Derek Fraser

February 08, 1930 ‒ January 28, 2016

Galion, Ohio

Derek E. Fraser, 85 of Galion passed away Thursday morning, January 28 2016 in Altercare of Bucyrus where he has been a resident for the past four years.

He was born February 8, 1930 in India and was the son of Herman Ernest and Mabel (Duke) Fraser. Derek married Elizabeth G. “Betty” (Woods) Fraser on March 21, 1953 and they enjoyed 61 years until her passing on December 16, 2014.

Derek and Betty moved to Galion in 1967 and he worked at the former ITT North Electric in Galion where he was a design engineer and went into sales where he traveled all over the world. Derek loved gardening, fishing and especially spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his children, David (Terri) Fraser of Ostrander, Jane Fraser of Northwood, Simon (Carmen) Fraser of Mansfield and Christine (Joe) Ward of Vero Beach, Fla.; 8 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren and a sister, Barbara Brown of Middlesex, England,

In addition to his parents and wife he is also preceded in death by a daughter Shirley Loyer, sisters Mitzi Paczensky, Kathleen Bobb and Irene Fraser and brothers Gerry, George and Lloyd Fraser.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel in Galion is honored to serve the family of Derek Fraser, and condolences may be made to them at

  • Jane, David, Simon, Chrissy, Justin, Jason, & Amanda and all the rest of the Fraser family I don’t know: My deepest sympathy in the loss of your dad/grandpa.
    May the Lord abundantly Bless you with HIS peace, comfort & Strength. I always remember him as the distinguished mystery man,, so I loved reading his obituary and smiled as I read, “he traveled all over the world.” Many times I heard Shirley say, “he’s traveling again.” She was never upset about that, she was always very proud of his worldly travels and your mom ran the show beautifully when he was gone esp when she had mischievous children :). I so loved being a part of this beautiful family. It truly warms my heart to know he is home with his wife and daughter. All my love and prayers, Phyllis Atkinson

  • Jamee,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know we are praying for you and your family. May God comfort you with His love and His peace.
    Love you,
    Miss Sue

  • Lots of good memories of your Dad/Grandpa. I can still remember all of the garden goods he would share with us when he was able to garden. And, how particular he was with his yard. And, how he loved each of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • My sympathy goes out to the family during your time of grief. May you all look to the fulfillment of Jesus promise at John 5:28,29

  • To the Frazer Family,
    Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the loss of Derek. You have your Mom and now your Dad pas in such a short time.
    The Ron Nelson Family