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Elroy E. Friede, 95, Juneau, passed away Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, comforted by his family at his side.

He was born July 24, 1923, in Mequon, the son of Reinhold and Lydia (nee Lemke), Friede. Elroy was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freistadt. Elroy was married April 26, 1947, to Ruth Zarling at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg. During their 71-year marriage he shared a strong Christian faith with his family. There were many camping trips while the kids were young. After retiring from Dodge County Highway Department, he and Ruth traveled to Germany and many of the United States including Alaska and Hawaii. His interests varied from farming, gardening and card playing to investing and inventing. He loved to make improvements to anything he owned or purchased.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Ruth; his loving children, David (Janet) Friede, Douglas (fiancé Kenna Arvold) Friede, Jean (John) Terek, Lois (Steven) Leistico; nine grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. Also, survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Franklin Friede and a sister, Doris Fick.

Visitation is Thursday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Juneau. Funeral service will follow at church at noon. The Rev. David Brandt will officiate. Interment Juneau city cemetery.

The family extends thanks to Harbor Village of Greendale for providing a comfortable home and care since October 2017. Also, a special thank you to Grace Hospice for their kindness and support.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church would be appreciated

Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home, Juneau, is serving the family.

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