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Mr. James Malcolm Black age 66 of Salem passed away Tuesday, June 25 at 9:20PM at Robley Rex VAMC in Louisville.
Mr. Black was born December 10, 1946 in Hammond, Indiana the son of James W. Grafton and Gertrude Hampsten. He was a disabled Vietnam War Army Veteran. He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. He was also a member of military order of Purple Heart and the First Cavalry Dvision Association. Mr. Black was also a member of the volunteer unit that provides graveside honors for deceased veterans.
He is survived by his wife: Betty Jane Engel Black. They were married September 17, 1996. He is also survived by a son: Randy Black of Crown Point, Indiana, a daughter: Donna Guerro of Gray, Indiana, a step-son: Anthony Jennette of Independence, Missouri, two step-daughters: Sophia Redmon of Radcliff, Kentucky and Stephanie Todd of Corydon, Indiana, two sisters: Becky Lakes of Oregon and Sandy McKenzie of Las Vegas, Nevada and 15 grandchildren.
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Oct. 3, 1947 - June 12, 2013)
Charles Chuck Lloyd Frazier died Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at home in Powell surrounded by loved ones. He was 65.
Chuck was born Oct. 3, 1947, to J. A. Al and Esteline Frazier in Glenwood Springs, Colo. They moved to Powell in the early 1950s, where he grew up with his siblings, Janna, Jerry and Tom.
He graduated from Powell High School in 1965. He attended MSU Bozeman, and then worked on the railroad and off-shore drilling rigs before enlisting in the Army in 1969.
Chuck earned the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2 as part of the 1st of the 9th Calvary. Serving in Vietnam from 1970-71, Chuck was a fearless helicopter pilot who is described by his fellow soldiers as a hero. His decorations include the Silver Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Flying Cross with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Soldiers Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal with numeral 3 and with Valor, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, the Purple Heart, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Service Medal. He also received certificates of appreciation from General W.C. Westmoreland (Chief of Staff) and President Richard Nixon.
After Vietnam, Chuck returned to Powell and joined his father running Powell Ready Mix and Cody Concrete for the next 20 years. They worked on projects like raising the Buffalo Bill Dam, the Sunlight Bridge and miles and miles of ditch lining.
In 1974, Chuck married the love of his life, Jody Allen of Powell. Through this union they were blessed with three children, Shawn, Jason and Kaela.
Chuck loved adventure and to do things that hadnt been done before, like flying his ultra-lite under the Willwood Bridge and landing on Main Street in Frannie to have a cup of coffee with the Simpsons. He loved to fly, whether it was in the air in his ultra-lite or on the ground with his cars and dirt bikes. He also enjoyed scuba diving and firearms.
Chuck was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign War, Vietnam Helicopter Pilot Association and the Vietnam Helicopter Crew Members Association.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, Al and Esteline Frazier, and sister, Janna Frazier Harkrider.
Survivors include his wife Jody; daughter Shawn (Ben) Hubbard; son Sgt. 1st Class Jason Frazier; daughter Kaela (Trevor) Nelson; grandchildren Caiden Gehrts, Callum Hubbard, Jordyn and Connor Nelson; and brothers Jerry and Tom (Margie) Frazier.
Funeral services will be held at the United Methodist Church in Powell at 1 p.m. on Friday June 21, with military services to follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project online at woundedwarriorproject.org/donate or mail to P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675.
Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family at www.thompsonfuneral.net or P.O. Box 807, Powell, WY 82435.
Steve passed away May 17th 2013