James Elbert Fraser

Born: Tue., Apr. 8, 1930
Died: Mon., Dec. 19, 2011

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James E. "Jim" Fraser – a longtime resident of Pilot Rock, died early Monday morning, December 19, 2011 in the Willowbrook Terrace Care Center in Pendleton. He had been in ill health for some time, culminating in inoperable lung cancer. He was 81 years old. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. and will be held in the Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. Pastor Todd Bensel of Pilot Rock will officiate. A private interment will be in the Pilot Rock Cemetery, Pilot Rock, Oregon. You may sign the online register book, or send condolences at www.burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Jim was born April 8, 1930 on rural Texas Ridge near Kendrick, Idaho. He was the son of Kenneth Leroy Fraser and Minnie Ellen Riley Fraser. He attended grade school in Juliaetta, Idaho and Irrigon, Oregon. He graduated from Irrigon High School in 1949. He worked the next two years on a wheat ranch in Arlington, Oregon. During the Korean War, after finishing basic training in California, Jim was sent to Korea where he spent time in combat. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Stars and a Combat Infantry Badge. He was discharged in September of 1960. Following his service, had worked a few years in Arlington before moving to Pilot Rock. Most of his life, Jim was an avid outdoorsman doing much hunting and fishing with family and friends. Jim married Betty Rose Sampson June 14, 1967. She preceded him in death on December 13, 2004. He is survived by: sisters, Maxine Leonard of Los Angeles, California, and Clara Ellen Brown of Hermiston, Oregon; step-sons, Sonny Sampson of Pilot Rock, Jerry Sampson of Walla Walla, Washington and Tom Sampson of Kennewick, Washington; a step-daughter, Sandra Erickson, and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, his parents, a brother, Elton, and stepdaughter, Lonnie Norquist.

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Kathee Stelk Moffett
   Posted Tue December 20, 2011
So Sorry

Richard Moffett
   Posted Tue December 20, 2011
I will miss his stories, he was a good friend of my Aunat Susie.

HUGH GRIM
   Posted Wed December 21, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. Jim and I were the best of friends in our younger years.

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