John C. Frerichs
John C. Frerichs, 78, of Laurel, died Sunday, June 18,, 2017 at Hillcrest Care Center in Laurel.
Services will be held at a later at United Methodist Church in Laurel. The Rev. Jaime Farias will officiate. Memorial visitation will be at the United Methodist Church Laurel at a later date. Burial will be in the Laurel Cemetery at Laurel.
Memorials may be directed to the Frerichs family for later designation.
Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Laurel.
John Carl Frerichs was born March 15, 1939, at Sioux City, Iowa to Irvin and Ella (Kovarna) Frerichs. He graduated from Allen Consolidated High School. John received his Army Basic Training at Fort Polk, La. and was a member of the Wayne Army National Guard. John married Marilyn Johnson. They made their home in Laurel where John worked at McCorkindale Implement in Laurel as a John Deere Mechanic for 38 years. He also had worked at Scott Horn Construction of Cherokee, Iowa, Red Carr Implement, Dixon County maintainer operator, and Dixon County Feed Yard. “Big John” was a gentle giant. He loved being a John Deere mechanic and helping the farmers. He was very proud of his family and dearly loved his wife. He spent many hours each Christmas staying up through the night to put all the toys together that “Santa” brought, so his children would be happy and excited when they woke up Christmas morning. He was a hard-working man, with a kind heart. John’s hobbies were to till gardens, plant and care for his garden along with his wife, and to plant trees around his house.
Survivors include his step-children, Renee (Curt) Saunders of Laurel, Sharon (Bob) Pederson of Sioux Falls, S.D., Debbie Dietrich of Palmer, Alaska, Mike (Kim Jensen) Dietrich of Tea, S.D.; siblings, Darrell Frerichs, Robert (Nancy) Frerichs, Carlene Frerichs and MaryAnn Frerichs all of Allen; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marilyn in 2009; step-son, David Dietrich in 2016; and spouse, Bonnie Dietrich.
Honorary pallbearers will be granddaughters Brittany Knudsen, Brooke Dietrich-Diehl, Kelsey Dietrich, Kellee Dietrich, Megan Witte and Mandy Collins; grandsons Brian Saunders, Johnny Saunders, Justin Saunders and Zachary Dietrich and John Deere colleagues and friends Mark Koch, Mark Koch, Scott Rath, Greg McClary, Darrell Junck and Craig Bathke