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Gordon William Friesen, 85

Gordon William Friesen, 85, of Solway, died on Monday, Oct. 9, 2006, at the North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Solway Bible Chapel in Solway with Rev. Bradley Spaulding officiating. A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at the Solway Bible Chapel and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. Burial will be in Solway Cemetery in Solway. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji assisted the family with arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Mark Friesen, James Friesen, Paul Friesen, John Friesen, Trevor Friesen and Andy Friesen.

He was born on March 19, 1921, to Peter and Margaret (Ferguson) Friesen, in Emerson, Manitoba. He spent his early years in Noyes, Minn., until moving to Grafton, N.D. He lived there until joining the U.S. Army in 1940. He served in World War II, in the Pacific Theatre and earned a Bronze Star. In 1945, he returned to Grafton, N.D. He married Ella Kesser on Aug. 4, 1953, in Cavalier, N.D. He and his wife spent time in California before returning to North Dakota. In 1958, they moved to Solway where he began farming, driving school bus and raising five boys. In 1963, he was appointed as the postmaster in Solway. He became a fixture in the community while working there until he retired in 1986. He continued farming another 10 years. On Aug. 4, 2006, they celebrated 53 years of marriage.

He is survived by his wife of Solway; sons, Mark Friesen of Brooklyn Park, Minn., James (Jennifer) Friesen of Andover, Minn., Paul Friesen of Bemidji, John (Maureen) Friesen of Maple Grove, Minn., and David (Kelly) Friesen of Otsego, Minn.; sister, Judith (Don) Larson of Detroit Lakes, Minn.; and six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ileane Norgart and Betty Gust; and brother, Lloyd Friesen.

Memorials are preferred to the Solway Bible Chapel.