Fred Friedrichs, 92, of Herkimer, Kan., died peacefully Saturday, December 10, 2017 at Country Place Senior Living in Marysville, Kan. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Kinsley Mortuary in Marysville. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held Thursday, December 14 at 1:30 p.m., at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Marysville. The Rev. Philip Miller will officiate. Susan Moore will play the organ and Scott Keller will sing “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”. The congregation will sing “The Lord is My Shepherd”, “I’m But a Stranger Here” and “Amazing Grace”. The pallbearers are Kevin Friedrichs, Ryan Friedrichs, Dan Bigham, Matt Smith, Charles Friedrichs and Kent Holle. The honorary pallbearers are Steve Friedrichs, David Friedrichs, Robert Friedrichs and Louis Holle. Burial will be in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, north of Herkimer, with a luncheon to follow at the Herkimer Community Center. Fred was born on April 3, 1925, to Fred & Agnes (Stohs) Friedrichs at their farm near Herkimer where he grew up. Fred was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Bremen, KS where he continued to attend church until he married. He attended school at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Fred helped his dad on the farm during the war. Later he worked three years for a soil conservation contractor building ponds, terraces and waterways. On April 17, 1949, Fred married Ruth Gleue at Zion Lutheran Church in Herkimer. They were blessed with three boys, Steven, David and Robert. They attended Zion Lutheran Church in Herkimer for 46 years until it closed where he was a voting member the entire time, served as Church Treasurer for many years and belonged to Men’s Club. After Zion Lutheran closed, they transferred to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Marysville. After he was married, the Union Pacific Railroad asked for all young farmers in the area during the winter to help build track on the Bestwall Spur. He helped lay the rails and track. He farmed all his life near Herkimer. After retiring, Fred and Ruth enjoyed traveling and going to Harlingen, TX as “Winter Texans” for over 20 years. Fred enjoyed all sports especially watching his grandchildren. Golfing was one of Fred’s favorite pastimes. Survivors include his children, Steve (Peg) Friedrichs, Bremen, Dave (Betty) Friedrichs and Bob (Diane) Friedrichs of Herkimer; 5 grand-children, Brooke Friedrichs, Marysville, Megan (Matt) Smith, Herkimer, Kevin (Jessica) Friedrichs, Shawnee, KS, Ryan (Melissa) Friedrichs, Marysville and Kari (Dan) Bigham, Grantville, KS; 7 great-grandchildren, Brett Friedrichs, Marysville, Duke Smith, Herkimer, Clara, Emmett and Hannah Friedrichs, Shawnee, KS, Korie and Case Friedrichs, Marysville; siblings, Norma Fairchild, Westmoreland, KS, Wayne Friedrichs, Greenleaf, KS and Nelda Friedrichs, Lake Arrowhead, CA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth and his siblings, Waldemar, Wilbur, Roland, Ervin and Valeria. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church or Meadowlark Hospice. Contributions may be sent in care of Kinsley Mortuary.
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