Celebrating the life of Fred A. Briese, Jr.
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The funeral service will be Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Anthon, Iowa. Burial will be in the Correctionville Cemetery with military graveside honors provided by the American Legion Mumford Moon Post #79 of Correctionville. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 1, after 4:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Anthon. The family is receiving condolences on line at www.armstrongfuneral.com.
Fred August Briese, Jr. was born May 11, 1923, in rural Correctionville, Iowa, on the family farm, now a Century Farm. He was the son of Fred August, Sr. and Minnie (Lenz) Briese. He grew up on the farm and received his formal education in the country school located on the farm.
He began farming with the family, and in 1946, as a young man he was drafted into the US Occupation Army. Upon his honorable discharge in 1947, Fred returned home to the farm.
On May 8, 1947, he was united in marriage to Doris Nadine Jacobs at the Church of Christ Parsonage in Correctionville. After their marriage, the couples life work was in farming. They bought a farm west of Correctionville in 1952, where they raised their six children. Fred and Doris also owned and operated the Correctionville Produce and Clothing business from 1962 to 1974. After an active life, Doris passed away December 14, 2009.
Fred loved the farm; he planted corn for 76 years from age of 16 until he was 91. He also loved to tend to his huge and very productive gardens which became a family project as the children and grandchildren helped him in his later years. He found satisfaction in harvesting the garden produce and sharing it with anyone lucky enough to receive the fresh vegetables. At the time of his recent illness, he was still growing tomatoes. He also enjoyed fishing, dancing and gaming but above all, he loved his family, especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Fred and Doris sold and distributed Watkins products together for years, a tradition he continued after her death for a total 30 years. Fred was also a DeKalb Seed Corn salesman for over 25 years.
Fred served as a member of the Correctionville and Eastwood School Boards for 25 years. He was also a member of the American Legion Mumford Moon Post #79 of Correctionville.
Those survivors left to cherish their memories of Fred include his six children, Linda OConnell and her husband, Dennis of San Diego, California, Paul Briese and Brian Briese and his wife, Pamela, all of Correctionville, Iowa, Patricia Briese of Arnolds Park, Iowa, Peggy Briese and her husband, Jeff Schroeder of Omaha, Nebraska, and Lori Briese and Bill Warner of Phoenix, Arizona; dear family friends, Roger and Beulah Sand of Anthon, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Amy (OConnell) Kirby and her husband, Matt of Portland, Oregon, Jennifer (Briese) Back and her husband, Jacob of Plano, Texas, Shannon (Briese) Fredricksen and her husband, Travis of Springdale, Arkansas, David Briese and his wife, Kayla of Sioux City, Iowa, Nicholas Schroeder of Des Moines, Iowa, Margaret (Schroeder) Menard and her husband, Garret of Omaha, Nebraska, and Samuel Briese of Correctionville, Iowa; five great grandchildren, Carina and Ciera Kirby of Portland, Oregon, Emily and Natalie Back of Plano, Texas, and Landon Briese of Sioux City, Iowa; two brothers; a nephew and his wife, John and Gayle Jacobs and a niece, Barbara Rowse all of Correctionville; along with numerous other nieces and nephews; and many good friends and neighbors.
Along with his beloved wife, Doris, Fred was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Nathan Briese; three brothers, Marion, Arnold, and Dean; and sister-in-law, Wanda Jacobs.
A memorial in Freds name will be established for the Iowa Honor Flight Network for veterans.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Armstrong Funeral Home
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
After 4:00 p.m.
Armstrong Funeral Home