Roger L. Frayre

  Roger Lewis Frayre, age 77, passed away Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at his home in Lansing, Michigan with his family. Roger was born May 27, 1937 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan to the late Anthony Panfilo Frayre and Bernice (Foutch) Frayre.  Roger was also preceded in death by his loving grandparents, May and Floyd Foutch.

Roger graduated in 1955 from Mt. Pleasant High School where he excelled in sports earning 9 letters in 5 different sports.  Roger was honored into the M.P.H.S Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. In January 1955 Roger was honored to be chosen the Central Michigan Area Baseball Player of the Year.  He topped the Oilers in home runs, total bases, hitting, and runs batted in.  His real feats were in pitching where he compiled a record of 56 innings without allowing a run and was undefeated.

Roger attended Central Michigan University graduating in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science Degree.  After college Roger and family lived in San Diego, California then returned to live in Lansing.

Roger worked in Quality Control at General Motors Fisher Body Plant in Lansing until 2000. Roger married his High School sweetheart Marilyn Jo (Dargitz) Frayre in 1956 in Clare, Michigan.  Marilyn and his family were precious to him and he was dearly loved in return.

Roger and Marilyn enjoyed their trips around Michigan, neighboring states, Canada and beyond. They needed to know what was over the next hill and down the little road, making a lot of adventures together.

Roger attended many dirt track Sprint races and he enjoyed older motorcycles, his Mega Mall booth, singing, and working in his yard.

Also surviving are Roger and Marilyn’s children, Daniel (Linda) Frayre, Steven (Laura) Frayre, and Elizabeth Frayre; grandchildren, Ashly (Kammy) Frayre, Matthew (Autumn) Frayre, Victoria Frayre, and Cheryl (Rory McCaslin) Frayre; and great-grandchildren, Carson, Brody, Layla, Camden, and Preston.  Also surviving are Roger’s half-brothers, Tony and Russell.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in loving memory of Roger, may be given to the Capital Area District Library (C.A.D.L.) – branch of your choice. There will be no service or visitation.  Arrangements by the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel.  Online condolences may be left for the family at

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Eleanor Pearsall Myers Quinlan
January 18, 2015 at 10:37 am

Dear Marilyn:

I am so sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. I was looking forward to perhaps seeing you both at our 60th class reunion this summer. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Russell L. Frayre
January 19, 2015 at 3:33 pm

Our family is saddened by the loss of Roger. Although we lost contact through the years my memories of the dynamic man will remain with me forever. Russell, Carla, Drew & Marina Frayre

Jack Lampman
January 20, 2015 at 12:50 pm

from Jack Lampman, Lansing & MPHS ’58. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Some members of our class of 1958 send Emails to keep us informed of MPHS past and presents activities. I posted a link to Roger’s obituary and Bob Lovejoy of our MPHS class sent the following response. I thought that Roger’s family should see these great words.
Bob wrote ” Roger Frayre was one of the finest athletes ever to wear Oiler Blue and Gold. He graduated 1955, played football with the likes of Mike Sweeney, Bud Foltz, Jerry Wiley and those that were State Champs 1953. He also played basketball, ran track, played baseball and tennis. He won more Varsity Letters than any other athlete to come out of MPHS. When we were Freshman, on a Saturday in May, 1955, Roger ran two relays in a track meet at CMC, won his tennis match at Island Park and pitched a 7 inning baseball game at the Park as that was our varsity field. That year he won 5 Varsity Letters. He also played baseball for CMU and played minor league baseball before his career in Lansing. I was on the Hall of Fame committee when Roger was inducted. His Dad was a cook at Falsetta’s Casa Nova. He became Bob Howard’s brother-in-law when Bob married Dianne. Roger was really good person”

Nels Larsen
January 29, 2015 at 10:55 am

Russell and Tony sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. Do you guys live in the central Mi area? I live in Midland.


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