Robert J. “Bob” Friesen, 76, of St. James, was called to his eternal rest on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018

Robert J. “Bob” Friesen, 76, of St. James, was called to his eternal rest on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 at Luther Memorial Home in Madelia. A Celebration of Life Service for Robert will be 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at First Lutheran Church, St. James, with Pastor Andy Hermodson-Olsen and Pastor Matt Seegert officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. James. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Friday, Dec. 7, at the Church in St. James. Messages of Sympathy may be sent to the family on line at

Robert John Friesen was born on Oct. 3, 1942 to Benno and Adonna (Moede) Friesen in Butterfield. He graduated from St. James High School with the class of 1960. Bob started working at S-T Industries in St. James in 1961. On April 4, 1964, he was united in marriage to Sandra Wedge at St. James. Bob served in the National Guard. Bob and Sandy moved to Illinois in 1969 for Bob’s job with Rank Schuerr-Tumico and later they returned to St. James in 1979 where Bob continue working for S-T Industries until retiring as a shareholder and officer in 2014. Bob was a member of the First Lutheran Church in St. James. Bob traveled all over the world for his job, but when at home he loved working in his yard, building models, which in later years turned into a love of trains. His trains were donated to the St. James Railroad Club to be viewed as part of their display.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sandy Friesen of St. James; three daughters: Lisa (Ross) Kohn of North Mankato, Darci (Lon) DePoppe of St. James, and Renae Garcia of North Mankato; 12-grandchildren; 5-great-grandchildren; siblings: Bruce (Carol) Friesen of St. James, Barb (Bruce) Melzer of New Ulm; brother and sister-in-law, Dennis (Barb) Wedge of Hutchinson, Linda (Keith) Holte of Oklahoma; nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Benno and Adonna Friesen; parents-in-law, Everett and Minora Wedge; brother, Barry Friesen and other relatives.