John P. Friesen, son of Peter and Anna Regier Friesen was born October 24, 1864, at Hierschau, South Russia. In l878 he accompanied his parents to America. They made their home at Henderson, Nebraska, where ho resided most of his lire.
He was united in marriage March 10, 1889, to Agatha Wiens, with whom he lived 68 years. To this union were born two sons arid seven daughters.
Upon his confession of faith-in Christ as his Savior, he was baptized September
30, 1889, and received into the Mennonite Brethren Church.
The Friesens spent most of their life on the farm. They labored hard and the Lord blessed their labors, In 1921 they retired and made their home in Henderson, Nebraska.
Mr. Friesen was known for his quiet confident walk with the Lord. He found endless joy in Gods creation. His love of the beauty of nature often prompted him to singing. Many are the fervent songs and prayers heard from his lips. He was blessed with good health and a keen memory, which he retained till his departure.
During the last three years he stayed at the home of his son in End, Oklahoma. Here he became ill in the latter part of June. On Friday, July 4, 1958, at 1:45 AM he went to be with His Lord.
Preceded in death are: his wife in 1957; two daughters: Nettie in 1909 at the age of two, and Mary in 1926 at the age of 21; His father and mother; five grand-children; eight brothers, and seven sisters.
Left to mourn his passing are: two sons, John L. of Enid, Oklahoma, and Herman L. Of Henderson, Nebraska; five daughters: Mrs. Agatha Buller,-San Jose, Calif.;- Mrs. Elizabeth Goertzen, Henderson, Nebr., Mrs. Anna Brandt, San Antonio, Texas, Mrs. Tina Brandt, Chicago, Ill., and Mrs. Helen Austin, Midland, Michigan; 18 grandchildren; 34 great grand-children; and two great great grand-children; one sister, Mrs. Susie Hiebert of Henderson, Nebr.
The Homeland!0 the Homeland!
The land of the freeborn;
There's no night in the homeland,
But aye the fadeless morn; -
Im sighing for the Homeland,
My heart is aching here;
There is no pain in the Homeland
To which I am drawing near.