Gregg G. Frieden

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Gregg Gene Frieden, 55, of Elkader passed away on Thursday Jan. 28, 2021, at his home after battling lung cancer. 

Per Gregg’s last wishes, there will be no services. He wants to be remembered as the fun loving, prankster outdoors man that he was.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elkader assisted the family.

Gregg was born Aug. 18, 1965, in Manchester. He grew up in Littleport, son of Doug and Lerene (Thein) Clinton. Gregg had four siblings, Brad, Colleen, Tracy and Branch. He graduated from Central Community High School in 1983 in Elkader. Following graduation he worked at a factory in Prairie du Chien, Wis., but found his career working road construction for Fred Carlson Co. Carlson’s changed hands a few times, but Gregg stayed with the company, now called Croell, until he could no longer work in 2020.

Gregg found love in 1988, with Linda Bente and was married March 6, 1993. With this marriage Gregg stepped up to be the dad he didn’t have to be and adopted Linda’s two children, Ryan and Katie, which made their family whole.

Gregg loved nothing more than being outdoors. He was always hunting, fishing, trapping, camping or running around in the woods. You could always count on a story about how his hunting or fishing trips went, though he always liked to embellish on how many fish were caught and how big they were. Especially on the camping trips and deer camps with his brothers and family. I’m not sure anyone will ever admit the shenanigans that took place on those trips. Gregg was a “jack of all trades.” There was nothing that he couldn’t do from helping build houses, top to bottom, working on cars and trucks, building roads, woodworking, processing his own deer and so much more.

Gregg enjoyed playing cards, but you had to watch him closely as he was always trying to pull a fast one. He would never admit that he was cheating, even though everyone knew he occasionally did. Gregg always watched the Packers. He would have loved to see them pull out a win this year. But above all else, he loved his family. His kids and grandkids could always light up his face with a big smile.

Survivors include his wife, Linda, of Elkader; son, Ryan Frieden of Elkader; daughter, Katie (John) Whittle; one grandson, Carter Kline; two granddaughters, Kaylee Kline and Avery Whittle of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; mother, Lerene Clinton of Elkader; two brothers, Brad (Brenda) Frieden and Branch Clinton of Edgewood; sister, Tracy Clinton of Grimes; brother-in-law, Jeff (Lisa) Bente of Strawberry Point; sisters-in-law, Sandra Berger of Volga, Janis Rodas of Edgewood, Donna (Ron) Moore of Glen Haven, Wis., and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Gregg was preceded in death by his father; sister, Colleen Frieden; grandfather and grandmother, Loraine and Bernice Thein; mother and father-in-law, Lloyd and Kate Bente; brothers-in-law, Ed DeShaw, Dwight Rodas, Jim Berger and sister-in-law, Carol Koppes.

Condolences and memorials can be sent to his wife and son at 29615 Galaxy Rd., Elkader, Iowa 52043 or daughter at 2432 75th St. E, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076.

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