Jacob David Friesen was born on April 7, 1942, the fourth boy to Wilhelm and Maria (Siemens) Friesen. His personality as a jokester was well established even at a young age, as well as his love of all things ketchup. At the age of 16, Jake accepted Jesus as his personal saviour. He was the last of his family of 9 to make this decision. This was a significant turning point in his life. In 1960, Jake went off to bible school at Millar Memorial Bible Institute. There he enjoyed singing in quartets, and also met the woman who would later become his wife.
Jake married Joyce Thiessen on September 24, 1965. They settled in Vanderhoof, BC for a few years, before moving to Fraser Lake, BC to help with the planting of a new church. Jake and Joyce lived in Fraser Lake for 35 years, where they raised their family. Jake was a hard worker and provided well for his family, working at several jobs before buying his first truck. He spent the next twenty years as an owner/operator of a logging truck and serving in the local church. He also continued to sing in a quartet called the Northern Echoes, touring churches across Canada.
In 1998, Jake and Joyce sold the business and their home and moved to Swift Current, Saskatchewan. There he held a variety of jobs including bus driver and upholsterer for his son-in-law’s business. After 3 ½ years, there was another move. This time to Red Deer, Alberta where he worked part-time for the local COOP and delivering parts for Peterbilt.
In 2009, Jake was diagnosed with Parkinsons. This presented a significant challenge for him, and a decision was made to make a final move to Sherwood Park, Alberta to be closer to family. This decision was a blessing in so many ways. One of these was the Parkinsons support group that Jake and Joyce attended where they met many great friends. On June 10, Jake suffered a stroke. He passed away in the early hours of July 5, 2017.
Jake lived his life with integrity. He is remembered as a man who worked hard, loved his family and served in the church. His greatest legacy is his family and his faith. Jake’s faith in Jesus was the reason for his hope. The family finds comfort in knowing that they will see him again someday.
Jake is survived by his wife, Joyce (Thiessen) Friesen; his three children, Carla, Lorin, and Rachelle; his son-in-law Phil and daughter-in-law Maria; his eight grandchildren: Jesse, Landen, Mataya, Cole, Kailor, Raegan, Brooklyn and Cade; and his siblings Henry, Bill, John, Ben, Marion and Helena and their spouses Emilie, Elsie, Wilma, Lea, John and Larry.
He was predeceased by his parents Wilhelm and Maria, as well as his brother-in-law
Hank and his sister-in-law Mary.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, July 14, 2017 at Ellerslie Baptist Road Church in Edmonton