GIBSON CITY – The funeral of Arland L. Friese, 92, of Gibson City will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at St. John's Lutheran Church in rural Anchor with the Pastor Stephen Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Sunday.
Mr. Friese died at 3:47 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 11, 2012) at Gibson Area Hospital.
He was born Aug. 12, 1920, in Farmer, S.D., a son of Louis and Fredericka (Roth) Friese. He graduated from Edgerton Consolidated High School in 1938. He married Lois Clausen on Aug. 28, 1949, in Anchor. She survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Debra (Mike) Sylvestor of Normal and Diane (Mick) Bradbury of Gibson City; three grandchildren, Amy (Jeff) Cribbett of Gibson City, Cory Kiper of Longview, Texas, and Ron (Eileen) Woolums of Gibson City; five great-grandchildren, Tucker, Tanner and Tyler Cribbett, and Allison and Abbi Woolums; and one sister, Dorothy Shields of Gibson City.
Arland was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, two sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Friese was employed at Jones Motor Sales in Gibson City for 37 years. He retired to Florida in 1984 and had a landscaping business for 10 years, and was employed at Publix Super Markets for seven years. He returned to Illinois in 2001.
Arland was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. First Army in the European Theater, including Omaha Beach and the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded five Bronze Battle Stars, a Silver Battle Star and the Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation for Meritorious Service.
Mr. Friese was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Anchor, and served on the Sunday school staff, Church council and Financial Secretary. He was head usher at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Leesburg, Fla., for seven years. Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church or Gibson Area Hospital. Lamb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.