Richard E. “Dick” Friedrichsen

HOLSTEIN – Private family services for Richard E. “Dick” Friedrichsen, 91, of Holstein will be at Faith Lutheran Church in Holstein with the Rev. Scott L. Neumann officiating.

There will be a live stream of the service at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21. A link will be provided at Burial will be in the Holstein Cemetery at Holstein.

Visitation will be 3-7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20, at Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home in Holstein.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the family will not be present at the visitation. In accordance to guidelines set for Iowa, crowds will be limited to 15 people or less inside of the funeral home at a time, masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced. Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home in Holstein is in charge of arrangements.

Richard died Nov. 17, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society-Holstein.

Richard (Dick) Friedrichsen was born Feb. 13, 1929, on a farm, west of Holstein to Henry and Marie (Indorf) Friedrichsen. This was the same farm where his mother, Marie, was born. He was baptized July 7, 1929, and confirmed June 21, 1942, both at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

He attended school in Holstein and graduated from Holstein High School in 1947. He loved and excelled in all sports: football, basketball and track. His love of sports continued after graduation, as he officiated basketball games for several years.

Dick started farming with his father following high school graduation. After watching his neighbor girl go by on her way to school, he asked her out for a date.

Following a year of courtship, Dick and Shirley Bergmann married Sept. 6, 1953, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. They established their home on the family farm, west of Holstein.

To this union, four children were born: Daniel, Brian, Cynthia and Marilyn. Dick continued to farm with his wife and four children by his side. His love of the farm never diminished.

In earlier years, Dick served as church trustee and elder. He was a faithful and active member of Faith Lutheran Church.

Dick also served as a bank director for Holstein State Bank/Heritage Bank for 35 years. After retirement, Dick and Shirley continued to live on the family farm.

In 2012, they moved into Holstein, from the farm where Dick had lived for 83 years. Throughout his life, Dick loved to go to land sales and drive around to check crops and livestock. But, one of his greatest joys was attending his children’s and grandchildren’s activities, whether it was sporting events, music concerts or dance recitals; he enjoyed them all.

No matter where he was, waiting in a doctor’s office or in a store, sitting on bleachers or at any social gathering, he could strike up a conversation with anyone, taking a genuine interest in them and making new friends.

Dick is survived by Shirley, his wife of 67 years; and four children: Dan (Alice) Friedrichen, Brian (Deb) Friedrichsen, Cindy (Bob) Scherff and Marilyn (Lynn) Hurley.

Also surviving are 12 grandchildren: Sara Friedrichsen, Stacy (Chris) Brown, Brett (Allisa) Friedrichsen, Joe Friedrichsen, Justin Scherff, Kristin (Adam) Henry, Brandon (Jenni) Scherff, Megan Scherff, Rachel (Andrew Paulson) Hurley, Laura Hurley, Luke (Katelyn) Hurley and Amy Hurley.

Additional survivors include 13 great-grandchildren: Hannah, Logan and Austin Brown; Carli, Henry, Lane and Colt Friedrichsen; Jackson, Grayson and Kennedy Scherf; Owen and Emma Henry; and Easton Scherff.

Also surviving are a brother, Cliff (Florence) Friedrichsen; his in-laws: Ruth (Gary) Dorman and Alvin Hammer; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents: Henry and Marie Friedrichsen; his in-laws, Theodore and Hattie Bergmann; a brother, Bob (Lois) Friedrichsen; two sisters: Pearl (Ervin) Henrichsen and Dorothy (Darwin) Thornhill; and his in-laws: Betty (Don) Voss and Phyllis Hammer.

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