TIPP CITY – Terry J. Frazier of Tipp City, Ohio, died unexpectedly and far too soon on July 11, 2014, four days before his planned retirement. Terry was born in Titusville, Pa., on June 22, 1949, to Harold B. and Marjorie (Carroll) Frazier. He was the younger brother of Gary D., who repeatedly told people he had been expecting a pony as his "big surprise" that summer.
The family moved when he was 3, and Terry grew up in Urbana, Ohio. He played the saxophone in the marching band, sang in the school choir, and graduated from Urbana High School in 1967. He attended General Motors Institute and worked for Delphi as an engineer for more than 40 years. He traveled extensively during his career, and had the opportunity to live with his family in Portugal and in Texas (while working in Mexico). Terry spoke fluent Spanish, Portuguese, some German, and was learning Chinese. He was proud of his engineering work, and helped design tools to make instrument panels in many GM model cars.
His engineering background contributed to his many hobbies, from working on cars and Harley-Davidson motorcycles, to building elaborate model train systems, and even blasting off rockets with his kids. He built several crazy contraptions for his children and grandchildren, from a motorized lawn chair to a twin bed shaped like a train. He loved fishing, boating, grilling and eating spicy food, and singing.
Terry never met a stranger. He had a way of looking you in the eye and making you feel like the most important person in the room. He had an unshakeable faith in God, and sang in his church choir. While many of us might be asking why he had to leave us so soon, we are sure he would tell us it's all part of a greater plan. To know him was to feel closer to God.
He will be missed by everyone who knew him, and especially his family. He is survived by his wife of nearly 38 years, Jill; their children Cole, Kaitlyn, Troy (Mikah); grandchildren Cade, Trace and Claire; nieces Melissa (Ron) Weber of Columbus and Myrtle (Denny) Wray of Mansfield.
Friends can celebrate his life with his family on Sunday, July 20, at 3 p.m. at the Tipp City United Methodist Church, Tipp City, OH 45371. Family members will be greeting guests beginning at 2 p.m. The family requests casual dress in honor of how much Terry hated ties. Your favorite Harley-Davidson or similar T-shirt would be most appropriate. Friends will be invited to share a special memory.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, the Salvation Army, or the