Entered Service from Watonwan County, Minnesota. Died Dec. 31, 2004, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona. Buried Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, Plot: Garden D(Garden of Christus), Lot: 27, Spaces 3&4.
George was born to Cornelius and Susan Sawatzky Friesen in Lostwood, ND on Dec 12, 1918. He received his education in Lostwood and graduated from high school in 1936. He moved with his family to Butterfield, MN in 1938.
He was united in marriage to Tena Dick in Mt. Lake, MN on Sept. 18, 1941. George served in the U. S. Army/Air Force in the Signal Corps overseas during W.W. II from July 1942 until the end of the war in 1945.
They farmed north of Butterfield, MN after he came home until they made a move to Mesa, AZ in March 1961. George worked as a finish carpenter until he retired in 1992.
To this union, 3 children were born, LaVonne, Gail and Charles. George was united in marriage to Lillian Warnemunde June 4, 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian of Apache Jct., AZ; his children, LaVonne (Frank) Fast of Warroad, MN., Charles (Chuck) Friesen of Gilbert, Az., 4 step-children, Dick Warnemunde, LaVonne Hawkson, Julie McWalter, Randy Warnemunde; 9 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 8 step-grandchildren and 5 step-great-grandchildren.; 2 sisters, Susan Enns of Stanley, ND and Mary Lou Knickrehm of St. James, MN., 2 sisters-in-law, Edna (Jake) Friesen of Comfrey, MN., Adeline (Cornie) Friesen of Freeman, S.D. and many loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Tena; his daughter, Gail, Granddaughter, Lisa ; his sister, Ann (Pete) Lepp and his 3 brothers, Jake, Cornie and Ted; 3 brothers-in-law, Pete Lepp, Peter Enns and Harold Knickrehm.