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Jerry W. Friesner

Jerry W. Friesner, 83, of Decatur, formerly of Newton and Bethany, passed away at 5:45 a.m. Tuesday December 8, 2020 in his residence with his family.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the Marrowbone Township Cemetery, Bethany. Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Hospice or the Mt Zion United Methodist Church or the Bethany United Methodist Church. Memorials may be sent to the Reed Funeral Home, P. O. Box 528, Sullivan, IL 61951. Arrangements by the Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Jerry was born May 9, 1937 in Decatur, the son of Charles J. and Beryl E. Bunton Friesner. Jerry spent forty-four years as a salesman in the agriculture field, retiring in 1999 from the Decatur- Danville Scale Company in Macon. He served on several committees with the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois and the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association. He was a member of Moose Lodge # 684 in Decatur and the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. Jerry was an avid NASCAR and Chicago Bears fan. Jerry loved helping others. He married Sandra J. McKinney on March 6, 1960 in Bethany.

Surviving are his wife Sandy of Decatur; daughters, Patti Jolene (Chris) Grant of Arthur and Lori Ann (Matt) Coleman of Marshall, Minnesota; brothers Jimmy (Roberta) Friesner of Scottsdale, Arizona and Joann Parenti of Oreana; brother-in-law Dale McKinney of Sullivan; grandchildren Jared (Jessica) Grant and Keith (Faezeh Parsa) Grant of Arthur, Joni (Jamie) Seitzer of Mankato, Minnesota, Katie (Cody) Burington of West Fargo, North Dakota and Lindsay (Derek) Thompson of Blaine, Minnesota and great grandchildren Hunter, Coye, Ryker, Briggs, Niall, Addison, Bennett, Isabelle, Nolan, Lennon and Lucy.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Dan Smith and Dr. Ben Esparaz and the many friends and relatives that assisted with Jerry’s care the last few weeks.

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