Family & Friends,
(Cont.) Bill & Alice Friesen’s 22 year marriage ended on May 9 when Bill Friesen slipped into the arms of Jesus. He awaits his resurrection body, but his dementia from Alzheimer’s disease has been healed!
Our family trekked back to Holly, MI for the military funeral at Great Lakes Military Cemetery. It was short (22 military funerals that day), solemn, dignified and heart-rending. My sister Cindy made the arrangements with stepmom Alice. Cindy summarized his life. “As a born-again Christian, Bill considered his most important role in life to be the family’s spiritual leader. His quiet and steady personality encouraged his four children to set and achieve positive goals, live lives of integrity, cherish family, and serve a living God.”
I read Scripture from 1 Corinthians 15: “But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, then will come about the saying, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’ The sting of death is sin, but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
A family friend sang “Amazing Grace” and we joined in. Step-brother Doug thanked God in prayer for the life of our father, husband and grandpa. A military gun salute pierced the air followed by the haunting beautify of bugle Taps. The flag was unfolded, displayed for a moment and refolded. A military serviceman presented the flag to Alice and thanked her for Bill’s sacrificial service to keep our country free. You wanted to stay and just think about family, country, freedom and Bill Friesen. But, 21 other families were lined up to remember their dead and we had to quietly disperse. (to be cont.)