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Roland Friezen

Roland P. Friezen, age 86, of Cathay, ND, passed away peacefully the morning of November 2, 2020, with his loving wife of nearly 65 years by his side.

Roland was born on February 15, 1934, in Carrington, ND. He was the first child of Peter and Kathryn (Kieffer) Friezen.

Roland grew up on the family farm in rural Cathay. He attended country school and finished his high school education in Sykeston in 1951. After high school, he farmed with his father until enlisting in the United States Navy. He served abroad the USS Vesuvius (AE-15) during the Korean War. He was on leave from the Navy when he married the love of his life, Laura J. Eaton, on November 17, 1955, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Sykeston. Shortly after, they left for California.

Following his release from active duty, Roland received his college education at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, where he graduated with honors with a degree in Animal Science. While in Pomona, he worked for Southern California Edison Power Company. After leaving California, Roland worked for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Grants Pass and Pendleton, Oregon. He returned to the family farm in 1968, where he raised his family, farmed, and was a US rural mail carrier. He retired in 1999.

Roland was very community oriented. He served on many boards including school, church, township, and fire department. He was an avid league bowler for 52 consecutive years. He enjoyed golfing, watching sports, and attending all of his children’s activities. Above all, his family was his pride and joy. He will be forever cherished and greatly missed.

Roland is survived by his wife Laura; five sons and two daughters. Timothy (Lori) Friezen, Grand Forks, ND, Thomas (Della) Friezen, Tucson, AZ, Kenneth Friezen, Mountain Home, ID, Kathryn (Robert) Hoffert, Grand Forks, ND, Patricia (Robert) Walton, Fargo, ND, Daniel (Erin) Friezen, West Fargo, ND, and Jonathan (Rosemary) Friezen, Cathay, ND. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister Marlys Miller, West Fargo, ND; brother Gerald (Evelyn) Friezen, Brookings, SD, and brother Alan (Beth) Friezen, Fargo, ND.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, many aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, please remit memorials to:

Sanford Neuroscience Clinic, 700 1st Avenue South, Fargo, ND 58103  or

Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center, 820 4th Street North, Fargo, ND 58102  or

St. Elizabeth’s Cemetery, 21 Anson Ave. NE, Sykeston, ND


His Visitation will be Friday, November 6, 2020, 1:00PM – 6:45PM with Family present from 5:00-6:45PM a Rosary Service at 6:45PM followed by a Vigil Service at 7:00PM all at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, November 7, 2020, at 10:30AM at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, Sykeston, ND.

His Burial will be at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Cemetery, Sykeston, ND.


Posted Condolences:


  1. Our sympathy to the family. May Roland Rest In Peace. Leon and Penny (Riedesel) Mindt

  2. Our family wish to extend our condolences.

  3. The Dahl Family, Billings,Montana

  4. So sorry for your loss.

  5. We need more people like Roland…A man of faith and a volunteer. We are praying for you all.

  6. Jon & Friezen Family,
    We were so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Your dad was a good man & well respected in the community. Our Deepest Sympathy to you & all your family.
    May he Rest In Peace.
    Steve & Jane Metzger

  7. Sorry for your loss. You have our sympathy. May he rest in peace.

  8. To the Friezen Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss and are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. So sorry for the worlds loss. Uncle Rollie was a true man among men. If anyone can share a way to contact Laura or Jon, I would appreciate it greatly. Thank you

  10. Coordinator for the AE15 USS Vesuvius Group of the AE/AOE Sailors Assn.
    Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of our shipmate, who served on the USS Vesuvius AE15.
    You will be missed by your shipmates but you can now rest in peace with
    the satisfaction of a job well done.
    We wish you fair winds and following seas on your last and final voyage.

    Bob Smith Coordinator for the AE15 USS Vesuvius Group of the AE/AOE Sailors Assn.
    AE15 Web Site: http://www.freewebs.com/vesuvius/ I served on the U.S.S. Vesuvius AE15 from 1951 to 54 as a First Division Deck Ape<

  11. Just heard of Roland’s passing today and we want to offer our condolences to Laura & all the Friezen family. Roland was a very good man and a great neighbor also.
    We both served on the Cathay Township board through the years and Roland was our secretary/treasurer and he knew the laws/rules backwards and forwards and very very seldom had to look up a rule or law!
    We also bowled together for Wagner Hardware and served together on Cathay Fire Department.
    May our dear Lord bless you all and take Roland into His Kingdom for all of eternity!
    Rest in Peace my friend!


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