Edward Hila Frazee (1915 - 1983)

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Nicknames: "Ed"
Birthplace: Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States
Death: Died in Santa Ana, Orange, California, United States
Cause of death: Cancer
Managed by: Bill Krueger
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About Edward Hila Frazee

November 21, 2011


Dear William and Pamela Krueger,

I am Noah Goddard and reside a few miles west of Lawrence, Kansas in Douglas County, about half an hour west of Kansas City on the Kansas Turnpike. I was born and raised in the small community of Freeman in western Cass County, Missouri.

I hope that you will not find this letter intrusive because that is not the purpose of my writing. Other members of my family and I are doing a genealogy search trying to put together a Goddard family history for future generations. While browsing on "find a grave.com" I came across the obituary of Ed Frazee. As I read further I also noticed that Doris had also passed away. I am terribly sorry to hear of their passing. It is never easy to lose a family member and loved one.

Both Doris and Ed had a positive and profound impact on me during the brief time that I knew them. I was 18 at the time and Doris was 19. I first met the family when they joined the Christian Church in our small community of Freeman, Missouri. Doris was a spiritually guided person and explained to me that going forward and making a public acknowledgement of her faith in Jesus Christ was important to her because she had said the words before but that those words took on a different and deeper meaning (in her heart and soul) as she stood before our congregation and renewed her personal commitment, and that it was something she had to do.

Ed was a kind of guy who gave you the impression that he thought he could conquer anything that he set out to do. He immediately became my role model. As I recall he had a '55 Chevrolet, two tone red and crème color. That was the first year Chevy came out with a V-8 engine. Ed traded it for a new Cadillac coupe Deville. Quite a guy!

He also had a heavy construction business in Raytown with lots of earth moving equipment. In fact, that was his motto, "We Move The Earth." He had decals on all of his trucks and equipment with a picture of a big caterpillar with the dozer blade pushing a big round picture of the globe with his motto written underneath it. He bought that old abandoned tree and brush-covered farm about 3 & 1/2 miles north east of Freeman, where we used to hunt wild game when I was a kid, and in a matter of months with a huge bulldozer transformed it into a paradise. He built ponds of various sizes in every gully and crevice. Doris and I built fires with the left over brush and wood and roasted marsh mellows and ice skated on the ponds.

It was a memorable winter. Sometimes we just stayed in and put logs in the fireplace. During those evenings around the fire Ed would tell us about how he loved his Colorado ranch and could hardly wait until he and his brother could get the Frazee Brothers Construction Company to making enough money so he could devote all of his time to ranching. Doris would tell me of the wonderful times she had horseback riding on her dad's ranch in the Cripple Creek area. She even had a ring that was made of Cripple Creek gold. She liked it there. She said the peace and serenity of the mountains made her feel closer to God. So I am not surprised that she is at rest on Mt. Pisgah.

Ed used to tell me stories about his police experiences. I modeled after him and became a police officer after my tour of duty in the Air Force during the Vietnam era. I came to this area of Kansas after police work to teach criminal justice at Washburn University and then later became a consultant in my field before final retirement. So you might say that Ed influenced my entire adult career even though he likely never knew that.

After the house burned and they moved away from the Freeman area I lost contact with both Ed and Doris. I don't remember much about Eloise. Pamela was maybe in about second grade at the time. In fact, I would never have known about Doris if I had not accidentally come across Ed's obituary information on "Find a Grave.com." From reading all of the obituaries and news paper accounts it sounds as if Doris had a very fulfilling and successful personal and professional life.

I have included some pictures of me then and now so that you will know that I am a real person. I also attached some pictures of the house fire at the farm during the middle fifties.

I sincerely thank you for letting me share my thoughts of more than a half century ago.

May God bless and keep you,

Noah L. Goddard

nubians@earthlink.net

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1920 United States Federal Census

1920 United States Federal Census Name: Edward H Frazer [Edward H Frazee] [Edward H Frager] [Edward H Mager] Age: 4 [4 11/12] Birth Year: abt 1916 [abt 1915] Birthplace: Missouri Home in 1920: Kansas City Ward 15, Jackson, Missouri Race: White Gender: Male Relation to Head of House: Son Marital Status: Single Father's Name: Edward L Frazer Father's Birthplace: Kansas Mother's Name: Miranda Frazer Mother's Birthplace: Missouri Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age Edward L Frazer 36 Miranda Frazer 31 Lulen L Frazer 11 A Nellie Frazer 9 [7] Edward H Frazer 4 [4 11/12] Tabitha Stewart 74 Henry J Sears 40


Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Kansas City Ward 15, Jackson, Missouri; Roll: T625_928; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 245; Image: 399.



      
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Ed Frazee's Timeline

1915
February 26, 1915
Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States
1933
October 18, 1933
Age 18
Harrisonville, Cass, Missouri, United States
1936
May 26, 1936
Age 21
Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States
1959
1959
Age 43
MO, USA