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David Leon Friesen

David Leon Friesen, age 70, passed away on Sunday, February 6, 2022 in Grand Coulee, Washington. He was born Friday, June 22, 1951 to George E. & Esther Sawatsky-Friesen in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Following high school, he worked in the mines in Kellogg, Idaho, then David served his country with honor in Vietnam with the US Navy from 1970 to 1974, earning the "National Defense Service Medal", "Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal", "Vietnam Service Medal With One Bronze Star" and a "Meritorious Unit Service Commendation."

On Wednesday, December 28, 1994, David married Viola Nanpuya-Burke at the Hich'n Post in Coeur de Alene, Idaho. An electrician by trade, David enjoyed maintaining his lawn and riding his bicycle.

Preceded in death by his father George E. Friesen and his mother Esther Sawatsky-Friesen and1 Brother ; David is survived by his wife of 27 years, Viola Nanpuya-Burke; his step-son Matthew Carden Sr .; 4 - Grandchildren; 6 - Great-Grandchildren; 1 - Great-Great-Grandchild; 3 - Sisters and 1 - Brother

A community wake for David will be held Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 7:00 PM at the Nespelem Catholic Long House. His funeral service will occur Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 10:00 AM also at the Nespelem Catholic Long House. His graveside service with military honors will follow Thursday, February 10, 2022 at the Little Nespelem Cemetery.

Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, Washington is caring for his family.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Friesen family.


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