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Calvin H. Friesen

d. July 27, 2017

CALVIN H. FRIESEN, 92, teacher, went home to be with his Lord on Thursday, July 27 at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita, KS. His memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 12 at 11 A.M. at the First Mennonite Brethren Church in Wichita, KS.

Calvin was born on November 4, 1924 to Jacob W. and Tina (Harder) Friesen in Inola, Oklahoma. He is preceded in death by a daughter, Sherry Beth (d. 1957) and his wife of 68 years, Betty (Suderman) Friesen (d. 2017). He is survived by sons Larry, Rick and Joel Friesen, their wives Judy, Madelyn and Beverly, 9 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorials to the MB Foundation or Tabor College (Hillsboro, KS) in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063.  Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com

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12 thoughts on “Calvin H. Friesen

  1. Calvin’s passing is sad. At the same time, he is in his home in glory with Betty. At Park Avenue, they both had such a testimony. Betty was such an inspiration at the piano. Calvin will always be remembered for his part in the men’s quartet. I can only imagine the grand reunion this couple had in heaven with not only family but friends.
    May you as their family find grace and peace and comfort in the arms of the Father.

  2. Rest Calvin, until you hear at dawn,
    the low, clear reveille of God.

    Thank you for your service to this nation.

  3. Mr. Friesen was one of my favorite teachers ever. (Skelly School, El Dorado, 1959-60). We met again at the Butler County Old Country School Reunion about five years ago. I’m sorry for your loss. Good man-even if he did make all of us kids sing into the new tape recorder the school had that each class got to use for one hour per week.He sang “I’m Just a Poor, Wayfarin’ Stranger”.

  4. My condolences and prayers for your family. I see that he passed soon after his wife, that is so hard. Mr. Friesen was my favorite Jr. HIgh teacher. He was such a nice, caring man, always made class interesting, and always spoke to me when I passed him in the hall. He really had a love for teaching, that showed in and out of the classroom. I had the honor of keeping up with him as I got older. I worked at his Drs. office, and it was always a good day when I saw his smiling face heading my way. I got to update him on my life and he always wanted to see pictures of my daughter! I feel blessed to have him for my teacher and my friend!

  5. My deep condolences to the Friesen family in the loss of your father and just earlier your mother. Larry was my esteemed colleague at Butler and my heart goes out to your entire family. Your parents were undoubtedly great leaders in your entire community and loved by all. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. To my dear friend and Butler colleague, Larry, and his family. My deepest condolences for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Larry,
    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother and father. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and the rest of the Friesen family,

  8. The love your father must have had for your mother has to be a great memory and some consolation at this time. Judy and I are keeping all of your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. Calvin and Betty were the most wonderful neighbors anyone could ask for. I feel sad to not see them anymore but I know they had the most wonderful Love for Our Father in Heaven and I know that is where they are. May God comfort your family during this time. We Love and will Miss you both. Love Bernadette and Dave

  10. Mr. Friesen was my all time favorite teacher. He was my history teacher at Pleasant Valley Jr. High in Wichita (mid-1980’s). I have so many fond memories of his jovial mood and the way he taught us so that we would remember the material. He will be missed.

  11. We are very sad to hear of the passing away of Betty abd Calvin. Our son David spent a year as exchange student with Judy and Larry Friesen and has the fondest memories of Betty and Cal, who were so warm-hearted and generous to him.
    Our thoughts are with the Friesen family

  12. Very sorry to hear of Mr Friesen and his wife passing. He was my favorite teacher in 7th grade at Pleasant Valley Junior High in 1968. I was fortunate enough to be able to keep in touch with him. I would go back for Open Houses at the school every couple years and then saw him periodically going to his grandkids school functions in Maize where my kids have gone. He always remembered me and got to meet most of my children. I still have my 7th grade social studies notebook where I had to record all the information about South America. This was the time before the internet, so it has hand drawn maps and info taken from the encyclopedia. He made that much of an impression on me. He was the sweetest and most caring person and the world was a much better place for having him be here. God will truly bless him and his wife for their love for each other and all the student’s who lives were made better from knowing him. God Bless all his family!

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