Jonathan Friesen

Jonathan Jay Friesen, 53, rural Minot, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in a Minot hospital.

Jonathan Jay Friesen was born July 25, 1960, in Minot to Leonard and Betty (Welsh) Friesen. He was reared in his early years on the family farm near Ryder. The family moved to the Logan area, where he attended Bell School, Sawyer School and Minot High School.

At the young age of 18, he set out for California. He worked various jobs in the Los Angeles, San Diego and Beach communities before settling in Palm Desert, where he worked as a tour guide, chauffer and motorcade driver. He owned and operated his own pool-side resort service and later a window-washing service.

Jon had a love of downhill snow-skiing, hiking and camping in Yosemite National Park. He liked to travel and had an appreciation of good music.

He returned to the Minot area in 2008, where he was employed as a driver. He loved good conversation, watching football and collecting train memorabilia.

Jon is survived by: his mother, of Minot; siblings, Krystal (Mark) Krebsbach and Garnet Friesen, all of Minot, Lane (Tiffany) Friesen, of Pablo, Mont., Val (Cristee) Friesen, of Ryder, and Dixie Friesen, of Riverdale; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jon was preceded in death by his grandparents and father.

Memorial open house: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Fireside Bistro of Edgewood Vista at the corner of Hiawatha Street and 16th Avenue Southeast.

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(Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot)