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Leonard A. Friesen

KSCB News - July 9, 2012 12:00 am

Leonard A. Friesen, age 88, died early Saturday morning, July 7, 2012, at the Harry Hynes Hospice, Wichita, Kansas.

He was born September 20, 1923, at Meade, Kansas, the son of Jacob S. and Anna S. (Doerksen) Friesen. As a young boy he attended school in rural Meade County. He later joined the United States Navy serving during World War II. After his discharge he returned to Meade County and began his career with the Meade Co-Op retiring after thirty years of service as a bookkeeper.

He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Plains and served as tour group leader for the Co-Op. He enjoyed sporting events, attending the Kansas State Track Meet for several years; coupon shopping; television game shows; attending Sunday diners at the Chuck Wagon; and spending time with his family and friends.

On Jun 23, 1945 he married Helen C. Keenan. She passed away on August 21, 1965. On August 10, 1968 he married Mary Eakes Cox. She survives.

Other survivors include:
A daughter, Barbara Rouse of Dodge City, Kansas

Two stepsons, Michael E. “Mike” Cox and wife Vicki of McPherson, Kansas
Rickard L. “Rick” Cox of Wichita, Kansas

Two stepdaughters, Carolyn S. Wilcox and husband Ron of Sublette, Kansas
Marilyn K. Labra and husband Bruno of Colwich, Kansas

Two Brothers, Menno “Mick” Friesen of Meade, Kansas
Clifford “Cliff” Friesen of Meade, Kansas

A sister, Bertha Peters of Roseville, California

Fifteen grandchildren Thirty great-grandchildren

He is preceded in death by a stepson, Jimmy Cox on September 11, 2011; a grandson, Quention Rouse; three brothers, Elias, Martin, and Sam Friesen; and three sisters, Kathryn Keesling, Hulda Friesen, and Esther Peters.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at the Plains Cemetery, Plains, with Pastor Dan Biernacki presiding. Friends may call from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday to sign the guest register at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade. Interment will follow the services in the Plains Cemetery.

The family would welcome memorials to the Harry Hynes Hospice, American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.
in care of the funeral home.

Personal condolences may be given to the family at

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