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George Friesen - October 28, 2011


George Friesen was born on April 6, 1959 at Willows, Calif. He was the third of six children born to George and Mary Fricke Friesen. He spent his first 12 years in California before the family moved to Wisconsin in 1971. He later moved to Perkins County, Neb.
George was married to Yolanda Goertzen on March 8, 1981 at the Golden Plains Mennonite Church west of Madrid, Neb. They made their home in Madrid where George farmed and transported farm commodities and other products by his truck.
George was hauling harvested popcorn Friday afternoon, Oct. 28. He was on Highway 83 near Wellfleet, Neb. when he suffered an apparent heart attack. He was able to ease the truck off to the right side of the road and coasted it into a field of CRP (conservation reserve program). He died at the scene at the age of 52.
He is survived by his wife Yolanda; two sons, Lane and wife Joni and Nolan, all of Madrid; three daughters, Sonya and Mindy Friesen of Madrid and Merilee and husband Darin Fast of Iroquois, S.D.; two granddaughters, MiKayla and Kortnee Fast; his mother, Mary of Montezuma, Kan.; two brothers, Carl and wife Gail Friesen of Cumberland, Wis., Merle and wife Rosanna Friesen of Grant, Neb.; three sisters, Charlotte and husband Richard Wiebe of Durham, Kan., Judy and husband Harlan Penner of Barron, Wis., and Joyce and husband Don Wenger of Cumberland; many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Monday Oct. 31, 2011 at the Golden Plains Mennonite Church with ministers, Shawn Becker, Rod Frank, and Stan Unruh, officiating.
Burial was in the Madrid Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant was in charge of arrangements.