On December 15th, 2019 Richard Fraley of Gakona, AK passed away surrounded by his loved ones, Mo, Caleb, Adam and his loving wife by his side.
Richard was born on January 12th, 1958 in Klamath Falls, Oregon to Doris Paup and Floyd Fraley. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the Army serving his country for several years. Just over 30 years ago Richard made his way to Alaska living in Anchorage, Copper Valley, Valdez, and Gakona. In 2008 Richard and Linda were married for the second time after a 28 year divorce.
He was an accomplished outdoorsman that enjoyed fishing and hunting. He had hunted brown bear, moose and caribou. Richard would often take young men under his tutelage in butchering, rifle sighting and cooking. He was the proprietor of Meiers Lake Roadhouse along with his wife Linda, daughter, Mo, step-son, Adam and son-in-law Caleb.
Along with being the proprietor he was the maintenance man and the breakfast cook, making breakfast every morning for travelers and anyone that stopped in. As Richard’s family has said, “He will be missed by many”
Richard was diagnosed with lung cancer March 2015 and completed this year with numerous chemotherapy and radiation sessions. In December 2018 he was struck with a brain tumor. His, beloved daughter, Mo, nursed him through a year of seizures and brain surgeries. They made their trips to Mayo Clinic in Rochester three times. They made a farewell trip to visit his family in Portland and Medford, Oregon and Yreka, California in October.
Richard is survived by his wife Linda Fraley, daughter Melissa Rauen and son-in-law Caleb Rauen, and son Adam Anderson (at Meier’s Lake Roadhouse), sisters Teri Mitchell (Medford, OR) and Teri Henderson (Carson City, NV), aunts and uncles Gail and Dan Picker (Portland, OR), Betty and Roy Johnson (Yreka, CA). He is preceded in death by his father Floyd Fraley, stepmother Sharon Fraley, mother Doris Paup and his beloved cousin, Ricky Johnson.
Memorial services will be on January 19th, 2020 at 11 am at Meiers Lake Roadhouse located at mile 170 on the Richardson Highway. The family asks that people RSVP and inform them of number in party to 907-822-3151 and in lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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