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Friesner, Bruce L., age 77, ceased his struggle with COPD on August 31, 2013. He is survived by his adoring wife, January; sons: Bruce Lee (Michelle) and Donald Friesner and their mother, Shelby; stepchildren: Suzanne (Roy) Fedewa, James (Laurie) Potter, Craig (Debbie) Potter, Scott Potter and Cheryl Lucas; currently, grandchildren number 19 and great-grandchildren 12. Siblings are: Jack Friesner, Kay (Mike) Fosnaugh, Roger Holtz, Bill Holtz,and Debbie Vogel; sister-in-law: Carol (Roger) Conant; brothers-in-law: Gary (Lee) Schut, and Alan (Patricia) Schut.

We benefitted from his sense of humor, wittiness, carpentry, mechanical know-how and deer hunting expertise. He will be greatly missed. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place. A gathering to celebrate his life will be held on October 6, 2013 from 3:00-5:00pm at his home away from home: Keiser’s Kitchen in Lowell. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Heartland Hospice would be appreciated.

Honoring his wishes, cremation will take place. Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Suzanne Fedewa on September 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Dear Mom – I’m so glad you had many happy years with Bruce. Besides his great sense of humor, he was a kind man and he loved you very much. I know you will miss him and pray that God will give you comfort along the way.

  2. Nicole Dufendach on September 10, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Dear Grandma,
    We are so sorry for your lose. You are in our prayers as you grieve and make this transition.
    Love and Prayers,
    Nicole, Kevin, Addison, Cayden and Evelyn Dufendach

  3. Dillon lucas on September 10, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Hello, I will be at the gatherin with my mother, and I can’t wait to see much of my family there. I love you all and can’t wait to see you all soon! Love you grandma Janurary! I’m sorry for your loss, I loved him like my grandfather although I did not know him well.

  4. Jim and Laurie Potter on September 10, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    We are so honored to have had Bruce in our lives. He was a wonderful husband to our mother, grandfather to our children and step-dad to us. He will be missed by many.

  5. Carol Conant on September 10, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    So sorry for your loss We are unable to attend the Memorial for Bruce but you will be in our thought that day.

  6. Emmarie Kastelz on September 11, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I will miss you uncle Bruce. You were always so kind and I have great memories of you. May the Lord bless and keep you.

  7. Scott Michael Potter on September 12, 2013 at 8:24 am

    I hope Bruce’s oft-repeated message about five-leaf, Virginia Creeper ivy dangers is finally realized as being critically important!

  8. jacob potter on October 10, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    RIP Grandpa Bruce

  9. Zach and Andi Ripley on October 18, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Bruce was always pleasant and always ready to smile and laugh. In a world so full of pessimism, a light laugh means much!

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