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Richard Frazier Jr., Vietnam War veteran; Sept. 26, 1950 -- June 6, 2012

Richard Frazier Jr., a decorated Vietnam War veteran, died Wednesday in his Buffalo home. He was 61.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Frazier graduated from Burgard High School in 1969, where he majored in aviation mechanics.

Mr. Frazier studied at Jackson State College in Mississippi and was drafted into the Army in 1970. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal.

He went on to work at Hanna Furnace in Buffalo and later worked for the Postal Service before an accident forced him to retire on disability.

He was a member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, Buffalo, where he sang in the men's choir, and was a member of the Willing Workers. He also was a member of the Laymen's Committee at First Shiloh Baptist Church, Buffalo.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Battle. The two were married in 1979.

Survivors also include three children, Andre Payton, Kusiyo and Taylor; an adopted daughter, Danesha McLaughlin; his father, Richard Sr.; nine sisters, Mayonia Smith, Arlene Jacobs, Doris Mallard, and Laverne, Roxanne, Elizabeth, Patrice, Catherine and Bertha; and three brothers, Donald, Charles and Carl.

A funeral will be held at noon Wednesday in First Shiloh Baptist Church, 15 Pine St., Buffalo, with a wake at 11.

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