Frank “Jim” Laverne Friedrick


May 7, 1930 - June 2, 2019


Frank “Jim” Laverne Friedrick, 89, of Mitchell, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Firesteel Health Care Center in Mitchell.  Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Friday, June 7 at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.  Burial will be at Silver Creek Cemetery rural Forestburg.  Visitation will be 5-7:00 PM Thursday at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Frank “Jim” Laverne Friedrick was born on May 7, 1930 in Hot Springs, SD to Frank and Emma (Krei) Friedrick. He was raised on his parent’s homestead along the Cheyenne River near Oral, SD. He helped on the homestead after graduating from High School. He also helped construct the Angostura Irrigation Canal near Oral, SD.

He was drafted into the Army in 1952 and served in Korea and Japan until his discharge in 1954. After serving his county, he returned to work on a custom combine operation as well as farm for a short time near where he grew up.

In 1956 he met an elementary school teacher, Joanne Anderson, at a dance in Hot Springs. The couple was married on June 24, 1957 in Mitchell, SD and had three sons. Frank worked in Mitchell at Johnson’s Furniture for several years as a flooring installer and several years as a private flooring installer until his retirement at the age of 70.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Joanne; one brother, and three sisters.

He is survived by his three sons, Rod of Mitchell, Scott (Susie) of Sheridan, WY, and Bart of Volga, SD; a grandson, James of Mitchell; sister Elaine Naegle of Clearfield, UT; as well as many nieces and nephews.


Thursday, June 6, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301


Friday, June 7, 2019
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301


Silver Creek Cemetery
Rural Forestburg, South Dakota

Posted by Steve Molumby on June 16, 2019
Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I always enjoyed visiting with Jim. I do taxidermy and he gave me the first deer head that I did which I have in my cabin today.
Posted by bailey on June 6, 2019
bart and family,,,,,,our sympathy sent to all of you upon the passing of one so dear to all of you

many fond memories connected to your dad and mother both by all of us...........
.f the bailey family........
Posted by Nadine Nielsen on June 5, 2019
Bart, I was so sorry to hear of your Dad passing away. I know how hard it's been on you being so far away from him. I will be thinking of you and keeping you and your family in my prayers. Knowing your Dad is free of pain and with your Mom, may be a little more comforting. Soon all the fond family memories you and your brothers had with him will be alot more meaningful. Gods peace!
Posted by Tami Revoir on June 5, 2019
I really enjoyed spending time with Jim. He had so many stories the ones he liked to tell the most were about his sons..He is so very proud of you all. They years of basketball that his sons played he totally enjoyed. And so smart he could really talk about most subjects from history to farming to economics. I am sure he is really happy to be with his wife again..
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