Donald Friedrich

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Donald K. Friedrich passed away at home June 28, 2014, after a long illness. Services include viewing Sunday, July 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in O'Hair Funeral Chapel and recitation of the holy rosary at 10:30 a.m. and memorial mass at 11 a.m. Friday, July 18, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, followed by inurnment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Donald Karl Friedrich, the oldest of five children, was born in Hillside Hospital in Klamath Falls, Ore., July 9, 1929, to Karl and Ida Friedrich. Donald, or Don as many knew him, attended school in Bly, Klamath Falls, Keno, and other places where the family lived. He graduated from Klamath Union High School in 1948. In 1951, Donald enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and, after being stationed in San Diego, Calif., and Tacoma, Wash., was sent to Japan and Korea. He was discharged in 1955 with the rank of EM2, second class petty officer. Before and after his military service, he worked at Ricky's Jewelers in Klamath Falls, during which time he met his future wife, Ruthie Williams. They were married in 1952 and became parents of five children Jim, Julia, Jerry, Judy and Jay. Ruthie Friedrich passed away in 2001. Donald was employed twice at Weyerhaeuser Timber Company for a total of 35 years, retiring in 1991. He also delivered the Oregonian newspaper throughout Klamath County for 14 years. Donald, in his retirement, volunteered with the Stewart-Lenox Fire Department as an assistant fire chief, EMT, Juvenile Firesetters School presenter and arson task force member. He also contributed many hours to the Klamath Falls Senior Center, the local Veterans Affairs office, the local American Legion, a prostate cancer support group and individual seniors. He was devoted to Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was active in the Knights of Columbus, achieving fourth degree. He is survived by his five children, Jim Friedrich and Julia McDowell of Klamath Falls, Jerry (Aida) Friedrich of Stanwood, Wash., Judy (Patrick) Teas of Vancouver, Wash., and Jay Friedrich, Walla Walla, Wash; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Carol (Curtis) Dotson of Denver, Colo., and Janice Soyster of Salem, Ore.; aunts, Alice McDonald and Ruth Lund of Klamath Falls; uncle, Art Hammond of Redmond, Wash.; many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by Ruthie Friedrich, his wife of 48 years; his parents, Karl (1971) and Ida (1997) Friedrich; his brother, Ronald (1995); his sister, Kathryn (1937), and one great-grandchild. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made in his name to High Desert Hospice, Klamath Falls Senior Center, Klamath Falls American Legion or Sacred Heart's Knights of Columbus.

Published in Herald And News on July 2, 2014
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