Berthold "Bert" Fried
Berthold A. "Bert" Fried, 90, Sturgis, died Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Visitation will be noon until 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in Whitewood with Pastor Steve Agan officiating. Burial with military honors follows at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the Meade County Senior Center.
Bert was born on the family homestead near White Butte, South Dakota, on January 15, 1923. He attended Hooker school and helped his father on the farm. Bert was drafted into the US Army and served his country honorably through central Europe and the Rhineland where he earned the Silver Star. Following his discharge he began farming near Meadow.
On June 18, 1950 he married Mildred Rietdorf at Bison, South Dakota. The couple continued to farm for the next 46 years until retiring to Sturgis in 1996.
Bert was active in the First Presbyterian Church in Whitewood and the Meade County Senior Center in Sturgis. He was a member of the Grace Baptist Church in Bison, SD. He was the consummate tomato producer for his neighborhood and will be sorely missed.
Survivors include his wife Mildred Fried, Sturgis; two sons, James (Diane) Fried, Ridgeview, South Dakota, Thomas (Cathy) Fried, Sheridan, Wyoming; three daughters, Maxine (Dean) Fudge, Big Horn, Wyoming, Susan (Bret) Allart, Spearfish, South Dakota, Kimberly (Robert) Shannon, Dupree, South Dakota; one brother, Herbert Fried, Shadehill, South Dakota; two sisters, Lillian (Bob) Bohnet, Bismarck, North Dakota, Ruth Friez, Glendale, Arizona; 11 grandchildren, Stephania Smith, Drewn Fried, Megan Emmons, Misty Taylor, Allison Propeck, Matthew Fried, Andrew Fried, Nathan Allart, Amanda Brengle, Crystal Pistulka and Michael Shannon; also 14 great grandchildren.
Bert was preceded in death by his two brothers, Albert and Theodore; four sisters, Christine, Dorothy, Elizabeth and Bertha; and two brothers in infancy.