Wilbert Friesz, 83, New Leipzig, ND, died Sunday, October 11, 2020, at the Mott Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home in Mott, ND.
Services will start with a family service at 1:00 p.m., followed by the funeral service at be held at 2:00 p.m. MT on Saturday, October 17, 2020, both at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Elgin, with Deacon Deb Cantrell officiating. Burial will follow at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery north of New Leipzig. The service will be live streamed and available for viewing on our website at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com
Visitation will be held Friday, October 16, from 1:00 - 7:00 p.m. MT at the Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Elgin, ND. Serving as casket bearers will be Paul Wraalstad, Jim Mell, Charles McArthur, Evan Friesz, Allison Friesz, Elijah Friesz, Grace Friesz and Hazel Friesz.
Wilbert Enoch Friesz was born to Fred and Pauline Friesz on October 17, 1936, in Elgin, ND. He grew up on the family farm north of New Leipzig speaking only German with his family. He started country school and quickly learned to speak English. He enjoyed his days at the country school and often told funny stories and remembered his teachers and classmates fondly. He attended school until the eighth grade and started his career farming with his Dad.
On June 25, 1967, he married Connie Wyman in the Methodist Church in Mott, ND. The two joined his parents living on the farmstead and working the family farm raising cattle, grain, and milking cows, while Connie taught school in New Leipzig. In 1974, they welcomed their first son, Eric, followed by Aaron in 1976. Wilbert loved tending to the land, watching the crops grow, and teaching his sons the art of farming. He also had a love of all animals and earned the respect of many cattle dogs throughout his years.
He was active on the New Leipzig Rural Fire District Board and enjoyed gathering with friends and neighbors telling stories and sharing fellowship. He enjoyed deer and pheasant hunting primarily for the opportunity to visit with friends and family and to enjoy the snacks. He was best known for a robust telephone conversation and stopping at neighbors homes to visit, tell stories, and enjoy a dish of ice cream on occasion.
He treated each day as a gift following a brain tumor in 1982, and several other health issues throughout the years. He had an amazingly positive outlook on life and was a generous, loving and helpful person to everyone he met. He was proud to watch his sons carry on the family farm and often spent hours watching them farm the land he had farmed for so many years.
His greatest joy was the moment he became a grandpa. He loved spending time with his grandchildren playing with them, teaching them everything about the farm, telling stories of his youth, and watching them participate in each and every activity. He was so proud of every milestone and achievement.
He was preceded in death by his wife Connie, his parents, and sister Helen. He is survived by sons Eric (Jill) and Aaron (Sara) of New Leipzig, and grandchildren Evan, Allison, Elijah, Grace, and Hazel Friesz, sister Viola Wraalstad and many relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers,memorials are preferred to the Grant County Chapter of FFA. Condolence cards may be mailed to Eric Friesz at 7355 60th St. SW New Leipzig, ND 58562.