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DONALD E. "DON" FRIEND, 88, died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Betz Nursing Home in Auburn. Don was born April 12, 1926, in Jackson Township a son of Arthur M. and Berniece B. (Peters) Friend. He was a lifetime DeKalb County farmer. He also worked in the quality control department for the Rieke Corporation for 17 years, retiring in 1988. He was a member of the Auburn First United Methodist Church where he served on all church boards. He was a member of numerous local Masonic groups including the DeKalb Lodge #214 where he served as Past Master, William Hacker Chapter #63 where he served as Past High Priest, DeKalb Council #57 where he served at Past Illustrious Master, Apollo Commandery #19 and served as Past Commander, Spencerville Order of Eastern Star Chapter #386 where he served as Past Worthy Patron, Fort Wayne Valley Scottish Rite, and the Mizpah Shrine. Don held some of the highest leadership positions and was honored in several different ways in the Masonic Lodge including, Grand Master General - Convent General- Knights of the York Cross of Honor from 1994 - 1995; 33 Degree Sovereign Grand Inspectors General, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction; Grand High Priest - Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Indiana from 1975 - 1976; and Grand Governor of the York Rite Sovereign College of North America from 1987 - 1990. He was also a member of the Indiana York Rite College #55, Indiana Priory #8 KYCH, Red Cross of Constantine - St. Basil Conclave, Gennesaret Tabernacle No XVIII- HRAKTP, Pokagon Council No. 147 - Allied Masonic Degrees, and the Royal Order of Scotland. He also played four years with the Florida ACDelco slow pitch softball team where he won a National Championship. He was also a member of the Senior Softball Slow Pitch Association. He married LeAnna M. Freeze on April 20, 1947, in the Garrett Presbyterian Church, and she survives in Auburn; also surviving are two sons, Michael W. (Maureen) Friend of Fort Wayne, and Jerry L. (Lori) Friend of Auburn; a daughter-in-law, Shirley Friend of Butler; a son-in-law, Bill Troop of Phoenix, Arizona; nine grandchildren, Laura Troop, Eric Troop, Katie (Dan) Richardville, Julia (Matthew) Gadlage, David (Erin) Friend, Phillip Friend, Grant Friend, Jeffrey Friend, and Adam (Bria) Friend; six great-grandchildren; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Marcille Wible of Fort Wayne, Evelyn Ridge of Butler, and Ruth and Dave Walters of Auburn; a brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Inger Friend of Angola; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Friend of Decatur, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Randall E. Friend; two daughters, Kathleen A. Friend and Cynthia S. Troop; a brother, Larry Friend; and two sisters, Betty Friend and Mildred Fisher. Service is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Auburn First United Methodist Church, 1203 E. 7th St., Auburn, with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday prior to the service at the church. The Rev. Ted Jansen will be officiating. Visitation also from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Feller & Clark Funeral Home, 1860 Center St., Auburn, with a Eastern Star service beginning at 8 p.m. followed by a Masonic Service. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Auburn. Memorials may be directed to Auburn First United Methodist Church or the Shriners Hospital for Children. To send condolences, visit
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Apr. 14, 2014