1965, Leland J. Friesen, 68 of Ashland went home to be with the lord following a courageous battle with cancer late Thursday evening, May 26, 2011 in his home. He was born on January 24, 1943 in Butterfield, Minnesota to the late John R. and Marie (nee Quiring) Friesen. Leland married the love of his life, the former Janelle Fuhrman on July 18, 1964. He was a well educated man having graduated from Butterfield High School in 1961. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from the Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska and his Master’s Degree of Divinity from Grace Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. Leland retired in 2007 from the Brooksville Grace Brethren Church in Florida after having been the church’s pastor for eleven years. Throughout his career, he ministered more than 43 years in which 37 of those years were in various Grace Brethren Churches. He was a devoted attendant of the Ashland Grace Brethren Church and enjoyed fishing, camping, wood working, and reading; although, spending time with his family and grandchildren was by far the most important.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years of marriage, Janelle Friesen of Ashland; one daughter, Shari (Nate) Benyousky of Warsaw, Indiana; one son, Dr. Steve (Stephanie) Friesen of Ashland; six grandchildren, Daniel, Joelle, Tara, Kaylee, Jason, and Drew; two sisters, Shirley (Arnold) Dick of Long Prairie, Minnesota and Sandy Warling of Memphis, Tennessee; and two brothers, Roger Friesen of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Howard (Rhonda) Friesen of Mankato, Minnesota. In addition to his parents, Leland is preceded in death by a sister, Verna Hempeck.
A memorial service celebrating Leland’s life was held, Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Ashland Grace Brethren Church, 1144 West Main Street, Ashland, OH 44805. An additional memorial service will be held at the Brooksville Grace Brethren Church in Florida at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Drive, Ashland, OH 44805 or to Ashland Grace Brethren Church, 1144 West Main Street, Ashland, OH 44805.