Former Iowa State Senator Gene Fraise dead at 88


FORT MADISON – Former southeast Iowa State Senator Gene Fraise has passed away due to complications of COVID-19.

Fraise’s obituary appears in today’s Pen City Current.


Fraise was born and raised in the West Point area where he established his roots raising his family and farming. His served on the Lee County Board of Supervisors for seven years and served and retired from the Iowa Senate after 27 years.

He was the longest serving senator in District 42.

He was instrumental in the building of the 61 Bypass, the Bridgeport Bridge project and serving as the only non-lawyer judiciary committee head in the history of the state of Iowa.

Schmitz Funeral Home in West Point is handling the arrangements

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