Worthington High Schools Alumni Club - Deceased Classmates

First Name
Dr. Harry Williamson "Bill"
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High School
Worthington High School

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H.W. "Bill" Fraas, age 91, of Hot Springs, SD, passed away April 5, 2023, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Hot Springs, SD. Bill was born in Dayton, OH, on July 9, 1931, to Harry and Margaret (Williamson) Fraas. He graduated from Worthington High School in 1949, attended the college of Dentistry at Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, in 1956. While on the OSU track team he set a record in hurdles which still stands. He was in the ROTC Armor Division. Bill went on to service in the Dental Corps with the United States Army in Albuquerque, NM, from 1956, until his honorable discharge in 1958, at the rank of Captain. Bill was a member of the Kappa Sigma Social Fraternity and a member of the Psi Omega Professional Fraternity. Bill married Alice Jayne "AJ" Griffith on June 10, 1954. The couple lived outside Williamsport, OH, and Bill practiced dentistry in private practice in Circleville, OH, for 15 years. In 1973, they moved to Hot Springs, SD, where Bill was a dentist at the VA Hospital for 20 years. Bill had a very active life as he was an Eagle Scout, member of the Kiwanis Club, in Circleville; Methodist Church in Worthington, OH and Williamsport, OH (and member of the choir in Williamsport); SD State Chairman for Ducks Unlimited; SD State Chairman for the National Wild Turkey Federation; life member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation; life member of the National Rifle Association; member of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks 2005 West River Issues Working Group; a committee member for the "Turn In Poachers" SD Game and Parks; member of the guidance committee for the Cascade Road Nature Conservancy (Whitney Preserve) project; Board Member of the Black Hills Playhouse; Hot Springs School Board member; member of the Hot Springs, SD, Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee; member of the Hot Springs, SD BPOE; member and director of the Western South Dakota Buckaroo. Bill established one of the first conservation easements in South Dakota, on his property, to protect wildlife. Bill loved fishing and hunting, especially bird hunting with his beloved bird dogs. He and AJ ran a small herd of cattle and he enjoyed helping rancher friends with their brandings. Bill was preceded in death by his father and mother, his loving wife AJ and his sister, Ann Kramer. Survivors include two sons, Wyatt (Jeanie) Fraas of Coleridge, NE; Douglas (Kelly) Fraas of Redmond, OR; daughter, Tracy (Mark) Plessinger of Hot Springs; three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

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