Albert Friedt, 87, Kalispell, Mont. went home and was received into the loving arms of his Savior Jesus Christ, Oct. 7, 2013.
Published October 24, 2013
A memorial service was held Oct. 15 at St. Matthew’s Church in Kalispell. Burial followed at C.E. Conrad Memorial Cemetery.
Albert was born Sept. 20, 1926 in Mott, N.D. to Tillie and Anton Friedt and grew up on the farm in Mott.
He married Sarah Schaible Oct. 28, 1947. He farmed until he moved his family to Missoula, Mont. in 1956. Albert was employed at the White Pine Sash Company until 1963, and then moved to Kalispell, Mont. where he worked for the Equity Supply and Flathead County until his retirement in 1991.
He was a very hard worker and he instilled this quality in his children. Sometimes he worked three jobs at a time to provide for his family. Life on the farm was always in his heart, and for years he had a milk cow, and raised some cattle, pigs, and a large garden. But he always took time to help his neighbors and to enjoy himself too. His favorite hobby was collecting and restoring antique farm equipment. On the walls of his “man cave” shop were more than 50 all unique tractor seats that he sanded and repainted. He completely rebuilt and refurbished many antique tractors through the years. His extensive (more than 150) antique cookie jar collection was known throughout the valley, and people were always stopping by to see all of his beautifully restored treasures. Albert was a member of the LaSalle Grange and the Eagles FOE #234. He loved to dance, and for many years he “burned up the floor” at the Eagles with his dancing skills. His specialty was the polka and he was always in demand as a dancing partner. When he could no longer dance, he still continued as long as he could to go and listen to his wife, Ina, play the accordion in the band. In these latter years, Ina was his “angel nurse” at home and took excellent care of dad until he went to Edgewood Vista Nursing home this summer.
Albert married Ina Tilton in 1979 and is survived by her at the family home in Kalispell, Mont. He is also survived by his daughter, Joanne Roberts and husband, Tim of Kalispell, Mont.; granddaughter, Cammie and husband, David Kern; great-grandson, Michael of Bozeman, Mont. and grandson, Michael Wemple of Kalispell; grandsons, James and Jacob Campbell, and great-grandson Noah, all of Colorado; stepchildren, Tom and Deana Hewitt of Custer, Mont., Mick and Nancy Murphy, Edward and Lourell Tilton, Ritchie, Mont. and Leona Tilton, all of Kalispell, Mont.; seven step-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; brothers, Willie Friedt and wife Luella, of Dickinson, N. D., Darrel Friedt of Lakewood, Wash. and Henry Friedt, and wife Bertha, of Mesa, Ariz.
Albert was preceded in death by his sons, David in 1976, Raymond in 2010, and his wife, Sarah in 1978.
Buffalo Hill Funeral Home and Crematory, Kalispell, Mont. was in charge of arrangements.