In memory of

Neal Friedrichsen

September 7, 1955 - July 22, 2020
From: Wall Lake, IA
Neal Friedrichsen

Neal Friedrichsen

Born: September 7, 1955
Died: July 22, 2020
Age: 64
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   Neal Friedrichsen, age 64 of Wall Lake, IA, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, IA. Neal Walter Friedrichsen was born on September 7, 1955, to parents Clarence and Ruby (Schultz) Friedrichsen, at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, IA. He was baptized in the Stockholm Lutheran Church in Kiron, IA, and confirmed in the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig, IA. Neal and his two siblings were raised in the Kiron-Schleswig area where he attended grade school. He attended high school in Denison, IA, and then in the Odebolt-Arthur school district where he graduated from with the Class of 1973.

   After graduating, Neal worked for several area farmers. On September 15, 1978, he married Becky Nissen in the Peace Lutheran Church in Wall Lake. This union was blessed with two daughters, Angie and Kelly. In 1983, they moved to the Reiter farm SW of Wall Lake that they eventually purchased. This is where Neal and Becky raised their girls and made so many amazing memories together. The farm brought so much joy to Neal. It was where he was able to instill great work ethic in his girls and they in turn adored what over the years was taught to them. Neal loved farming period. Besides family time, farming was his life. Over the years he raised hogs, had a cow-calf operation, and farmed the land. Spring was always his favorite as he was able to witness calving.

   Neal was a hardworking individual who besides farming, worked several side jobs over the years such as working for the Raasch Brothers, at Wall Lake Used Parts, for Friedrichsen Trucking, and at the Egyptian Vault Company. It was hard for him to stay idle so he was always busy doing something.  When he wasn’t working, and especially during this past year or so as his health declined, you could find him watching television. Neal had so many favorite old shows like Gunsmoke, Love Boat, Fantasy Island and yes, even cartoons…Bugs Bunny and  Scooby Doo just to name a few. He had a GREAT sense of humor.

   Another thing Neal really enjoyed was traveling. He and Becky traveled a lot with the Pep Club from Bank Midwest. They were able to visit many states and places including Alaska, Hawaii, and Riviera Maya, Mexico.

   He was a very proud husband, parent and grandparent. Just the mention of his grandkids’ names would have him beaming with joy. His grandkids would sit on his lap and ask for ‘rubbles’ from grandpa which meant a few tickles to the side. This always made both he and them laugh. Riding with grandpa on the farm equipment was also something they all enjoyed doing and will forever hold memories of.

   Neal was a very private man who when he became ill, wasn’t much for talking about it with those outside of his family. He was diagnosed with Interstitial Lung Disease in 2019, and in May of this year it progressed. On July 14, 2020, Neal was transferred from St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA, to the University of Iowa City Hospital’s Lung Transplant Unit where he underwent a series of testing so that he could be accepted as a lung transplant recipient. Sadly, Neal’s health declined at a rapid pace and this was not able to occur.

   Neal lived a good earthly life. He was a hardworking, happy, funny, loving and caring man whose life should be celebrated. May he rest in peace in the Lord’s comforting arms eternally. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

   Neal leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife, Becky Friedrichsen of Wall Lake, IA; daughters Angie (Jason) Clark of Ankeny, IA, and Kelly Friedrichsen (Eric Bieber) of Cedar Rapids, IA; grandchildren: Caleb, Collin, Payton and Maddox Clark, Logan, Zachary and Emma Bieber, and Emily Hanzel; parents Clarence and Ruby Friedrichsen of Kiron, IA; brother Ross Friedrichsen of Arthur, IA; sister Lois (Mitch) Bengford of Odebolt, IA; mother-in-law Colleen Nissen of Wall Lake, IA; sister-in-law Connie (Ken) Severson of Nemaha, IA; brothers-in-law Steven Nissen and Wayne Nissen both of Wall Lake, IA; many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

   He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Knute and Henrietta Friedrichsen, Walter and Emma Schultz; father-in-law Glenn Nissen; uncles Glen Friedrichsen and Fritz Schultz ; many aunts, uncles,  and nephew Ethan Nissen.

Tribute Video
10:30 a.m., Monday
July 27, 2020
Peace Lutheran Church
Wall Lake, Iowa
Reverend Roger Carlisle
3:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday
July 26, 2020
Peace Lutheran Church
Wall Lake, Iowa
"How Great Thou Art"
"Old Rugged Cross"
"Amazing Grace"
"On Eagle's Wings"

Carol Nuetzman, Organist
Wall Lake Cemetery
Wall Lake, Iowa


Monday, July 27, 2020 at 10:53 AM
“We are so sorry for your loss of your husband. Our sincere deep sympathy goes out to you and your family.”
- Dick and Barb Glau
Monday, July 27, 2020 at 10:53 AM
“My sympathy Becky to you and your family”
- Speed Herrig
Monday, July 27, 2020 at 10:53 AM
“So sorry to hear of Neal's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.”
- Jerry Boger
Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 10:56 AM
“Becky, Kelly, Angie and family. Praying for strength and your beautiful memories to guide you at this time. Love to all. Denise ”
- Denise Allamand
Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 10:56 AM
“I am so very sorry, Becky and family. I didn't know Neal all that well, but after reading his obituary I can see he was a remarkable man and so loved by his family and that you have many very special memories. I'm praying for your comfort and peace in the days ahead.”
- LaDonna Miller
Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 12:17 PM
“Neal I remember years ago when I delivered the Sunday paper 2 u and I got u up and said that u had cattle on the road u never got mad or excited about it and I helped u get them back in the cattle yard may u Rest In Peace young man Rest In Peace ”
- Charlie tuna Schnirring
Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 12:17 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.”
- Eugene and Marla Friedrichsen
Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 12:17 PM
“Becky and girls may your memories and love comfort you and God guide you through this time. Hugs and prayers for you.”
- Cathy Cook
Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 12:16 PM
“Becky and girls, our deepest sympathies ”
- Mark and Tami Auen
Friday, July 24, 2020 at 2:28 PM
“Becky and family-Vern and I are so sorry to hear about Neal. You all are in our thoughts and thoughts. ”
- Vern And Mary Bruening
Friday, July 24, 2020 at 2:28 PM
“All my sympathy to you and your family Becky. ”
- Janice Phillips
Friday, July 24, 2020 at 2:28 PM
“A luminous light remains where a beautiful soul has passed. Prayers for comfort and strength for all those who loved him.”
- Becky Jacobsen
Friday, July 24, 2020 at 2:28 PM
“So sorry to hear of your Loss Becky, the earth lost a good man, but heaven is rejoicing for sure, no more suffering for him, may all your wonderful memories give you peace my friend. Love you, Nyla”
- Nyla Gerhardt
Friday, July 24, 2020 at 2:28 PM
“Becky Im so sorry to hear this, prayers to you!”
- Nici Klocke (Bieret)
Friday, July 24, 2020 at 2:28 PM
“Our deepest sympathy and prayers to your family. So sorry for your loss. Rob and Marsha ”
- Marsha Bornhorst
Friday, July 24, 2020 at 2:28 PM
“Becky & family...Our hearts are broken! We are so sad to hear of this news. We know that Neal is blessed and that you will find comfort in the memories! GOD BLESS EACH OF YOU! Sending our prayers!
Marlin & Becky, Scottsdale AZ”
- Becky Stahl
Friday, July 24, 2020 at 2:28 PM
“Our sympathies Becky, Angie, Kelly and families. RIP neighbor Neal.”
- Dan Bieret Family
Friday, July 24, 2020 at 2:28 PM
Friday, July 24, 2020 at 2:28 PM
“Becky, Angie, Kelly and families, My heart breaks for each of you! I am keeping you all in my prayers that you are given peace and uplifted by the love that surrounds each of you!”
- Lisa Wordekemper
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