Donald Friess


Donald Keith Friess

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Rippey United Methodist Church for Donald Keith Friess, 81, of Rippey. Interment was in Rippey Cemetery.

Memorials may be left at Carris Family Funeral Home in Perry.

Donald Keith Friess died Aug. 18, 2007, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. He was born May 19, 1926, at Powell, WY, to Ernest and Nadine (Johnson) Friess. Following his father’s early death his family moved to Cooper, and Donald helped with the family farm. He graduated from Cooper High School.

He served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. For 33 years he worked as a maintenance mechanic at Osmundson’s Manufacturing in Perry.

Donald met Janice Marilyn Spafford Friess and they were married Oct. 10, 1970, at Jefferson.

Donald attended the Rippey United Methodist Church. He was so appreciated as a handyman by his family and friends and enjoyed woodworking.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Vergene Murphy; parents Ernest and Nadine Friess; and a sister, Norma Milane.

Survivors include his wife Janice Friess; four sons, Nick Friess and wife Barbara of Jefferson, Claude Friess and wife Michelle of Antioch, CA, Tom Friess and wife LuCinda of Perry, and Richard Friess of Rippey; two daughters, Rhonda Woltz and husband Curtis of Grand Junction and Diane Pearson and husband Richard of Rippey; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bill Friess of Greenfield, MO, and Rollie Friess and wife Pat of Arkansas; and a sister, Lelia Pitts of Greenfield, MO.