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Ted E. Friesen

Theodore Irwin "Ted E." Friesen, an important lay leader in the Canadian Mennonite community, was born on 3 July 1920 in Altona, Manitoba, Canada, the sixth of seven children of David W. Friesen and Sara (Klippenstein) Friesen. Ted married Linda "Linie" Krahn on 23 September 1945 in Altona, daughter of Peter B. Krahn (1896-1964) and Justina (Peters) Krahn (1898-1997). Ted and Linie had four children: Eric, Paul, Timothy, and Marlene, who died at birth. Ted died on 15 February 2016 in Altona, Manitoba.

Ted lived in Altona, Manitoba from birth. In 1936 he entered the family business known in 1997 as D. W. Friesen & Sons, Ltd. The business began as a general store and post office, but emerged into a large printing and wholesale stationery firm that employed over 450 persons in 1997. From 1951-1986 Ted Friesen served as Secretary-Treasurer and Vice President of D.W. Friesen & Sons. He encouraged the firm to publish the Canadian Mennonite, the first Canadian inter-Mennonite English language paper in 1953. Friesen served on the Executive Committee of Mennonite Central Committee Canada from 1964-1977 and the Executive of the Mennonite Historical Society of Canada from 1968-1996, for the last ten years as President. He also served on the Manitoba provincial counterparts of these organizations. Friesen, together with J. Winfield Fretz and Frank H. Epp, conceived the Mennonites in Canada history project.

Ted and Linie were founding members of the Altona Mennonite Church.

Author(s) Sam Steiner
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published February 2016

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