Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 30, 2013

R.B. Frazier

ACME — R.B. Frazier, 85, of Acme, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.

R.B. was born on Jan. 26, 1928, in Eustace, Texas, to the late James A. and Birdie Mae (Johnson) Frazier. He married Ivah M. Miller on Sept. 4, 1954, in Clovis, N.M. Together they raised eight wonderful children.

R.B. honorably served our country in the United States Army and Air Force, earning both the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Upon his return from service, he worked for AT&T in the Management and Switch Technician Departments. He was a dedicated pioneer member of Christ the King Catholic Church.

R.B. was an outdoor enthusiast. Building things also brought great joy to R.B. He built and remodeled several homes, a boat, and many other crafty items. However, spending time with his family brought the most happiness to his life. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Surviving R.B. is his wife, Ivah, of 59 wonderful years; children, Douglas (Teresa) Frazier, Denise (Marlie) Smith, Karen (Tom Gannon) Frazier, Cindy (Curt Keiser) Green, Tina (Kim) Tezak, Terry (Howard Geyer) Kantz, Pamela (Kurt Miller) Frazier, and Angela Iaconelli; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Erma Lee Lewis and Bertha Mae Bucholtz; and many other loving family members and friends.

R.B. was preceded in death by his parents; eight siblings; and son-in-law David Kantz.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. today, Dec. 30, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, with a scripture service at 6 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Christ the King Catholic Church, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will take place at the Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Christ The King Catholic Church, or Folds of Honor. Please sign R.B.’s online guestbook at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

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