John Otto Friesen


Peacefully, after a lengthy illness, on Tuesday July 1, 1997 at the Health Science Centre Wpg, John O. Friesen age 85 years, of Winnipeg, formerly of Altona, and Plum Coulee, went to his eternal rest.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Hilda (nee Buhr) in August 1984, and one son Leroy in infancy in 1945.

He leaves to mourn his passing his son Ron, daughter-in-law Ava, granddaughter Mandy, brother Ed and wife Anne Friesen, Dave and wife Eva Friesen, and one sister Helen (Abe) Wiebe.

He married Hilda Buhr and built a home in Altona where he started the John Deere dealership. Then he took over the Imperial Oil Bulk Agency and owned and operated Ritz and Friesen Hardware. He began his real estate career with Quality Construction as sales manager, and went on to become a land developer as J.O. Friesen limited in 1961.

Viewing will be at the church prior to the service. Funeral service will be held on Friday July 4, 1997 at 11:00am from the Bethel Mennonite Church, Wpg, with Rev. David Stobbe officiating. Interment will follow at the Altona Town Cemetery at 3:00pm.

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