June 26, 2013

Earl Raymond Friese, Jr., 91, passed away Wednesday morning, June 26, 2013, at his home in Blair. Memorial services have been scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday at the Kincannon Memorial Chapel with Ben Brock officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Blair Cemetery under the direction of the Kincannon Funeral Home.

Earl was born on Jan. 30, 1922 to Earl Raymond and Wilfred Ardella Inez (Thomas) Friese in Toledo, Ohio. After graduating high school, he took courses in diesel training at the University of Illinois. Earl and Alice Luella Brown were married on March 24, 1941 in Napoleon, Ohio. To this marriage six children were born. Earl entered the United States Navy on May 20, 1944, completing his tour of duty on Nov. 17, 1945 as a Motor Machinist Mate 2nd Class. While serving in the Marshall Islands, he was aboard the USS YMS-320 during World War II. Earl served as a Boy Scout Leader from 1953 1956. He was a member of the American Legion as well as the Calvary Church in Santa Ana, Calif. He enjoyed reading, working word puzzles and watching westerns. Earl was an avid member of the Warren Senior Citizens Center and enjoyed going on Tuesday nights and listening to music. His favorite pastime was spending time with his family.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a daughter, Sharon Luella Friese; two infant brothers; and one sister, Kay Kunz.

He is survived by two daughters, Kathy Rowland and husband Neil of Blair, and Susie Hughes of Balmorhea, Texas; three sons, Lee Friese and wife Sue of Athena, Oregon, Gary Friese and wife Karen of Roosevelt, and Richard Friese and wife Jacki of John Day, Oregon; 10 grandchildren, Don, David, Leslie, Dean, Monte, Diahna, Cindi, Jason, Tricia and Stacey; 22 great-grandchildren and six great- great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Warren Community Center.

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