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Robert Friesen

April 24, 1931 — July 8, 2020

Bob Friesen, 89, of Detroit Lakes, MN passed away peacefully on July 8, 2020 with his family by his side at Ecumen - The Cottage in Detroit Lakes.

Robert Francis Friesen was born on April 24, 1931 in Faribault, MN to Walter and Susan (Aube) Friesen. His family moved to Detroit Lakes when he was in the 5th grade. He graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1951.

Bob served in the US Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) from 1951 to 1955 during the Korean conflict with his ship encountering several naval battles. Ports of call for his ship included Pearl Harbor, Japan, China, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. Bob was very proud of his time serving our country and maintained close friendships with his fellow sailors.

Bob married his high school sweetheart Jacqueline (Jacque) Haagenson on December 28, 1953 while on a short leave from the Navy. After discharge from the Navy, Bob and Jacque lived in Detroit Lakes and raised their family. Bob was a very loving husband and father. He will be loved and remembered for his smile and happy demeanor, his patience, and his kindness.

Bob worked for A & B Supply Company; and then for Hedahl’s, retiring as manager in 1994. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, camping, hunting, and spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed driving his Austin Healey Bug Eye Sprite and cruising with Jacque around the lakes. After retirement, Bob and Jacque spent many winters traveling with their Airstream to Arizona and Texas and also visiting their relatives and friends.

He was active with the VFW and was the local post commander in 1996-1997. He also took great pride in serving with the VFW Honor Guard.

Bob is survived by his daughter, Mona (Kevin) Disse, son Michael Friesen, sister-in-law Jeanne de la Montanya, two nieces, and five nephews. He is deeply missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife Jacque (2019), his sister Adella “Del” Olsen, sister-in-law JoAnn Haasl, brothers-in-law Don Olsen, Bob Haasl, and Jack de la Montanya.

Bob and Jacque’s ashes will be interred together at Oak Grove Cemetery in a private family service.

Thank you to the staff at Ecumen - The Cottage and to the staff of Hospice of the Red River Valley for all your kindness and care.

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