Edward Friesen

Edward Friesen

1915 – 2007

Friesen, Ed.jpgEdward Friesen, dear dad, grandpa and great grandpa passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Tabor Home in Morden on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at the age of 92 years.

Dad was born September 14, 1915 at Melville, SK.  He was the middle son of Jacob and Katherine (nee Dyck) Friesen.  In 1918, he moved to Manitoba with his family, growing up in the Debonair school district and Hamburg school district.  On November 26, 1939, he was married to his forever sweetheart Trudy Heppner at the Plum Coulee Bergthaler Church by Rev. David Schulz.  Mom and dad were blessed with 50 years of marriage.

Dad had a strong faith in God.  This journey started in 1954 when dad came to know the Lord as his personal Saviour at the Plum Coulee Church of God.  Dad and mom were baptized together on the first Sunday in October – a beautiful Lord ’s Day.  Although his limited education made reading difficult for him, his Bible was very well read.  His Living Bible was his source of comfort and was always close by on his journey, especially during his last years alone.

Dad was always a farmer at heart.  They started farming at Grossweide and Plum Coulee until 1963 when they moved to a farm south of Manitou.  In 1974, they moved to their retirement home in Morden although dad continued farming well into his seventies.

Our dad was a man of many talents and we would say an inventor of things.  He tried many different things to fulfill his quest for learning and nature – cottages, flying, owning his own airplane, motorcycles, snowmobiles, boats, cameras, movie cameras and later camcorders.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoying many hunting and fishing trips.  Dad and mom enjoyed traveling and went with the family on many holidays.  They often went to BC to visit dad’s relatives.  Later, they traveled in their motorhome and spent winters in Desert Hot Springs, California where they made many lasting friendships.

He leaves to mourn his passing his loving family of 3 daughters, Eileen Penner of Morden, Lynette and Lloyd Penner of Plum Coulee, Lorna Friesen of Morden; 2 sons, Ken and Sue of Morden, Blair of Winnipeg; 9 grandchildren and 11 grandchildren; as well as 3 sisters, Eve Cleveland, Laura and Ike Dyck, Alice and Fred Perry and 1 sister-in-law, Neta Friesen.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Trudy (nee Heppner) in 1990; his parents, 1 sister, Marie (Leo) Neuman and 2 brothers, Erdman (Sylvia) Friesen and Art Friesen.

Funeral service was held on Monday, December 17, 2007 at 1:00 pm at Wiebe Funeral Chapel in Morden with Rev. Morris Vincent officiating.  Interment followed at Chapel Cemetery beside his beloved wife.

If friends so desire, donations may be made in Ed’ memory to either Tabor Home Memorial Fund 230 9th St. Morden R6M 1Y8 or Billy Graham Evangelistic Association 20 Hopewell Way NE Calgary, AB T3J 5H5.

Love you forever, dad, grandpa and great grandpa.  All is well.  Rest in Peace. Your loving family.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous Judge will award to me on the day – and not only to me but also to all who have longed for His appearing.”  2 Timothy 4:7-8

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden in care of arrangements.


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