KLAMATH FALLS — Donald Friedrich, a member of Sacred Heart Parish here, died June 28 after a long illness. He was 84.
Mr. Friedrich was born July 9, 1929, in Klamath Falls. He attended school in Bly, Klamath Falls, Keno, and other places where the family lived. He graduated from Klamath Union High School in 1948. In 1951, he enlisted in the Navy during the Korean War and, after being stationed in San Diego, Calif., and Tacoma, Wash., was sent to Japan and Korea. He was discharged in 1955. Before and after his military service, he worked at Ricky's Jewelers in Klamath Falls, during which time he met his future wife, Ruthie Williams. They married in 1952. She preceded him in death in 2001.
He was employed twice at Weyerhaeuser Timber Company for a total of 35 years, retiring in 1991. He also delivered the Oregonian newspaper throughout Klamath County for 14 years. In his retirement, he volunteered with the Stewart-Lenox Fire Department as an assistant fire chief, EMT, Juvenile Firesetters School presenter and arson task force member.
He also volunteered many hours at the Klamath Falls Senior Center, the local Veterans Affairs office, the local American Legion, and a prostate cancer support group and individual seniors. He was also a Knight of Columbus, achieving fourth degree.
He is survived by his five children, Jim Friedrich and Julia McDowell, Klamath Falls; Jerry Friedrich, Stanwood, Wash.; Judy Teas Vancouver, Wash.; and Jay Friedrich, Walla Walla, Wash; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Carol Dotson, Denver, Colo.; and Janice Soyster, Salem; aunts, Alice McDonald and Ruth Lund, Klamath Falls; uncle, Art Hammond, Redmond, Wash.; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald; sister, Kathryn, and one great-grandchild.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 18, at Sacred Heart Church.