Robert L. “Bob” Friedrichs


Robert L. “Bob” Friedrichs, 89, of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, April 5, 2024, at the Galeon Community Memorial Home in Osakis.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was April 10 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. Mark Botzet officiating. Inurnment will be in the parish cemetery at a later date.

Robert Leo Friedrichs was born April 25, 1934, in Sauk Centre, to Roman and Johanna (Koch) Friedrichs. He was united in marriage to Junetta “June” Becker Sept. 6, 1958, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Belle River. Bob worked for Sauk Centre Recapping from 1957-1966. He purchased the city service station and operated it until 1968 when he founded Friedrichs Tire and Oil. Bob sold Friedrichs Tire and Oil in 1984 and started Bob’s Radiator Shop in 1986 which was located on his hobby farm. He owned and operated the shop until 1998. During these years, Bob drove Sauk Centre school bus for 30 years and, after retirement, drove Tri-CAP bus from 2000-08. Bob and June bought 150 acres which they farmed until they parceled it out and sold 20 lots.

Bob was a member St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. He enjoyed fixing old tractors, traveling, going to bluegrass music festivals, camping and spending time with family, and he loved watching his grandchildren’s sporting events.

Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, June Friedrichs of Sauk Centre; children Dennis (Cherie) Friedrichs of Las Vegas, Nevada, Julie (John) Brau of Sauk Centre, Bryon (Kris) Friedrichs of Sauk Centre and Patrick (Lynn) Friedrichs of Alexandria; six grandchildren Melissa, Michael, Emily, Whitney, Jordan (Andy) and Jay; four great-grandchildren Easton, Carson, Hudson and Reagan; and many loving relatives and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers and sisters Evelyn Bisel, Marcy Heinen, Levern Friedrichs, Arthur Friedrichs, Arlene Schmidt, Mardel Libbesmier and Richard Friedrichs.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.