John A. Friesen - March 24, 2013John A. Friesen, 82, of Henderson, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Henderson.
Graveside services will be held at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Bethesda Cemetery, Henderson. Memorial services will follow at 11 a.m. at the Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Metz Mortuary in Henderson. The family will be present to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening.
Memorials may be directed to Day Spring in care of Bethesda Mennonite Church. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.metzmortuary.com. Metz Mortuary, Henderson, is handling arrangements.
He was born Oct. 27, 1930, on a farm near Henderson to Frank and Anna (Thiezen) Friesen.
His years growing up on the farm were spent with his five brothers and two sisters. He spent many happy hours entertaining his nieces and nephews. Many of them still come to visit and tell wonderful stories of growing up with Uncle John. One particular story involved John single-handedly beating about six nieces and nephews in a game of tug-of-war. They thought he was as strong as Hercules. Each nephew or niece was his pride and joy.
John and Leora Siebert were united in marriage on Sept. 5, 1950. To this union five children were born -- Allen, Karen, April, Wesley and Linda. They were later blessed with six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. During their 62 years of marriage they were rarely apart, working side-by-side every day.
Faith in Jesus was a very important part of his life. He was baptized in 1949 and became a life-long member of Bethesda Mennonite Church. John and Leora enjoyed many years of teaching Sunday night CE, Sunday School, and midweek classes and he was always pleased to be remembered by his former students. Evening devotions with his wife Leora were a part of his daily routine and a blessing in his life. Together they read the Bible through several times. John made a special point every night to spend time in prayer for each of his children and grandchildren.
Farming was a big part of John’s life. After he lost his hand in a farm accident, when he was just 19, he continued to farm with his wife at his side. Despite his handicap, they always found a way to get things done. Following his retirement in 1990, he continued to help on the farm for many years. He never lost interest in the farm. When he was no longer able to help, he spent many evenings going out for a ride to see the crops grow.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Abraham, Walter, David, Herman and Herb; sister Esther Kroeker; son Allen and daughter April.
Survivors include his wife Leora of Henderson; daughters, Karen (John) Martens of Henderson and Linda Graham of Lincoln; a son Wesley (Leta) Friesen of Polk; grandchildren, Marie (Patrick) Garmoe of Duluth, Minn., Kiley (Ryan) Carman of Wiesbaden, Germany, Ashley (Justin) Ervin of Brooklyn, N.Y., Grant Friesen of Polk, Madison Graham and Abigail Graham of Lincoln; great-grandson August Graham of Lincoln; twin sister Marie (Harold) Epp; sisters-in-law, Norma Friesen, Lorene Friesen, and Estaleen Quiring all of Henderson; nieces, nephews and many friends.
John, in his own quiet way, has been a blessing to his wife, children, grandchildren and many others around him. We will miss his kind and gentle presence. God has been so good to us. Praise His name!