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William F. Frazier

March 28, 1927 — April 14, 2017

         William Fiske Frazier Jr., 90, of Muncy Valley died at Williamsport Hospital on April 14th with his family by his side. He was born on March 28th, 1927 in Burlington Vermont.  Surviving are his wife, Mildred Hart Frazier to whom he was married 69 years, his sister Elizabeth Karplus of Orinda, CA, his sister-in-law Rev. Elizabeth Frazier of Madison, CT, his children Constance Hubbard (George) of Huntington Mills, PA, William Frazier III (Ellen Schaefer) of Muncy Valley, PA, Linda Fulmer (James) of Hamburg, PA, and seven grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. Bill was preceded in death by brothers, Rev. Donald Frazier and Wilfred Frazier, both of West Haven CT and by daughter Penelope.  The son of Rev. William F. and Minnie H. Frazier, Bill moved to Sullivan County from Old Greenwich, CT, at 17 to start a farming career. After a few years of working on his wife’s family farm in Estella with brother–in-law Bill Hart, (who passed away the same day), Bill Frazier purchased a farm in Muncy Valley. Both Bill and his brother-in-law were recognized with numerous awards for being outstanding dairymen and conservationists in Sullivan County. He was heavily involved with many farm groups including various Penn State Extension committees and DHIA. Bill was in the dairy business until the age of 67 and continued being involved in the running and management of his farm until his death.   Bill’s farm was his passion, and he was considered one of the region’s top milk producers in quality and herd average. In that vein and true to his dairy roots and knowledge of the inner working of the dairy industry, Bill rearranged his grocery shopping schedule so he could be at Wegmans on the day the milk came in and get the freshest bottle they had.  Maintaining the oft-photographed farm views along Route 220 was also important to Bill. He liked to describe the intersection of his farm and Route 42 as “the entrance to Sullivan County”, and he did his best to keep it looking neat and well-kept with every piece of equipment being put away before the end of the day.   Bill was very involved in his community, being a lifelong contributor to the Muncy Valley Fire Volunteer Company. Following a bit in his father’s ministerial work, Bill was most passionate about the church. On his own headstone he wished to have the inscription, “With the will of God and the help of the congregations, he drew and built two churches in Sullivan County as did his grandfather, Sheldron Fiske Frazier.” The two churches were the Valley United Methodist Church and the St. Peter’s Church at Hugo’s Corners, Elkland. Bill was on the board of trustees of the Valley United Methodist Church.  In addition to a love of family and church, Bill and Millie loved to travel.  Some of his best memories were traveling with his father throughout the US for church and banking business as a boy. Later in life the “Blue Whale”, a ford van, transported Bill and Millie with children and grandchildren in tow over much of the US and Canada. Bill loved learning about America and studied routes and history in advance of each week or month long trip to best take advantage of the adventures to come.  Finally the depth of Bill’s love of family came through with the last ten years of his life being dedicated to the care of his wife who has Alzheimer’s. Bill was able to keep Millie, with the help of his children, in her accustomed home. In those final years Bill often expressed to his doctor that they needed to keep him going so he could see to her care.  A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on May 6th at the Valley United Methodist Church on Route 220, Muncy Valley, PA., all are invited. Donations can be made to the Valley Methodist Church, 1874 Rt. 220, Muncy Valley PA 17758 or the Muncy Valley Volunteer Fire Company, RT 42 Hwy, Muncy Valley, PA 17758.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction to the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA 18614.  To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go to www.homerfuneralhome.com.           To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of William F. Frazier, please visit our flower store.

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