Funeral services for Owsley Brown Frazier

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Funeral services were held starting Wednesday morning for Louisville philanthropist Owsley Brown Frazier.  The service began at 11 a.m. at Saint Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church in Harrods Creek. 

He is being remembered as a generous man who also founded the Frazier History Museum.  In his memory, admission to the history museum is free through Sunday.

The Frazier Historical Arms Museum opened in May of 2004.  Eventually the facility changed its name to the Frazier History Museum as it widened its focus.  The museum's website says over 700,000 people have visited the facility.

The Frazier's permanent collection includes artifacts from the Royal Armouries, which is the United Kingdom's national museum of arms and armor.  The Frazier is the only Royal Armouries partner outside of Great Britain.

On December 19th of last year, the University of Louisville announced Frazier was giving the university $25 million, the largest donation ever made to U of L by an individual.

Frazier's great-grandfather was the founder of Brown-Forman. 

Phil Lynch of Brown-Forman said following the funeral, "The common thread is how many lives he touched through his giving, and not just giving of his money, which is represented by buildings and all over Louisville, but by the people he touched by helping with scholarships to college."

Over the years the Frazier family has shown plenty of support for the University of Louisville. The family's footprint is all over the university, having contributed to buildings and sports stadiums, making $43 million the amount of money Frazier and his daughters have given to the university.

Back in December, Frazier gave U of L $25 million -- the largest donation ever made by an individual.

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