Kenneth Allen Fraser

March 12, 1937 ‒ August 26, 2011

Ontario, Ohio

ONTARIO – Ken Fraser was black-and-white…in a

gray world. He knew right from wrong and

lived his life accordingly. He knew that the

good thing to do was also the right thing to

do – and he could not neglect someone’s need.

His generous and kind heart made him somewhat

of a philanthropist – on the personal level.

Ken passed from this life to be with

the Lord Friday, August 26, 2011 from Mill

Creek Nursing & Rehabilitation in Galion. He

was 74.

Born March 12, 1937 in Detroit,

Michigan, to Thomas & Helen (Gould) Fraser,

Ken moved to the Mansfield area at a young

age, and was graduated from Tiro High School

in 1955.

He served with the U.S. Army for two

years, stationed in Germany, and was inducted

into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.

Ken never forgot his modest

upbringing in Detroit. Though an Ohio

resident most of his life, he remained loyal

to the sports teams of Detroit, and was an

ardent fan of the University of Michigan.

Scarlet and Gray were not welcome in his

home, and foreign cars were not allowed on

his driveway. His humble roots (as a child,

his only Christmas gifts were shoes, donated

by a local charity) compelled him to serve

others. Every Thanksgiving he loaded up his

(American) car with food, that he’d spend the

day delivering to others. That day was just

an example of a life concerned for others.

More than 45 years, Ken worked with

the maintenance department of the General

Motors plant in Ontario, retiring in 2004. He

was a member of UAW Local #549, headed-up the

UAW’s Veterans Committee, and was active with

the Care & Share Group of GM employees.

Civic minded, Ken coached youth

baseball for many years, served as a Boy

Scout leader, and volunteered with, and

served on the board of the Richland County

Chapter of the American Red Cross.

He drove school bus for Ontario Local

Schools from 1968 to 1980, and had served as

president of the Ontario Chapter of the

Association for Children with Learning

Disabilities. He railed against the label

“slow learner” educating parents and teachers

that LD children simply learn differently. He

served as director for the ACLD central Ohio

region, and chaired fund-raising drives in

Richland County for mental health.

Ken was a member of Berean Baptist

Church.

Ken is survived by his wife Catherine

R. “Kitty” (Carbetta) Fraser, whom he married

February 12, 2005; his sons and daughters-in-

law Richard J. & Kelly Fraser of Cape Coral,

FL, Kenneth A. Fraser, II, of Ft. Pierce, FL,

and Sean & Jennifer Fraser of Mansfield;

grandchildren Mick & Brittany Fraser, Shanna

Fraser, Amber Carlisle, Chad Carlisle, Blake

Fraser, Roxie Fraser, Hallie Fraser and Gavin

Fraser; great grandchildren Alley and Ashton

Fraser; stepchildren Marc Carbetta of

Colorado Springs, CO, Nick & Laurie Carbetta

of Mansfield, Tim Carbetta of Columbus and

Tracey & Mike Porter of Canton; nine step

grandchildren; two step great grandchildren;

brother and sister-in-law Don & Anna Fraser

of Ontario; sister Elaine Akers of Denver,

CO; sister-in-law Elaine Fraser of Selkirk,

Manitoba, Canada; and numerous nieces and

ephews.

He was preceded in death by his first

wife Phyllis Ann McGee Fraser on August 18,

2001. Also deceased are his parents, a sister

Geri Clark, a brother Colin Fraser and a step

grandchild.

The Fraser family will receive

friends Thursday, September 1, 2011 from 2-4

and 6-8 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the

Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion

Avenue (Former Finefrock Funeral Home), where

his funeral service will be held Friday at 11

a.m. Pastor David J. Pound will officiate

and the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial

Detail will honor his military service.

Memorial contributions to the

Richland County Chapter of the American Red

Cross may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to

serve the Fraser family. Private online

condolences to them may be made at:

www.snyderfuneralhomes.com