Kevin Lee Frosaker, 52, Bismarck, passed away Dec. 6 at Sanford Medical Center, Bismarck, following a valiant nine-year battle with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer. Services will be held Thursday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck.
Kevin was born on Oct. 16, 1960, in Minot to Robert and Sheila Frosaker. Kevin and his younger siblings moved to Bismarck in 1972 following Sheila's marriage to Edward J. Klecker. Kevin is remembered in Minot for his aggressive work ethic at a very young age, often seen on his bike dragging "Old Smokey," the family lawn mower, around the Green Valley neighborhood, knocking on doors to earn a few dollars to spend at the Piggly Wiggly. While growing up in Bismarck, Kevin fibbed about his age to work part time at KFC and McDonalds.
Following graduation from Bismarck High School, Kevin attended college at Minot State University for a time and soon learned that he had a natural talent for sales work. Kevin worked in Oklahoma, Texas, Nevada and Washington in a number of positions, selling coffee, electrical power lines and electrical car parts and cars, before returning to Bismarck to be back with family in the state he loved most.
Kevin had an affinity for car sales, and worked for Bismarck Honda, later sold to Bob Kupper and renamed Bismarck Motor Company. Kevin was a top salesman, often named Salesman of The Month. He developed a loyal customer base, many of whom repeatedly purchased cars from him over the years. Kevin liked to say that one of the reasons he did so well with his customers was that, "God gave us two ears and only one mouth, which means that we should listen twice as much as we talk."
Kevin loved spending time outdoors, especially fishing, boating and upland game hunting. He especially loved taking his 7-year-old nephew, Jack Green, on fishing excursions, teaching him the basics of fishing and outfitting him with his first tackle box and supplies.
Kevin had a special appreciation for Bob Kupper, who kept him on the payroll long after Kevin's disease prevented him from working, and his coworkers and friends at Bismarck Motor Company who went out of their way to help him, including the 14 who showed up to help him move from his apartment, missing their Vikings game. Kevin had a special friendship with his parents' neighbor, Mike Herr, who would sit for hours with him while he received his dialysis treatments. A special friend was former high school classmate Brenda Buck, Scottsdale, Ariz., who spent a lot of time visiting Kevin in his final months and called him daily until his last day. Kevin loved his family deeply, often saying to his mother, "I love my Mom."
Surviving Kevin are: his parents, Robert "Bob" Frosaker, Fairfield Bay, Ark., Ed and Sheila Klecker, Bismarck, and his siblings, Brett Frosaker, Seattle, Beth Ridgeway, Bozeman, Mont., and Mary Klecker-Green, Bismarck, as well as nephews, William and Matthew Frosaker, Lukas Ridgeway, and Jack Green.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer memorials go to the International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Drive, Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA 91607, or Lure 'Em For Life, a local organization that provides fishing education through camps and related activities to youth and people of all ages, P.O. Box 547, Bismarck, ND 58502-0547.
Go to (www.parkwayfuneral.com) to share memories of Kevin and sign the online guestbook.