Henry J. Friedrich, 80
August 15, 1933 ~ November 10, 2013
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 14, 2013, at St. Stephen Catholic Church, St. Stephen, for Henry J. Friedrich, age 80, who passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the VAMC in St. Cloud on Sunday, November 10, 2013. Rev. Robert Harren will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Stephen Parish Hall and after 10:00 a.m. Thursday also at the parish hall. St. Stephen American Legion Post #221 will pray at 6:30 p.m., followed by parish prayers at 7:00 p.m., and Knights of Columbus Bishop Trobec Council #5276 at 7:30 p.m. all Wednesday at the parish hall. 4th Degree Father Pierz Assembly will stand honor guard from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the parish hall. Arrangements were entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Henry was born August 15, 1933, in Brockway Township to Theodore and Cecelia (Beam) Friedrich. At age 15, he went to work for Kroska Motors in Holdingford. He enlisted in the US Army and served in the Korean War. He started Friedrich's Auto in 1954. On June 21, 1956, Henry married the love of his life, Dolores Spoden, at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in St. Augusta.
Henry was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Bishop Trobec Council #5276, St. Stephen American Legion Post #221, St. Cloud Loyal Order of Moose #1400, and the St. Stephen Lions Club.
He was ambitious, mechanically-inclined and a "jack-of- all-trades". He was always on the go, enjoyed going up north, taking his family camping, traveling around the country and he loved working with his sons at the shop. He was a devout husband and a wonderful father and grandfather who left us with many memories to cherish. Heaven gained a very hard-working and intelligent angel. We will miss you dearly, Rooster.
Survivors include his wife, Dolores of Rice; children, Kevin of Rice, Beverly (Daniel) Warzecha of Rice, Yvonne (Gary) Harris of Maple Grove, Sandra (Mark) Skudlarek of Sartell, Jeffrey (June) of Rice, Karl (Angelo Ruth) of Brooklyn, NY, Victoria (Paul) Kamish of Minneapolis, Douglas (Shelby) of Sartell, Randall (Krysta) of St. Michael, Roger (Jill) of Rockville, and Russell (Hannah Viehauser) of Sauk Rapids; brothers and sister, Theodore Jr. (Eileen) of Mesa, AZ, Darlene (Jerry) Hiscock of Rice, and David (Debbie) of Rice; sister-in-law Theresa Friedrich of Rice; and 19 grandchildren.
Henry was preceded in death by his parents; brother, George; sister Jeanette Dingmann; brother-in-law, Cletus Dingmann; and sister-in-law, Bonnie Friedrich.
Special thanks to Dr. Jamie Pelzel, Dr. Mevan Wijetunga, Jennifer Bauerly , Dr. Schad, Dialysis Staff @ CentraCare Health Plaza, Country Manor Rehab and the staff at the VAMC, especially Gene, Jerry, Cheryl and MaryKay and all our friends and family who visited and offer support.
Obituary, Guest Book, and video tribute available online: www.williamsdingmann.com
Williams Dingmann Funeral Homes
324 2nd Avenue South Sauk Rapids, MN 56379
Published in the St. Cloud Times on Nov. 12, 2013