John R.“Jack” Freund, 78, of Cando, N.D., passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at Sanford Health in Fargo, N.D.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, September 19 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Cando, with Fr. Joseph D’Aco, celebrant. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Cando. Visitation will be at the Dunnigan-Dix Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. Visitation on Wednesday will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Military Honors will be provided by the Hal Parker Post 79 Cando American Legion and North Dakota Military Funeral Honors.
John R. (Jack) Freund was born on the family farm to George J. and Anna (Rasmussen) Freund near Cando, N.D. on February 6, 1934. He attended school with his two older brothers at the country school, Egeland West Schoolhouse. In 1942, they then started school at the Cando Public School. Upon graduation, John served in the US Army for two years with a rank of private second class. After returning from the army, he then attended St. John's University (Minn.) for a year.
Jack married Joyce Sand on June 7, 1960 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Jack and Joyce raised five children (two boys, three girls) on the farm five miles north of Cando. Their children are Patrick Freund of Cando and his children Alliana and Sean, Timothy (Barb) Freund of Brocket and their children Kayla, Tyler, Britney and great grand-daughter Christine, Natalie (Richard) Dickson of Wilton and their children Tori, Travis, Tonya and Tate, Melissa (Brad) Westphal of Williston and their children Jonathon, Anthony and Erica, and Michelle (Matthew) Neumann of Bucyrus, Ohio and their children Mackenzie, Mitchel, Melisa and Marcus.
Jack loved playing the organ, having started in the ninth grade until recently retiring in August of 2012. He has played for weddings, funerals, community concerts and many events in Cando and the surrounding cities. Jack taught Sunday school at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He worked for the FHA for many years and retired. Jack then took a job for Cando Insurance. He continued insurance work at the First State Bank. His last jobs were the Veteran's Affair Service Officer and Public Administrator. Jack was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Hal Parker Post 79 Cando American Legion.
Jack's joys in life were his wife, children, and grandchildren. He had a zest for life and loved the farm. He spent many hours outside taking care of his animals and his many flower gardens. He was a very kindhearted man, who enjoyed helping people. He joked and talked to everyone. Another enjoyment of Jack's was to bowl in leagues with his family and friends. His love for music was shared with all his children and grandchildren by either playing for their solos or just attending the many concerts they performed in. The grandchildren enjoyed having Papa Jack attend their many activities.
Page 2 of 2 - Jack is survived by his wife; children; grandchildren; great grand-child; his brothers, George T. (Gladys) Freund, Wayne (Marguerite) Freund; and his sister, Betty (Dale) Farbo, all of Cando, his sister Sr. Dominica O.S.B of St. Joseph, MN; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Robert Vernon and his sister, Sr. Rose Marie O.S.F. of Hankinson. Online guestbook is available at www.dunnigandix.com.
Dunnigan-Dix Funeral Home of Cando is in charge of arrangements.