Robert E. Frieden

Robert E. Frieden, 93, Urbana,  died at 3 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at his home.  He was born April 19, 1920 in Wabash County to Henry and Anna (Reed) Frieden.

Robert was 1939 graduate of Chester Township High School, and attended the Purdue Short Course.  He married Bonnie Marie Lauer in Wabash on Oct. 5, 1941; she died May 20, 2005.  He was a WWII US Army veteran.  Robert retired from Standard Oil, where he was an agent 33 years.  He was a member of the St. Peters United Church of Christ/Urbana Yoke Parish.  He was a charter member of the Urbana Lions Club and a member of the Urbana American Legion.  Robert was a longtime softball and baseball umpire, and enjoyed watching his kids activities.  He was a recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash.

He is survived by three children, Ronald E. (Laura) Frieden, Indianapolis, Karen (James) Wilson, Urbana, and Daniel (Louise) Frieden, Greenwood; seven grandchildren, Rev. Rodney (Sherry) Frieden, Hagerstown, Ind., Jay (Heather) Frieden, Greenwood, Amy (Shawn) Sharp, Louisville, Ky., Barbara (Bill) Webber, Linwood, Mich., Angela (Steve) Sommer, Greenfield, Danielle Vidaurre, Indianapolis, and Michelle Frieden, Greenwood; 16 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren, brother, James (Margaret) Frieden, Silver Lake.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave. Wabash with his grandson Rev. Rodney Frieden and Pastor Joe Helt officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are the Urbana Lions Club or the Urbana Volunteer Fire Department.

The memorial guest book for Robert may be signed at

Posted on 2013 Nov 14