Roy A. Fraki, 82, died Saturday, February 18th at his home in Sun City. He was born September 15, 1923, to Oscar and Hilma (Raattama) Fraki in Leaf Lake Township. He was raised on a farm near New York Mills, Minnesota and graduated high school in...
Roy A. Fraki, 82, died Saturday, February 18th at his home in Sun City. He was born September 15, 1923, to Oscar and Hilma (Raattama) Fraki in Leaf Lake Township. He was raised on a farm near New York Mills, Minnesota and graduated high school in 1941. He was employed by Marshall-Field before entering the military, served two years during World War II and was honorably discharged. In 1950 he received his B.S. degree from Moorhead State Teachers College, and spent twenty-six years teaching instrumental and vocal music at Fosston, Minnesota; Ordway, Colorado; and Deer Creek, Minnesota. Following his retirement he moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina where for many years he was handyman for the Flat Rock Playhouse and helped his sister Leona at The Merry Miller, her natural food store and cafeteria. The last six years he lived in Sun City near his sisters.
Roy Fraki followed current events and politics, enjoyed puttering around the house and yard, and could be persuaded to share memories of the good old days with interested family members. He was a devoted observer of nature, from the birds in his own backyard to residents of the San Diego Zoo where he was a member. He shared his passion for music with everyone. All varieties from opera to Broadway musicals, big bands and Ella Fitzgerald could be heard in the house. He nurtured music appreciation in his nieces and nephews as well. The following excerpt from Pueblo Star-Journal of Ordway Colorado (April, 1955) captures the essence of this teacher and music-lover:
Fraki virtually lives his music. His quiet manner, level gaze, enthusiastic interest and outstanding ability have earned him the respect and admiration of students and school patrons in Ordway.
He is a teacher who is interested in helping all of the children, not only the outstanding few with natural musical ability. Admirers of Fraki have said that if a child can toot, whistle or chirp, he or she is given an opportunity to develop potentialities under this remarkable man.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters (Siiri Majava, Ethel Alston, Elsie Crum, Leona Farquahr) and four brothers (Orville, Rufus, Reino, Bruce). He is survived by two sisters: Alice (Chuck) Varns and Nona (John) Schumacher of Sun City, and fourteen nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.
Services were held Monday, February 27, 2006, at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California. Memorials are preferred to: Hospice Program, 9961 Sierra Ave. 3A, Fontana, CA 92335; or your local hospice.