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Fred Friesen

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When Fred’s father died, Fred’s farming career began at 19. He willingly supported his mother and siblings. Fred and Anne started a herd in Elie. Fred took winter jobs in Winnipeg and Ontario, operating his Cat or driving school bus with Anne. In 1967, a water shortage necessitated the farm’s relocation to Oakville, Man. Fred played guitar, piano, violin and harmonica in church and prison ministry. He shared with his sons his love of farming, snowmobiling, motorcycles, airplanes, construction equipment, tractor pulls. Fred was proud of his grandchildren, visiting and praying for them regularly. He remained active on the farm for 63 years until declining health forced him to slow down in 2008, but he continued delivering grain to the Foodgrains Bank and helping his sons.

  • Birth: August 18, 1926
  • Birthplace:
    Elie, Man.
  • Death: September 8, 2015
  • Parents:
    Aaron & Katherine (Klassen) Friesen
  • Married:
    Anne Epp, Sept. 29, 1951
  • Family:
    Anne; children Ron (Vicki), Ken (Bev), Dianne (Ed) Giesbrecht; Rick, Barry (Jan); 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren
  • Baptism:
    Newton (Man.) MB (now Community Fellowship), 1946