Jake Isaac Friesen Obituary, Death – Jake Isaac Friesen, 62, died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 8, 2023. He was born in Winkler, Manitoba on September 15, 1960. Jake’s parents, Isaac and Sarah, father-in-law Peter Harder, mother-in-law Anne Harder, brother-in-law Irv Schroeder, sister-in-law Ruth Schroeder, and niece Cheupe predeceased him. His devoted wife of 41 years, MaryAnne, survives him, as do his three children, Ryan (Corin), Derek (Charissa), and Devon (Jess). Damon, Kael, Jude, Lawson, Sawyer, Vienna, Blake, and Jaxon are among his eight grandchildren, with another on the way. He is also survived by his siblings, Abe (Tina), Tina (Ike, deceased), Helen (Fred), Victor (Kathy), Henry (Gloria), Richard (Tina), Sally (Warren), as well as a large number of nieces and nephews and special friends.
Jake had a huge personality and was devoted to his enterprises, religion, community, and family. His interests were cultivated early in life while working for his father’s business, welding and performing the accounting, participating in many sports and activities with siblings. He was raised in a Christian environment and was baptized on January 31, 1993, following his confession of faith. Jake married MaryAnne, his true love, in 1980. He launched a few modest part-time enterprises and worked as a welder in a few local firms as a young husband and father. He returned to school at the age of 30 to obtain his GED and a business degree in order to provide a better life for his family. After a year of hard work and sacrifice, he graduated and began working for Convey-All Industries, where he swiftly progressed to become a trusted and important employee.
Jake spent many of his few free hours at home with his boys playing and teaching sports. Regular games of floor hockey, street hockey, baseball, football, and ping pong were played, with hard games and many lessons acquired. In the 1990s, he volunteered with the Winkler Flyers and Winkler Minor Hockey. He served as a member of the board, President, coach, and billet father to numerous young hockey players. Many junior and minor hockey players are still carrying the life lessons he taught them. He realized his lifetime aim of running his own full-time business in 2001. His first employee was his wife, MaryAnne, who assisted with bookkeeping and whatever else needed, even metal working. In Ben Wall, he rapidly discovered a partner who became a trusted and close friend. Together, they expanded the business to become a respected pillar of the community via a huge amount of hard work, dedication, and passion, as well as the support of both of their families. He was quite proud of it. He became more passionate about and involved in his church as his business grew.
He spent endless hours in various roles throughout the next several years. He was deeply committed to building and strengthening the church, and he had a huge heart for missions, co-ordinating and raising funding for many missions around the world. He was constantly active and cheerful, and could usually be seen at work or having lunch with a buddy. He valued extended lunches with friends as well as working on his business with his family. After retiring, he frequently spent hours at the shop keeping up with what was going on, conversing with staff, and encouraging his boys. He had numerous close friendships throughout his life, and he left an indelible mark on everyone who knew him. His love was unconditional and unending, yet he cherished the opportunity to mentor, tutor, or hold a buddy accountable if it made them a better person. MaryAnne, his wife, was his greatest value in life. It meant everything to him to have her at his side at work, on missions and vacations, and while they were building their cabin in Gimli. His love and pride for her are indescribable.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jake’s memory can be donated to Teen Challenge, an organization close to his heart. Jake’s life will be celebrated on Thursday, April 13, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Winkler Mennonite Church. The family would want to thank everyone who has reached out to them in the last several days via phone, text, email, social media, personal visits, and so on. Your great support has been felt and appreciated during this difficult time.