Glen Edward Freidel


October 15, 1935 - January 24, 2013


Glen Edward Freidel was born in Dimock, SD on October 15, 1935 to Edward & Hildagarde (Mattas).  Glen grew up in Ethan, SD.

After Glen graduated from Ethan High School, he moved to Lead, SD where he worked at Homestake Mine. He served in the U.S. Army at Ellsworth AFB.  He returned to the Ethan area and worked for Western Chevrolet in Mitchell, and then started working for the U.S. Postal Service. He was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Glen married the love of his life, Elaine Marie Wudel, on September 19, 1959.  They made their first home in St. Paul, MN where Glen worked at the post office.  They moved to Cottage Grove, MN and in 1971 moved back to Mitchell, SD to be near family. He became a mail carrier in Mitchell until he retired in 1990. Glen knew the neighborhood people (and dogs) and looked forward to visiting them all along his route.

Glen and Elaine have four children: Lori (Tom) Roberts of Pierre; Karen (Matt) Heck of Black Hawk; Mark (Lisa) Freidel of Kansas City, MO and Craig (Brenda) Freidel of Mitchell. He is also survived by his beloved grand kids, Chad, Brandon & Derek Schreiner, Kyle, Samantha & Adam Heck, Eddie & Ethan Freidel, and Allysa & Logan Freidel. He is also survived by his sisters Bonnie Cronkite of Omaha, NE, Joanne Ingram of Polson, MT, and his little brother, Keith of Oacoma, SD.  While in hospice care at Dougherty House in Sioux Falls, Glen's sister Jane McCarthy of San Diego entered into hospice care after a long battle with cancer.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews who lovingly called him their favorite uncle. 

We are all blessed to be part of Glen's family and to have known his unusual sense of humor.  He left us a legacy of being able to have fun, enjoy being together and especially to laugh.  Glen loved golfing, Nascar, listening to Johnny Cash, garage-saling, and was even adventurous enough to go on a river raft trip with all the guys on their "man trip" they took to Montana the summer of 2011. We think he will be running heaven's pawn shop and have the biggest shed filled with all his treasures.

Glen was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and sister, Shirley Wermers.


Donations to the Lewy Body Dementia Association in his name would be appreciated.  You can donate online at or mailing it to LBDA 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W. Lilburn, GA 30047.


Thank you to the staff at Prairie View Care Center in Woonsocket for taking such good care of Glen.  The family would also like to thank the staff at Dougherty House in Sioux Falls.  Donations would also be appreciated in his name.  You can donate online at Or mail it to Dougherty House at 4509 Prince of Peace Place in Sioux Falls SD 57103.


Monday, January 28, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Tuesday, January 29, 2013
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 North Kimball Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Military Graveside Service
American Legion Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

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Posted by Midge on April 4, 2013
Such a deep aneswr! GD&RVVF
Posted by Penny Hohbach on January 28, 2013
Craig, so sorry to read about the passing of your dad. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Pam Stransky on January 28, 2013
Craig and Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your family member. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Kyle Wermers on January 27, 2013
I can remember Glenny teaching me to play cards so I could play 31 for quarters with Grandma Shirley, Grandma Hilda, and Fran. He taught me to play cribbage also. I'd hurry down to the bar when I knew he was coming. I'm gonna miss him. But I am thankful my wife got to know him and that he was able to see my daughter. He was a man with a contagious smile and a laugh that I will always remember when I think about him. We will see you again someday Fu Manchu.
Posted by Judy Horstman Miiller on January 27, 2013
Lori, I was so shocked to read of your dad's passing. I did not realize that he was so sick and in hospice care. I wiil raise you and your family up in prayer, along with your father. He is now at peace, Lori. Cherish all the pictures and memories you have with him. May God bless and embrace each of you and help you through the months ahead.
Posted by Rod A. Cronkhite on January 27, 2013
We will all miss Glen. I can't remeber ever having a bad time with him, he was so much fun to be around. Hope you happy and still smiling.
Posted by Randy & Shirley Basting on January 27, 2013
I had the privilege meet and get to know Glen through his little brother Keith. Keith & I worked together in the SDARNG in Chamberlain. The disease finially took Glen but he still lives in the hearts and minds of all who knew him. GOD BLESS!
Posted by Jeff,Shawna,Hayley,and Chloe McCarthy on January 27, 2013
It's been so long since I have seen uncle Glenny. I am happy to be able to remember him when he was healthy and always such a happy,loving person. He reminded me so much of Grampa Eddie. I only wish that my kids would have been able to meet him someday,to see what a great person he was.I know that uncle Glenny is preparing to take Mom in his arms very soon. RIP uncle Glenny-
Posted by Greg, Gina, Bryan and Jayden McCarthy on January 27, 2013
Uncle Glenny was a wonderful man, and will be missed dearly. I will never forget his glowing smile and loving personality. I never heard Glen say a mean thing in all the years I knew him. I wish we could all be more like him. I thank Heaven for the opportunity to travel back to visit in 2007, where Gina and the boys had the chance to finally meet Glen and the whole family. The boys even got to play a game of pool with him, and I'm sure they will always remember that. We will miss you so much, Glen, but we will have comfort in knowing that you are no longer in pain, and can laugh and smile like you always loved to do.

Greg, Gina. Bryan, and Jayden.
Posted by Jim & Jane McCarthy on January 27, 2013
On our trips to South Dakota was always so much fun to see Glen. I looked forward to our golf games, riding in the car to a sale and enjoying a drink and burger at the bar. Janie loves her big brother so much and we're just glad to know that he has finally found peace after such a devastating disease robbed him of enjoying life as he did. Hoping he's looking over his little sister and will show her the way to peace.
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