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Rod Frazier, William Schreyer's Son-In-Law, Passes Away At 54

by on April 10, 2015 7:15 AM

You might not recognize the name Rod Frazier, but he certainly knew State College better than most.

This week, the community lost a man with immensely close ties to State College and Penn State when Frazier unexpectedly passed away on April 4.

Frazier's path to State College isn't the typical journey to these parts of central Pennsylvania. He didn't come from his hometown of St. Louis to attend Penn State. 

In fact, Frazier's ties to the area began at the age of 26 in Dallas. Yes, the city in Texas, over 1,380 miles away.

That's where Frazier married DrueAnne Schreyer, the daughter of former Merrill Lynch CEO and Penn State Board of Trustees president William Schreyer. Frazier's father-in-law was the namesake of Penn State's honors college. 

After marrying DrueAnne, they welcomed two children, Kelly and Charlie, to the world. Frazier then moved to Palm Harbor, Florida, where he opened some T.G.I. Fridays franchises before eventually moving to his longtime home in State College.

Frazier and his family settled down in a town that was very familiar to his wife. He managed the food and beverages at the Nittany Lion Inn for some time before starting a family business.

Along with his wife and father-in-law, Frazier started a real estate company. He stayed in that industry for most of his career, later partnering with Robert E. Poole as vice president of S&A Homes, a State College-based construction company. 

While the majority of Frazier's career was spent in the food and real estate industries, he later pursued an unexpected passion. Frazier founded Happy Valley Tours in 2013, a Segway tour company that explored the Penn State campus and local nature spots.

Outside of work, Frazier was a diehard fan of Penn State sports, inspired by meeting legendary football coach Joe Paterno. He often attended Nittany Lions basketball games as well. When he wasn't watching college sports, Frazier was keen on the Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Cardinals. 

Frazier was an animal lover and had fostered kittens through the Centre County PAWS shelter. 

Frazier was 54 years old when he passed away after suffering a pulmonary embolism. He is survived by his wife and children, his brother David, his sister Judi, and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

The family will see visitors on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Founders Club Lounge, located in the Bryce Jordan Center.

The family requests that gentlemen not wear neck-ties in honor of Rod’s distaste for them, and no flowers due to Drue’s allergies. - See more at: http://www.kochfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/978/Rodney_Glen_Frazier/obituary.html#tribute-start
The family requests that gentlemen not wear neck-ties in honor of Rod’s distaste for them, and no flowers due to Drue’s allergies. - See more at: http://www.kochfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/978/Rodney_Glen_Frazier/obituary.html#tribute-start
The family requests that gentlemen not wear neck-ties in honor of Rod’s distaste for them, and no flowers due to Drue’s allergies - See more at: http://www.kochfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/978/Rodney_Glen_Frazier/obituary.html#tribute-start
The family requests that gentlemen not wear neck-ties in honor of Rod’s distaste for them, and no flowers due to Drue’s allergies. - See more at: http://www.kochfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/978/Rodney_Glen_Frazier/obituary.html#tribute-start
The family requests that gentlemen not wear neck-ties in honor of Rod’s distaste for them, and no flowers due to Drue’s allergies. - See more at: http://www.kochfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/978/Rodney_Glen_Frazier/obituary.html#tribute-start
The family requests that gentlemen not wear neck-ties in honor of Rod’s distaste for them, and no flowers due to Drue’s allergies. - See more at: http://www.kochfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/978/Rodney_Glen_Frazier/obituary.html#tribute-start
The family requests that gentlemen not wear neck-ties in honor of Rod’s distaste for them, and no flowers due to Drue’s allergies - See more at: http://www.kochfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/978/Rodney_Glen_Frazier/obituary.html#tribute-start

Men are asked not to wear neck-ties in honor of Rod’s distaste for them. Instead of flowers the family requests that a donation be made to the Rodney Frazier Memorial. Information on where to send a donation can be found on the Koch Funeral Home website.

The family requests that gentlemen not wear neck-ties in honor of Rod’s distaste for them, and no flowers due to Drue’s allergies. - See more at: http://www.kochfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/978/Rodney_Glen_Frazier/obituary.html#tribute-start

 

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Zach Berger is the managing editor of StateCollege.com. He graduated from Penn State University in 2014 with a degree in print journalism. Zach enjoys writing about a variety of topics ranging from football to government, music, and everything in between.
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