In Memory of Ross D. Friedrichsen

Ross D. Friedrichsen
Ross D. Friedrichsen
Born: October 17, 1960
Died: October 25, 2020
Age: 60
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Ross D. Friedrichsen
October 17, 1960 - October 25, 2020
From: Arthur, IA

Ross D. Friedrichsen, age 60, of Arthur, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, October 25, 2020, at the Odebolt Specialty Care Center of Odebolt, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, October 31, 2020, at the St. Martin’s Catholic Church of Odebolt, Iowa. Father Joseph Dillinger will officiate. Masks are mandatory and required to attend the Funeral Service at St. Martin’s Catholic Church of Odebolt.  Committal Services will follow in Odebolt Cemetery of Odebolt, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00p.m., on Friday, October 30, 2020, at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa. Per the families wishes, masks and social distancing during Visitation are optional.  The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at

   Ross Daryl Friedrichsen was born on October 17, 1960, to Clarence and Ruby (Schultz) Friedrichsen in Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, Iowa. Ross was baptized and later confirmed in the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig, Iowa. He grew up on a farm between Kiron and Odebolt, Iowa. Ross attended school in Kiron until the third grade when he moved into the Odebolt- Arthur district where he graduated with the class of 1979. In high school Ross excelled in many sports, especially basketball where he earned many awards and held some school records.

   After high school, Ross enrolled in the mechanics program at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa. After college, Ross returned home and worked at Gronau’s full-service station before beginning a career as a mechanic with Krusenstjerna’s. He later went on to work for Case in Ida Grove, Iowa, now known as Vetter’s Equipment. During his 30 plus years working in sales Ross met many customers who have become steadfast friends.

   In 1984, Ross married Jolene (Jenness) Friedrichsen. Two children were born into this union, Casey and Devin. Ross and Jolene later parted ways.

   Throughout his life, Ross had a love for racing. During the 1980’s, he had the opportunity to race late models and sprint cars. He would pass this love of racing onto his two sons. Ross and his sons spent countless hours in the race shop to prepare for the many weekends spent racing at countless tracks. Ross also cherished all of the friendships he made at the race track along with his annual trips to Las Vegas, Nevada to watch the sprint car races with his boys. If Ross couldn’t be at a race he would have it live streamed to his TV at home. It was very rare that he would miss out on a race during the season.

   Ross also enjoyed late afternoons with his friends at the local watering holes, especially Jocks in Odebolt and the Country Pumpkin in Boyer.

   Ross was a proud father and grandfather who treasured his time spent with his family. He would talk to anyone who asked about his sons or grandchildren.

   Left to cherish his memory are his sons Casey (Rachel) Friedrichsen and Devin (Dani) Friedrichsen; grandchildren Evelyn and Sawyer Friedrichsen; mother Ruby Friedrichsen; and sister Lois (Mitch) Bengford all of Odebolt, IA; a sister-in-law Becky Friedrichsen of Wall Lake, IA; and extended family and friends.

   Ross is preceded in death by his father Clarence Friedrichsen and brother Neal Friedrichsen


10:30 a.m., Saturday
October 31, 2020
St. Martin's Catholic Church
Odebolt, Iowa


Father Joseph Dillinger


Richard Schroeder
Cole Bengford
Hayden Roeder
Larry Bielenberg
Joey Arbegast
Scott Smith


4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 30, 2020
Christensen-Van Houten 
Funeral Home
Odebolt, Iowa


"Amazing Grace"
"How Great Thou Art"
"I'm But A Stranger Here"
"On Eagle's Wings"


Odebolt Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa


Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 1:53 PM
“I am so saddened by the loss of Ross. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. My very deepest sympathies.”
- Melissa Pierce
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 1:53 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We will always remember the many fun times!!!”
- Micki Fischer
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 1:53 PM
“Sorry for your loss. Only knew your dad thru racing. Always had time to talk and had a smile on his his face. Will be missed. I’m a friend of Ryan Anderson”
- Jim Harris
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 1:53 PM
“My sincere sympathy to Ross’s family.He was a great guy and a good friend.”
- Lane Volkert
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 1:53 PM
“My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to Ross's family. May you find healing in God's Grace and memories of Ross. 🙏🙏”
- Cione Maack
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 1:53 PM
“Jo, Bart, Casey and all family of Ross.....I an so sorry for your loss. My love, thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. 🙏
Maureen Lee”
- Maureen Lee
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