Robert “Bob” Friesen was born in Dallas, Ore. to Ben and Rosella Friesen. He was the eldest of 4 children and from an early age enjoyed exploring the outdoors, hunting, and fishing in the rural hills around his home. Sports came easy to Bob, lettering as both a quarterback and pitcher for Dallas High School. Bob went on to study for a year at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas, before following his bride-to-be, Evelyn Lowen, to Seattle Pacific College. After graduating in 1963, the two married and stayed in Washington where they both worked as teachers. Bob found his niche as a biology teacher at Mountlake Terrace High School with a career stretching to 33 years, all in the same classroom.
Bob and Evelyn raised a family of 4 children in Snohomish, Wash. and enjoyed years of adventure, camping, and traveling. Bob was always inquisitive about the natural world and shared with his family a satisfaction in simple pleasures on these trips. After retirement, Bob found many ways to apply his skills and live his faith in the service of others. He helped to build a church in Snohomish, a hospital and orphanage in Haiti, and houses in Mexico, before finally going to Peru to serve missionary families. In 2009, Bob and Ev moved to Bellingham to enjoy their growing grandkids and celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2013.
Bob will be missed by his wife, Evelyn; sons, Craig of Seattle, Eric and Scott, both of Bellingham; a daughter, Stephanie of Bellingham; brothers, Chuck Friesen of Salem, Ore. and Gord Friesen of Bend, Ore.; sister Carolyn Schlener of Minneapolis, Minn.; 5 grandchildren, Samantha, Elijah, Piper, Grace, and Bennett; and many dear friends and family from a life well lived.
- Date & Time: Dec 08, 2016 (No Time)
- Venue: Cornwall Church
- Location: 4518 Northwest Dr Bellingham, WA 98226 - (Get Directions)