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A Tribute To Stanley R. Friesen

Rep. Tom Latham

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Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life and memory of Stanley Friesen of Ogden, IA, who passed away on August 22.

Stan was born on June 17, 1942 in Hood River, OR, and educated in South Dakota. After earning his Master's Degree in 1967, Stan would teach for 3 years in South Dakota before making Iowa his home. After 3 years as the Floyd Valley High School Principal in Alton, IA, Stan moved to Ogden to begin his tenure as the Ogden High School principal. Mr. Friesen would make a lasting positive impact on scores of young Iowans for the next 34 years before retiring in 2004. Fortunately, Stan didn't allow his retirement to impede his passion for the students and citizens of Ogden. Instead, he would go on to serve as the president of the Ogden School Board to continue enriching the community that he loved.

Stan was never one to sit on the sidelines. In addition to his academic contributions to Ogden, Mr. Friesen also volunteered with Habitat of Boone and Greene Counties Board, the Lions Club, Ogden Scholarship Foundation Board, Boone County Hospice of Central Iowa Board, Ogden Community United Methodist Church, in addition to coordinating unforgettable Ogden senior trips to such destinations as Gettysburg, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and New York City. Stan also served on the Youth and Shelter Services of Boone County Community Advisory Board for more than 5 years and was awarded its 2010 Volunteer Leadership and Service award this past December.

While his contributions to his city and state have resulted in awards for his distinguished service, Stan would be the first to tell you that his family is his greatest achievement. Stan is survived by his wife, two brothers, two children, three grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Speaker, Stan Friesen lived his life like a true Iowan by placing service and family above all else. It was truly an honor to represent such an exemplary Iowan in the United States Congress. His contributions to the Ogden community and our state as a whole will be deeply missed. I offer his family my sincerest sympathies and best wishes in this difficult time. Thank you.