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Obituaries

Obituaries

The Rev. Richard Carlton Fraley 1933 - 2009 Lawrence

Funeral services for the Rev. Richard Carlton “Dick” Fraley, 76, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Central United Methodist Church, Lawrence. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Fairlawn Cemetery in Hutchinson for Rev. Fraley and his wife.
Rev. Fraley died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.
He was born Jan. 4, 1933, in Hutchinson, the son of Edward Dial and Mareita Lyda Hipple Fraley.
Rev. Fraley graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1950. He received a degree in broadcast journalism from Kansas State University in 1954. He worked in radio broadcasting at KFH in Wichita, KVOE in Emporia and KWBW and KWHK in Hutchinson.
He left the radio business in 1974 to become executive director of the Dodge City Chamber of Commerce from 1974 until 1986. In 1986, he entered the St. Paul School of Theology to become a United Methodist minister. He began serving the United Methodist Church of Healy in 1987 and was ordained in 1994.
Rev. Fraley retired from the ministry in 1995 and moved to Lawrence with his wife. He remained active in the United Methodist ministry.
He was a member of the Lawrence Jayhawk Breakfast Rotary Club and received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. He enjoyed stamp collecting and was a member of the Lawrence Stamp Club. He was a supporter of public radio and Audio-Reader. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church.
He married Madge M. Salisbury on June 9, 1957, at the United Methodist Church in St. Marys. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family in June 2007. During their marriage, they lived in Hutchinson, Dodge City, Healy and Lawrence. She died May 14, 2009.
Survivors include a son, James A. and wife Amber, Lawrence; two daughters, Linda Martin and husband Larry, and Nancy Childers and husband David, all of Lawrence; five grandchildren, Jeremy and Tyler Martin, Sara Gillum, Michael Childers and Jordan Fraley; and five nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John “Jack” Edward; and a nephew, Garold.
Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
The family will meet friends from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. before services Monday at Central United Methodist Church.
The family suggests memorials to Central United Methodist Church, Kansas Public Radio or Audio-Reader, sent in care of the mortuary.
Online condolences may be sent at warrenmcelwain.com, subject: Fraley.