Galan "Dutch" Friese (1924 - 2013)

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Freise, Galan William "Dutch" Freise, Galan William "Dutch", of Dallas, died April 8, 2013 on a cruise ship on the Atlantic Ocean. Dutch was born September 12, 1924, to William Wesley and Celia Shawback Freise in rural Streator, Illinois. Knowing that he wanted a different life than farming, Dutch began his college education at North Central College. At age 18 he enlisted in the U. S. Navy and was accepted into the V-12 program, completing Midshipman's school at Northwestern, Advanced Communications at Harvard, and earning a degree in economics from Wabash College. During WWII he served as a Lt. (JG) in the Aleutian Islands. At Wabash, Dutch became a member of Sigma Chi, an organization he cherished. He was a proud "Significant Sig." He served as 1948 Class Agent for Wabash for many years. In 1947 he married Barbara Feurer, and their marriage lasted 52 years until her death in 1999. His job transferred them to Dallas in 1948, where they raised two daughters, Gayle and Linda. Dutch founded the G. W. Freise Company in 1955, a firm dedicated to sales of appliances, HVAC and ventilation products in Texas and Oklahoma. He and Barb successfully ran the business, representing such brands as Sub-Zero and Hunter Fans for almost 50 years. He loved meeting new people and learning new things. As a member of Kiwanis, Sigma Chi Alumni, the Adult Forum Sunday School Class at Lovers Lane UMC and the Widowed Persons Support Group, Dutch excelled as program chairman, always on the lookout for interesting and educational speakers. Dutch was fiercely patriotic, proud of his family, his country, and his rural German-American heritage. He always wore a U.S. flag lapel pin. He was a lifelong champion of conservatism and free enterprise. He traveled extensively, even until the end of his life. He delighted in hosting monthly cocktail parties for guests from all walks of life. In the past ten years, Dutch found great happiness with his dear friend Joy McMinn. Dutch is survived by Joy McMinn; daughters Gayle Freise Wright, Austin and Linda Freise Proch and husband Mike, Richardson; grandsons Robert Wright, Grapevine and Mark Wright, Arlington; granddaughters Allison Chando and husband Jesse, and Lindsey Newsome and husband Lee, all of Houston; sisters Faye Tombaugh and Duanne Nelson of Illinois;several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Barbara; and brothers Merle and Wayne. No services will be held, per Dutch's request. Memorial donations may be made to Macular Degeneration Research, 22512 Gateway Center Dr, P.O.Box 1952, Clarksburg, MD 20871.

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Published in Dallas Morning News on Apr. 21, 2013
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