Jack Fries

February 24, 1948 ~ February 11, 2022 (age 73)

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The Funeral Service for Jack Fries, 73, Ipswich, will be at 10:30am, Friday February 18, 2022. The service will be at the United Church of Christ, Ipswich, SD, with Pastor Tim Fugman officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00pm to 8:00pm Thursday February 17, at Leonard-Gramm Funeral Home, Ipswich. Jack passed away peacefully at his residence on Friday, February 11, 2022; after a five-month battle with cancer.

Jack Fries was born on February 24, 1948, to Henry and Charity (Eide) Fries in Scranton, ND. This is the area where he grew up and attended school, graduating with the Class of 1967. While in high school he was an all-around athlete lettering in football, basketball, and track. Jack met his soulmate Shirley Holland, and the two were married on February 12, 1971. Through this union Jack was blessed to become a father to Shirley’s four children, Brenda, Jon, Marvin, and Todd. Together they would have three more children Terence, Tamra, and Tracy; as well as adopted daughter Summer. Jack loved raising and being a part of all his children’s lives.  The couple continued to foster children for 25 years.

Jack worked various jobs over his lifetime and was a true “jack of all trades”; and led many projects, up until his death. He was most recently employed at Runnings in Aberdeen. This was a true passion for him, he loved helping customers and made many new friendships along the way. Jack was referred to the white-haired guy in electrical and plumbing. He was dedicated to his wife and family but could always be counted on in the community to lend a hand to anyone.

Jack enjoyed playing golf, going to the lake, spending time with family, drinking coffee, tinkering, and visiting with everyone. He faithfully followed local sporting events in Ipswich and Aberdeen and was a fan of the Green Bay Packers.

Grateful for having shared Jack’s life are his sons: Jon (Mary) Rose, Falcon CO, Marvin Rose, Aberdeen SD, Terence Fries, Aberdeen SD; daughters: Brenda (Dennis) Joy, Aberdeen SD, Tamra (Troy) Peschong, Milbank SD, Tracy (Jeromy) Loken, Ipswich SD, Summer Fries (Alan Himanga), Frederick SD; brothers: Roy Fries, MI, James (Tina) Fries, MI, William (Lorraine) Fries, AZ; sister: Beverly (William) Kauffman, WI; sister-in law: Kay Fries, ND; grandchildren: Natasha (Ron) Hinman, Andrea (Zane) Riggins, Justin Rose (Tiffany Selinsky), Josh Rose, Sarah Rose (Tyler Schwartz), Deardra (Lon) Hearnen, Brandon (Audrey) Peschong, Presley Peschong (Connor Roberts), Jersey Peschong, Taylor Loken (Trenton Steger), Sydney Loken (Michael Kraft), Ashton Loken, Rasmus Loken, Bentley Knudsen, Henry Knudsen; and great-grandchildren: Levi, Dane, River, Piper, Rayna, Owen, Hayden, Emalyn, and four additional great-grandchildren on the way.

He was preceded in death by his late wife of 40 years: Shirley Fries; son: Todd Rose; parents: Henry and Charity Fries; brothers: Richard, Teddy, Tom; and sisters: Dorothy, Ethel and Jane.

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Funeral Service


February 17, 2022

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Leonard-Gramm Funeral Home
720 N. 6th Street
Ipswich, SD 57451

Funeral Service
February 18, 2022

10:30 AM
United Church of Christ (Ipswich, South Dakota)
221 4th Street
Ipswich, SD 57451

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