Daniel (Dan) Joseph Frieden was born the youngest son of Joseph and Mildred Frieden on February 15, 1953, in Hardtner, Kansas. He passed away at his family home in Kiowa, Kansas on April 18, 2022.
Dan graduated from Burlington Public Schools in 1971 where he was a member of the basketball team. He then went on to graduate with honors from the OSU-Okmulgee auto mechanic program in August of 1973.
After graduating, Dan worked for John Deere Tractor in Kiowa, Kansas until he purchased his grandfather’s filling station in Hazelton, Kansas.
In 1980, Dan married Pamela Johnson of Alva, Oklahoma and they made their home in Hazelton, Kansas. To this union, three sons were born: Cody, Kelly, and Bret. In 1983, they moved to Alva where Dan worked at a parts store called Green Light Auto. Dan enjoyed playing and umpiring softball - which began his officiating career. Dan was also worship leader at the Alva Friends Church.
In 1988, the family relocated to Ponca City where he transferred with Green Light Auto. To help the family, he acquired a part time job delivering pizza with Domino’s. In 1993, the family relocated again to Stillwater for better opportunities. This is where the family would call their home.
While in Stillwater, Dan worked several odd jobs to support his family. He worked in parts, custodial services, food services, motor services, maintenance, and officiating; but officiating was Dan’s greatest passion up until the day of his passing.
Dan will be remembered by those on the field, coaches and players alike. Dan was always friendly to everyone and loved to see the good in people. He never knew a stranger, made anyone feel welcome, had an infectious laugh that was unforgettable, and would help anyone in time of need.
Survivors include his sons, Cody (Brettina) Frieden, Kelly (Tiffany) Frieden, Bret (Baillie) Frieden; grandchildren, Ashley Freeman, Franchel (Johnny) Moran, Brittany (Dylon) Hale, Olivia Frieden, Audrey Frieden; great grandchildren, Shamiah Freeman, Adreyana Freeman, Destiny Freeman, Kyrhee Johnson, Darrion Thomas, Calleigh Freeman, Rhaegar Moran, Alexander Cox, Lendyn Freeman, Parker Hale; mother, Mildred of Kiowa; siblings, David Frieden (MJ), Janice (Jeff) Bahr; former wife, Pam Frieden; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of family and friends.
On May 13, 2022 at 3:00 p.m., there will be a memorial service at Life Church, 1917 N. Country Club Road, Stillwater, Oklahoma. On June 4, 2022 at 10:30 a.m., there will be a memorial service at Lanman Funeral Home, Inc., 204 N. 7th Street, Kiowa, Kansas. Then Dan will be laid to rest at the Apostolic Christian Cemetery near Burlington, Oklahoma.
Kiowa arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa. www.lanmanmemorials.com Facebook: Lanman Funeral Home Inc.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital through the funeral home.