Dennis J. Frazier left his earthly home to meet the Lord on July 10, 2021. He was born on January 22, 1945 in Carrollton, Illinois, the son of Thomas and Ruth (Black) Frazier.
In 1960 he met the love of his life, Connie Neese, at a church Halloween party, and they were seldom apart from that moment on. They were married seven years later on September 15, 1967.
After graduating from Jersey Community High School in 1963, he briefly attended Greenville College before transferring to SIUE where he was awarded his Bachelor of Science degree.
He went to work soon after as a math teacher at Jersey Community High School where he taught for over 13 years. While there, he coached football and was the Math Club sponsor. He took some time off from teaching to sell insurance for Country Companies where he also worked as a crop adjustor, but he wouldn’t stay away from teaching for long. In 1988 he began his 19 year tenure in the Alton School District, teaching at East Elementary, West Elementary (where he coached track), and Alton High School. He returned to SIUE to earn a Master of Science degree in Education in 1997 and shortly after began teaching at Lewis and Clark Community College. In addition to teaching, he ran a successful tax business for over 40 years.
A lifelong member of Delhi Baptist Church, he exemplified the two greatest commandments in the Bible: he loved the Lord with all his heart and he loved his neighbor as much or more than himself. He served as a youth leader and a deacon, taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, and rarely missed an opportunity to attend a service. In his free time he enjoyed volunteering as a board member at the Jersey County Historical Society and with the Gideons.
Although he was known as many things: expert teacher, master fish fryer, avid hunter, sports enthusiast, skilled gardener, and food connoisseur, he will forever be remembered as a lover of people. He truly never met a stranger. Whether family or friend, if anyone was in need, he was among the first in line to meet it. No words can describe the kind of husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend he was to the people in his life. He truly was one of the kindest, funniest, smartest, hardworking, and moral men this world has known and in his final moments, he was surrounded by family who loved him.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Connie Frazier; his daughter, Michelle Tucker (Tom); his son Michael Frazier (Julia); his grandchildren, Rileigh Griffin (Sean), Thomas, Avery, and Jace Tucker; and his brother, James Frazier (Peggy).
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Ruth Frazier; his brother, Thomas Frazier (Frances “Butch”); and his sister, Sandra Kuehnel (Bill).
Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, July 15 at Alexander Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 16 with a visitation starting at 10:00 am and the service starting at 11:00 am at Delhi Baptist Church. Pastor Jeff Warix will officiate the service and burial will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Delhi Baptist Church.
Please note that due to construction, the church can be reached by taking Range Line Road if coming from the north and Lageman Road if coming from the south.
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