Longtime Buckley resident Roderick Lee Friese died Nov. 8, 2016, at Regency of Auburn with his family at his side. He had long battled Parkinson’s disease and dementia.
He was born Oct. 13, 1938, at the family home in Date, S.D., to the late William Sr. and Margaret Friese. The family moved to Washington when he was a sophomore and he graduated in 1958 from White River High in Buckley. He returned to South Dakota where he married Sandra on March 17, 1962. He was drafted into the U.S. Army the same year and the couple moved to California. Following his honorable discharge from the military, they returned to Washington where he and his late brother Gary founded G&R Logging Inc. In recognition of their years in the logging industry, the two were honored as the 2009 “Bulls of the Woods” at the annual Buckley Log Show.
He loved being in the woods, fishing, hunting and spending time with family.
He is survived by wife Sandra Friese; daughter Tonya (Jerry) Roach; three grandsons and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by brothers William Friese Jr. and Gary Friese; half-brother Eugene Kolb; half-sister Anita Chaffin; and son Terence “Terry” Friese.
A military service took place Nov. 22 at Tahoma National Cemetery. A celebration of his life is planned for 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at the VFW Hall in Enumclaw.