Allan Louis Friedrich, age 81, went home to the Lord on July 17, 2020. He was born in Houston, Texas to Herbert "Fritz" Louis and Frankie Mae Guseman Friedrich. Allan was a graduate of the 1960 class of Texas A&M University and was a member of the Corps of Cadets. After graduation, he went to work for the International Harvester Company and married the former Margaret Diana Cooper in September 1963 while simultaneously serving with the 75th Maneuver Area Command U.S. Army Reserves from 1962-1968. He then moved his family to Edna, Texas in July of 1970 to join into partnership, in purchasing the Old Wells Company, renaming it Jackson County Equipment Company. In 1985, he became co-proprietor of Friedrich Foodfair with his wife, Margaret until 2009. In April of 1997, Allan went to work for Jackson County as the Emergency Management Director until he retired in 2018. During this time, he initiated getting grants from Homeland Security to pay for the storm shutters for the Jackson County Courthouse, the Safe Room, which resulted in the Dome at the Edna High School and the initial radios and networking equipment for the courthouse. He was an excellent grant writer who worked closely with the Jackson County Auditor on these grants. Allan was a charter member of the Edna Volunteer EMS which began in 1976 and ended in 1983. As a charter member of the Jackson County Rescue Squad in 1974, he was on the team that applied for a grant to purchase a tool called the "Jaws of Life". He donated a truck and trailer from Jackson County Equipment Company. to carry and transport the equipment to accident sites. he was also involved in the Boy Scouts Troop 138, The American Red Cross, the Mustang Squares Square Dance Club and was an usher at St. Agnes Catholic Church.
Allan is preceded in death by his parents and brother; Donald Friedrich. He is survived by his wife Margaret Diana Cooper Friedrich, son; Allan Wayne and wife Josie Salas Friedrich of Killeen, Texas, daughters; Andrea and husband Kyle Gillentine of Katy, Texas, Allison and husband James Van Antwerp, III of El Campo, Texas and Amanda Friedrich of Edna, Texas, grandchildren; Capri and Heather Friedrich, Travis Salas-Cox, Kendal Gillentine and Nicholas, Mitchell, Tyler, Andrew, Matthew and Emily Van Antwerp. He will be greatly missed by his numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and all his friends. Allan was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, cousin, and friend who was known for his kindness and his servant's heart.
A private graveside service will be held at the Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston, Texas. A memorial service, in Edna, will be scheduled in the near future. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Red Cross or personal protective equipment to local emergency rooms.
There will be a Memorial Service to honor the life of Allan Friedrich on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 10:00 am at St. Agnes Catholic Church with Father Michael Petering officiating.
Services have been entrusted to Russell Todish of Slavik Funeral Home, 209 N. Allen Street, Edna, TX 77957, 361-782-2152.
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