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Lincoln Fraley Obituary

The MCA and the Indiana Massey Collectors Chapter (IMCA) lost a good one this past week.  "Link" Fraley was a Lifetime Member of the IMCA.  He was a long time Massey Dealer in Rushville, Indiana, and collector of Massey tractors and equipment.  He actively supported the hobby.  He was instrumental in providing the exhibitor meals at the 2014 Massey Expo in Rushville, Indiana, and was going to provide an exhibitor meal at the Indiana State Show this year in Rushville. 

Link was a great guy, and that seems to be well spelled out in his obituary.  He will be missed.

Lincoln Fraley Obituary

Link Fraley of Rush County hauled his last Massey Ferguson to our Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 23, 2024.

He said he was ready and spent his life being a believer and follower of Jesus to prepare for this last load. Link was known and will be well remembered for his work ethic, sense of humor, and generosity. He could always be found wearing suspenders, plenty of keys hooked to his belt loop, shirt pockets full, and two shop rags – one dirty and one clean. He had a magnetic personality with plenty of jokes to share and advice if you asked. Link was born September 29, 1945 to Jack and Edythe (Harris) Fraley in Greenville, Ohio. They started their family businesses in Modoc, Indiana and moved their family to Rushville in 1952. Link graduated from Rushville High School in 1963.

He was a truck driver all his life and a long-time business owner in Rushville. He was part owner of Fraley & Schilling Trucking until 2016 and owned Fraley Truck & Implement until 2020 before passing the Massey Ferguson tradition on to his son. He also owned L & J Trucking and Greensburg Commercial Warehouses. Link spent his last years hauling all sorts of farm equipment with Foust Trucking across the country and continually added to his Massey tractor collection and farm toy collection. He was a member and Deacon at First Baptist Church in Rushville and a member of Gideons International. Link shared the gospel wherever he went and inspired many to do the same. He could often be found in his office at the shop working on his Sunday School lesson for the upcoming week.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Shelle Fraley, whom he married December 18, 2020, three children: Connie Seymour of Terre Haute, Indiana, Carrie Giletto (Tony) of College Station, Texas, and Bart Fraley (Britney) of Lewisville, Indiana, five stepchildren: Nikki Earlywine, Becky Rosenberger, Steve Browning, Doug Browning, and Jeff (Shelly) Browning. He will also be missed by his 7 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 9 step grandchildren and 4 step great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, previous wife, Glenda (Geise) Fraley, and two sisters, Debra Jenkins and Judy Hunter.

Services will be held Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at Todd Funeral Centre & Crematory, Rushville. Friends are welcome to visit from 1 PM until the time of the service at 7 PM. Link wished to be cremated and loved driving his semi, so he will go out in style with a convoy. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your favorite charity. "Some people, you have to pay to be good. You are good for nothin!" - Link

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