Troy D. Fraser, 58, passed away at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, CO, on November 7, 2022 after a brief battle following a brain bleed.
Troy was born on September 30, 1964 in Lusk, WY, to Phil and Beulah (Penfield) Fraser. He was the youngest in his family. Troy grew up working alongside his family in ranching and the feedlot industry. The family moved several times while Troy was growing up. He graduated from High School in Tribune, KS and later attended school at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, WY.
Over the course of his life he had a variety of employment interests, including continued work with cattle in both feedlots and ranching. His caring side also encouraged him to help others as a Certified Nurse's Aide in Assisted Living and Home Health Care. His latest roles added his fencing business, "Rounder's Fencing Company" to his resume.
In August of 1997, he married Jayne Engler in Casper, Wyoming. Troy said that he knew Jayne was meant to be his wife because when they met, she knew how to make a great meatloaf and had her own copy of John Wayne's McClintock. The couple worked in various places before finding the Sandhills of Nebraska to be a perfect spot to settle. It was in Arthur, NE that Troy and Jayne chose to put down roots. This area was a wonderful location for Troy as he was able to combine his interests of working outdoors, horses, cattle, and roping into making a life that he loved.
The Frasers and the people of Arthur became friends, and Troy quickly added to his list of roping partners. For those who tried to pigeonhole Troy into a particular category as an individual, he was full of surprises. He was an avid reader of all genres of books but limited his reading to anything with pages. Troy enjoyed a variety of movies, including action films, mysteries, romantic comedies, Disney, and John Wayne Westerns. He had an uncanny skill of being able to name actors from movies and any other films they had starred in. He liked to try new foods and was especially fond of Mexican and Italian, but few meals could top his wife's baking. Troy and Jayne enjoyed traveling, with special trips to Hawaii, Louisiana for Mardi gras, Yellowstone, and Grand Junction.
In his spare time, Troy enjoyed participating in team roping and ranch rodeos, helping with Special Olympic Horse Shows, playing cards, board games, and laughing with friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, several aunts, uncles, cousins, beloved horse, Tiny, and numerous four-legged partners.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Jayne of 25 years; his in-laws, Jim & Deb Engler of Gering, NE; brothers-in-law, JB Engler of Whitehall, MT and Jared (Maryellen) Engler of Stamford, CT; sisters-in-law, Megan (Mike) Riley of Portland, OR; and Shannon Helland of Bloomington, MN; along with aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and his beloved dog, Pip. Additional survivors include his siblings, Stani Murray of Delano, TN, and Calvin (Kim) Fraser of Brule, NE. Troy held a special place in the hearts of many family members and friends and their children who he loved and mentored throughout their times together.
Per Troy's wishes, he was an organ donor and cremation has occurred. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials for later designation. Condolences may be shared at prairiehillsfuneralhome.com.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 2:00 pm at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Arthur, NE. Refreshments will be served following a time of sharing memories of Troy. Please bring your best stories to share.
Prairie Hills Funeral Home of Ogallala is assisting with arrangements.