Front Range Obituaries 9-15: Merle O. Frasier; Laurin Keith Liddicoat; Earl D. Fulton; Charles R. Dittmer; Jack R, "JR" Gilstrap | TheFencePost.com
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Front Range Obituaries 9-15: Merle O. Frasier; Laurin Keith Liddicoat; Earl D. Fulton; Charles R. Dittmer; Jack R, "JR" Gilstrap

Merle O. Frasier, age 87, a rancher and cowboy from Benkelman, Neb., peacefully passed away on July 5, 2008, at Lemay Avenue Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Collins, Colo.

He was born on July 21, 1920, to Claude and Alma Frasier north of Benkelman, Neb. At the early age of 7, he was most familiar and adept at harnessing the work horses for the family’s farming. His passionate interest in horses and cattle was evident even prior to high school.

On April 7, 1939, he married Alice Beth Sims. The young couple began ranching on his grandparents’ Frasier ranch that had been homesteaded in 1885. To this union were born three daughters: Merlue Bethe, Dianne Claudette, and Jacqueline Lynn.

Merle bred and raised good Quarter horses that excelled in performance and racing, and produced many top roping, barrel, ranch and race horses. He also rodeoed professionally as a member of the Rodeo Cowboys Association, competing in calf roping. He was proud of being Gold Card holder #906 in the Association.

Merle was not one that followed in someone else’s footsteps; he blazed his own trails. He often bought and raised hundreds of southern cattle from Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico. He made many lifelong friends through rodeoing, buying and selling cattle, raising and training performance and race horses.

Merle is survived by his daughters, Merlue and husband Dennis Davies of Fort Collins, Dianne Anderson of Drumright, Okla., and Jacqueline and husband Roger Herrick of Stapleton, Neb.; five grandchildren: Galen Anderson and Glenna Villarreal, Tyler and Jason Herrick and Cody Bear Killer; and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Virginia Dixon of Benkelman; and a host of nieces and nephews, additional family members and friends.

Interment took place at the Benkelman Cemetery on July 10.

Merle O. Frasier, age 87, a rancher and cowboy from Benkelman, Neb., peacefully passed away on July 5, 2008, at Lemay Avenue Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Collins, Colo.

He was born on July 21, 1920, to Claude and Alma Frasier north of Benkelman, Neb. At the early age of 7, he was most familiar and adept at harnessing the work horses for the family’s farming. His passionate interest in horses and cattle was evident even prior to high school.

On April 7, 1939, he married Alice Beth Sims. The young couple began ranching on his grandparents’ Frasier ranch that had been homesteaded in 1885. To this union were born three daughters: Merlue Bethe, Dianne Claudette, and Jacqueline Lynn.

Merle bred and raised good Quarter horses that excelled in performance and racing, and produced many top roping, barrel, ranch and race horses. He also rodeoed professionally as a member of the Rodeo Cowboys Association, competing in calf roping. He was proud of being Gold Card holder #906 in the Association.

Merle was not one that followed in someone else’s footsteps; he blazed his own trails. He often bought and raised hundreds of southern cattle from Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico. He made many lifelong friends through rodeoing, buying and selling cattle, raising and training performance and race horses.

Merle is survived by his daughters, Merlue and husband Dennis Davies of Fort Collins, Dianne Anderson of Drumright, Okla., and Jacqueline and husband Roger Herrick of Stapleton, Neb.; five grandchildren: Galen Anderson and Glenna Villarreal, Tyler and Jason Herrick and Cody Bear Killer; and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Virginia Dixon of Benkelman; and a host of nieces and nephews, additional family members and friends.

Interment took place at the Benkelman Cemetery on July 10.

Merle O. Frasier, age 87, a rancher and cowboy from Benkelman, Neb., peacefully passed away on July 5, 2008, at Lemay Avenue Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Collins, Colo.

He was born on July 21, 1920, to Claude and Alma Frasier north of Benkelman, Neb. At the early age of 7, he was most familiar and adept at harnessing the work horses for the family’s farming. His passionate interest in horses and cattle was evident even prior to high school.

On April 7, 1939, he married Alice Beth Sims. The young couple began ranching on his grandparents’ Frasier ranch that had been homesteaded in 1885. To this union were born three daughters: Merlue Bethe, Dianne Claudette, and Jacqueline Lynn.

Merle bred and raised good Quarter horses that excelled in performance and racing, and produced many top roping, barrel, ranch and race horses. He also rodeoed professionally as a member of the Rodeo Cowboys Association, competing in calf roping. He was proud of being Gold Card holder #906 in the Association.

Merle was not one that followed in someone else’s footsteps; he blazed his own trails. He often bought and raised hundreds of southern cattle from Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico. He made many lifelong friends through rodeoing, buying and selling cattle, raising and training performance and race horses.

Merle is survived by his daughters, Merlue and husband Dennis Davies of Fort Collins, Dianne Anderson of Drumright, Okla., and Jacqueline and husband Roger Herrick of Stapleton, Neb.; five grandchildren: Galen Anderson and Glenna Villarreal, Tyler and Jason Herrick and Cody Bear Killer; and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Virginia Dixon of Benkelman; and a host of nieces and nephews, additional family members and friends.

Interment took place at the Benkelman Cemetery on July 10.

Merle O. Frasier, age 87, a rancher and cowboy from Benkelman, Neb., peacefully passed away on July 5, 2008, at Lemay Avenue Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Collins, Colo.

He was born on July 21, 1920, to Claude and Alma Frasier north of Benkelman, Neb. At the early age of 7, he was most familiar and adept at harnessing the work horses for the family’s farming. His passionate interest in horses and cattle was evident even prior to high school.

On April 7, 1939, he married Alice Beth Sims. The young couple began ranching on his grandparents’ Frasier ranch that had been homesteaded in 1885. To this union were born three daughters: Merlue Bethe, Dianne Claudette, and Jacqueline Lynn.

Merle bred and raised good Quarter horses that excelled in performance and racing, and produced many top roping, barrel, ranch and race horses. He also rodeoed professionally as a member of the Rodeo Cowboys Association, competing in calf roping. He was proud of being Gold Card holder #906 in the Association.

Merle was not one that followed in someone else’s footsteps; he blazed his own trails. He often bought and raised hundreds of southern cattle from Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico. He made many lifelong friends through rodeoing, buying and selling cattle, raising and training performance and race horses.

Merle is survived by his daughters, Merlue and husband Dennis Davies of Fort Collins, Dianne Anderson of Drumright, Okla., and Jacqueline and husband Roger Herrick of Stapleton, Neb.; five grandchildren: Galen Anderson and Glenna Villarreal, Tyler and Jason Herrick and Cody Bear Killer; and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Virginia Dixon of Benkelman; and a host of nieces and nephews, additional family members and friends.

Interment took place at the Benkelman Cemetery on July 10.

Merle O. Frasier, age 87, a rancher and cowboy from Benkelman, Neb., peacefully passed away on July 5, 2008, at Lemay Avenue Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Collins, Colo.

He was born on July 21, 1920, to Claude and Alma Frasier north of Benkelman, Neb. At the early age of 7, he was most familiar and adept at harnessing the work horses for the family’s farming. His passionate interest in horses and cattle was evident even prior to high school.

On April 7, 1939, he married Alice Beth Sims. The young couple began ranching on his grandparents’ Frasier ranch that had been homesteaded in 1885. To this union were born three daughters: Merlue Bethe, Dianne Claudette, and Jacqueline Lynn.

Merle bred and raised good Quarter horses that excelled in performance and racing, and produced many top roping, barrel, ranch and race horses. He also rodeoed professionally as a member of the Rodeo Cowboys Association, competing in calf roping. He was proud of being Gold Card holder #906 in the Association.

Merle was not one that followed in someone else’s footsteps; he blazed his own trails. He often bought and raised hundreds of southern cattle from Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico. He made many lifelong friends through rodeoing, buying and selling cattle, raising and training performance and race horses.

Merle is survived by his daughters, Merlue and husband Dennis Davies of Fort Collins, Dianne Anderson of Drumright, Okla., and Jacqueline and husband Roger Herrick of Stapleton, Neb.; five grandchildren: Galen Anderson and Glenna Villarreal, Tyler and Jason Herrick and Cody Bear Killer; and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Virginia Dixon of Benkelman; and a host of nieces and nephews, additional family members and friends.

Interment took place at the Benkelman Cemetery on July 10.


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