SIDNEY GEORGE FREITAG

s-freitag-webphoto.jpgSidney Freitag, of Sauk Rapids, formerly of Braham and Cambridge, passed away on Thursday, December 4, 2008 at the Good Shepard Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. He was 83 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE 11:00 am Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at the Cambridge United Methodist Church with Pastor Dale Cope officiating. VISITATION 5-7 pm Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham, and 1 hour prior to the service at church. INTERMENT will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Little Falls, MN.

Sidney George Freitag passed away on Dec. 4, 2008 at the age of 83 at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Sauk Rapids, MN.
Sid was born June 6, 1925 in Sherburne, MN to William and Bernice (Drager) Freitag. Sid attended Fairmont High School where he met his sweetheart, Lavon Chase, in 9th grade. Sid and Lavon were married Oct. 20, 1944 in Fairmont, while Sid was in the military.
Sid entered military service as an aviation cadet and graduated as 2nd Lieutenant in 1945 at Enid Air Force Base in Oklahoma. In Feb. 1946 he was assigned to Wiesbaden Germany where he flew VIPs to their destinations in Europe. He returned home in the active reserve and in 1953 was called to duty at Gary Air Force Base in Texas as a flight instructor to train officers returning from the Korean War. In 1955 he became active in the National Guard in Minneapolis. He served for a time as commander of the 47th Aviation Battalion in Minneapolis and Camp Ripley. He received several honors, including the Medal for Merit, which was presented by Gov. Wendell Anderson. Sid compiled 43 years of military service, retiring as Lieutenant Colonel.
In addition to military service, Sid was a flight instructor at airports in Sherburne, Fairmont, St. Cloud, and was instructor and manager of Mora Airport. In 1950 he purchased land and farmed near Braham, MN for 41 years. He also did crop dusting out of the Mora Airport. In 1959 Sid enrolled at St. Cloud Teachers College and earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in education and a superintendent’s certificate, while being active in the ROTC as the regional contact person. He was a teacher, principal, and elementary coordinator in the Cambridge School District over 25 years. He also coordinated and supervised student teachers through St. Cloud State University. He retired from education in 1986.
Throughout his life Sid was involved in many organizations at regional, state, and national levels. Examples include various local educational organizations, Special Olympics, the Family Violence Committee, Isanti County Board of Foster Grandparents, MN School Volunteer Assoc., the Regional Human Services Center in Cambridge, and the Braham City Council. At the state level he was past president of the MN Association for Teacher Education and the MN Principals Association, Central Division. On the national level, he served on the Association for Teacher Education Commission on Rural Education. May 22, 1986 was proclaimed “Sid Freitag Day” in Isanti County in appreciation for his varied services to and within the county.
In retirement he started a photography framing business at his home in Braham and had many hobbies, including RV travel, flower gardening, lawn chair macram, wood burning, hunting, and fishing.
Sid once said, “My whole life has been based on duty, honor, and country.” He was fond of a quote by Vince Lombardi – “No one can ever reach perfection, but you have to chase perfection to reach excellence,” and “Life itself cannot give you joy unless you will it. Life just gives you time and space and it is up to you to fill it.” (Anonymous). These quotes exemplify his outstanding character and accomplishments.
Sid was preceded in death by his parents and eldest grandson, Thomas Alan Freitag. He is survived by his wife, Lavon; brother Willis Freitag of Fairmont, MN; sister Maxine McConnell of East Chain, MN; three children, Judy (Freitag) Bizjak, of Manassas, VA; Sharon (Freitag) Selensky of St. Joseph, MN; and Dan Freitag, of Princeton MN; six grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren
A funeral service was held at 11 am on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at the Cambridge United Methodist Church with Pastor Dale Cope presiding. Casketbearers were Scott Lucht, Dan Ecklund, David Larson, Charles Niles, Roger Downing, and Kenneth Thielen. Interment will be on Thursday, Dec. 11th at 2pm at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. Arrangements are with the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham.

2 guestbook entries for SIDNEY GEORGE FREITAG

  1. Jennifer Bartlett December 9, 2008 at 1:21 pm #

    Grandpa,
    You have always been MY pride and joy. You always made me believe in myself and that anything is possible.
    I love you and miss you.
    Until we meet again,
    Jenn

  2. Mike Bobo February 13, 2009 at 7:39 pm #

    Dan, Judy, and Sherrie.. Please accept my sympathy. I remember my first airplane ride was with your dad when I was part of Cub Scout pack 230. It was a memerable experience. I was always impressed that he was a pilot, and a member of the military.

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