Don Friesen

21/07/1934 - 06/06/2024


Obituary For Don Friesen

Donald George Friesen passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 6, 2024, only a few weeks after gracefully accepting that God was calling him home. Don was born in Steinbach, Manitoba on July 21, 1934 to Reverend Peter D. Friesen and Margaret (nee Rempel), the second of six children.

Don found his way out west with his bride, Anne, and their children Arlene, Gerald, and Wendell, eventually settling in Grande Prairie where Doug and Tamela completed their family. Over the years Don enjoyed driving truck for Canadian Freightways and Northern Bottling, and then transit for the City of Grande Prairie.

After his retirement, Don and Anne spent several years living in their fifth-wheel. They volunteered all winter at Wycliffe in Catalina, Arizona and came home to Alberta every summer. During those years they welcomed many travelers as they hosted at campsites from Moonshine Lake to Kananaskis.

Even in the last few weeks of his life, Don lifted his beautiful tenor voice to praise God for the gifts of this life. When he wasn’t singing, he was making everyone around him laugh with his characteristic sharp wit.

Don was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Margaret, his brothers Al and Vern, his sister Mary Ann Warkentin, and his infant daughter Barbara Faith. He will be deeply missed by his wife Anne (nee Klassen), children Arlene (Mansel Jones), Gerald (Cathy), Wendell (Wanda), Doug (Eunice), and Tamela Friesen, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and his brothers Norman and Ralph (Hanna).

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 11:00 AM (viewing at 10 AM) at High River Baptist Church in High River, Alberta.

For our Grande Prairie friends, a Gathering of Family and Friends will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 2:00 PM at Bear Creek Funeral Home in Grande Prairie, Alberta. You are near and dear to our hearts, and Anne is looking forward to seeing you there.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home Grande Prairie, with assistance from Hannah Lawrence at Lyle Reeves Funerals in High River. 780-830-7742

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13 Jun

Celebration of Life

11:00 AM

High River Baptist 514160 121 Street East High River, Alberta Get Directions »
15 Jun

A Gathering of Family and Friends

02:00 PM

Bear Creek Funeral Home 11802 99 Ave Grande Prairie, AB T8W 0C7 Get Directions »
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  • 10/06/2024

    To Doug, Eunice, and all who knew and loved your Dad, I send sincere condolences. May you find comfort in warm memories and God's embrace as you navigate this sad time.

  • 09/06/2024

    Arlene and Mansel - please accept our deepest sympathies during this time of loss. Arlene, we remember how you spoke so fondly of your dad. We hope all the fond memories you have of your dad help you through this time. Mary Ann and Jody

  • 08/06/2024

    Tamela, my sympathies to you and your family. My thoughts are with you. Gerry Pearson, Winnipeg

  • 08/06/2024

    Many thoughts are with you, Anne, working with Tupperware consultants and of Don stopping by the restaurant with Northern Bottling. May God wrap His precious arms around you at this difficult time!

  • 07/06/2024

    Sending positive thoughts and prayers ,with added strength and courage to you Anne and families ,as you face the days ahead.Blessings from Sharon, Richard Annis and families.

  • 07/06/2024

    Dear Anne and family, I so often over the years have thought of you and Don and the many years together at Grand Prairie Alliance Church. You both were very good to me during my time working in the office and then our friendship that followed. You are in my thoughts and my prayers at this difficult time, You were a model couple to me. I have fond memories of Totally Tropical Interiors and Tupperware parties we hosted and the many adventures that you and Dawn went on in your motorhome. My deepest condolences to you all.

  • 07/06/2024

    I'm so happy to have had uncle Don in my life. I will miss his "love you sweetie". See you in heaven.

  • 07/06/2024

    Thinking of you all. May the beautiful memories you have bring you comfort during this difficult time. Take care of yourselves and each other ♡

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