Cobblers’ Friendliest Custodian Passes Away

Mr. Larry Frease, a beloved custodian at Central High School for many years, passed away this past week. Larry always had a genuine smile and gentle hello for every one of us, and the Cobbler community will miss him greatly.

In honor of Larry, The Pine Needle would like to publish his obituary, borrowed from Kirk Funeral Home.

Larry P. Frease, 62, of Rapid City, died on Wed., March 9, 2011 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Larry was born June 20, 1948 in Rapid City to Orlo and Violet (Goldammer) Frease. He began his schooling in Mitchell and graduated from Rapid City High School in 1966. He married Peggy Simpson on Feb. 17, 1968 in Rapid City and this has been home ever since. Larry was a teamster until 2005 when he became employed with the Rapid City school system.

He was a member of South Maple United Methodist Church and the Elks Lodge. Larry was an avid New York Yankees fan and had a massive baseball card collection. He enjoyed coaching Harney Little League for an impressive 15 years.

He had a passion for hot rods and his 1963 Impala, hunting and fishing, gardening and playing pool. But his biggest passion was his grandchildren and spending time with his family and enjoying all of their sporting events throughout the years.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Frease; his mother, Violet Frease; his son, Rob Frease and his children Michael, Kadilynn and Bailee; two daughters, Sheila (Chris) Devine and their children Ciera and Kyleigh, and Tiffany (Bryce) Kulm and their children Ethan and Couper; his sister, Sherry (John) Dwyer; two brothers, Terry (Connie) Frease and Kerry (Sherry) Frease; and his daughter-in-law, Pam Frease, all of Rapid City.

Larry was preceded in death by his father, Orlo; his half-brother, Victor Japsen; and his father-in-law, Robert Simpson.

Visitation will be Fri., March 11, 2011 from 5pm to 7pm at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City, and then at the church for one hour before services.

Services are set for 11:00am Sat., March 12 at South Maple United Methodist Church in Rapid City with the Rev. John McKnight, Jr. officiating. Interment at Mountain View Cemetery in Rapid City will follow the reception at the church.

A memorial has been established to South Maple United Methodist Church and the John T. Vucurevich Regional Cancer Care Institute in Rapid City. Friends may sign Larry’s online guestbook at