James P. Frazier

June 20, 1936 - April 7, 2019

James Frazier, 82 passed away Sunday April 7, 2019, surrounded by his loving family in Batavia, Illinois.  He was born in Missouri Valley Iowa on June 20, 1936, the son of W.H. and Verna (Egan) Frazier.  He was united in marriage to Merry Jean Gansemer on December 27, 1957 in Missouri Valley Iowa. 

James graduated high school from Missouri Valley High school and then attended Iowa State University where he graduated with his degree in Chemical Engineering.  He relocated to Illinois after graduation, where he later earned his MBA from the University of Chicago.  James spent his career working for Natural Gas Pipeline Company. 

In his free time James enjoyed being outside photographing nature, bike riding with his friends, playing with his dogs, and fishing.  James proudly accomplished the RAGBRAI multiple times with his grandson Nick.  He also completed numerous marathons. 

James is survived by his loving wife Jean, six children; Terri (Mike) Kirch, Catherine (Bryan) Cleghorn, Angela Frazier (Dan Venegas), Stephen (Rhonda) Frazier, Daniel (Donna) Frazier, Janet (William) Leonhard, 15 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and one on the way, and one sister. 

James is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and five brothers. 

Visitation will be held at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Avenue, Batavia, Illinois, Thursday April 11, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  A memorial Mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2300 Main Street, Batavia, Illinois on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 3:30 P.M.  A private burial will be in Missouri Valley, Iowa.   

The family would like to thank Vitas Hospice for the support and kindness of their staff and the superior care they took care of James and his family. 

Arrangements by Moss Family Funeral Home 630-879-7900 or




Guest Book

  • Donald Hall I enjoyed working with Jim at NGPL and respected his engineering knowledge and skills. I enjoyed our friendship and the times shared with him and Jean sitting on their deck in Glen Ellyn watching the fish, birds and squirrels while having martinis and the steaks or chicken that Jim would grill, the pizzas we shared on Wednesday evenings at their condo in Batavia overlooking the Fox River, the earlier walks and bicycle rides, the meals at Alfie's, and other things. I'll miss him. Don Hall
  • Eileen M Seehoffer I am so sorry for your loss! You are in my heart and my prayers!!! Sending my Love to you Angie, and your family at this difficult time.
  • Dave Fisher I’ll miss you Jim! What a great time we Natural Wheelmen all had biking together all those years ago. I would be remiss if I didn’t say this here; you were the best boss anyone could ask for, a skillful mentor, and most importantly, a treasured friend. I know this is the way all of your NGPL family felt! So sorry not to be able to share a trip to Borger or Emerson or Beatrice to work on a project under your wise and appreciative leadership ever again, or to have the pleasure of working with you more recently at ENE and sharing a Los Arcos 3 taco lunch to catch up! Thank you also Jean for being a good friend all these years. I always enjoyed seeing you both. Jim, you, and your entire wonderful Frazier family are in my prayers tonight. Love Dave