Aberdeen, SD: The funeral for Claus Henry “Hank” Freudenthal will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at the First Lutheran Church of Britton. Rev. Terrill Sorensen will officiate. Burial with Military Honors will be in the Britton Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5-7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Price Funeral Chapel of Britton.
Hank passed away Friday, June 17, 2011, at Avera-St. Luke’s Hospital of Aberdeen at the age of 78.
Claus Henry “Hank” Freudenthal was born December 3, 1932 to Henry C. and Lenore (Felix) Freudenthal on the Freudenthal family farm northwest of Britton. He attended country school and Britton High School. After receiving his education, Hank started working for his dad on the family farm. He joined the U. S. Army in January of 1954 and was station at Fort Lewis Washington and was honorably discharged January 1956.
On March 18, 1955, Hank married Janice Roehr at the First Lutheran Church in Britton. After serving in the Army he attended Perry Institute of Trade in Yakima, Washington where he took up refrigeration. After finishing trade school they moved to Mandan, North Dakota to work for Montana Dakota Utilities. He was later transferred to Bismarck, ND and worked for five years. In 1964 they were transferred to Mobridge, South Dakota. Hank worked for MDU until his retirement in April of 1995 holding various positions, such as appliance repair, meter reading, gas and utility work.
Upon retiring from MDU, Hank and Janice took various trips to Alaska, Panama Canal, Bahamas, Cancun and a Fall Foliage trip. Hank served on the Mobridge city council for ten years and was a volunteer fireman for 27 years. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Mobridge, serving as an usher and on the maintenance committee. He was also active with the Parker-Browder American Legion Post #4, serving as commander for four years, and Mobridge Senior center, as treasurer. Hank was also active with the State Wildlife Federation and Oahe Sportsman Club. While living in Aberdeen, Hank was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
For health reasons, Hank and Janice moved to Aberdeen in 2008 to receive dialysis three days a week at Avera-St Luke’s. Janice and his family are most thankful for the wonderful care he received from the staff.
Some of Hank’s favorite pastimes included fishing the Missouri River for walleye, goose hunting in Onida with his brothers as well as smelting during the springtime in Mobridge. As a youth Hank did a lot of trapping and hunting various wildlife. The biggest joys over the past couple of years for Hank and Janice were spending time making various craft items for family and friends and playing cards.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 56 years, Janice Freudenthal of Aberdeen; three daughters and their families: Susan (Mike) Roshau and children, Eric and Jill of Mobridge; Pamela Freudenthal and son, Derek of Las Vegas, NV; Angela (Todd) Garry and children, Russell, Joshua and Megan of Webster; two brothers: Gerald (Janelle) Freudenthal of Watertown, SD and Jim (Joan) Freudenthal of Aberdeen
Preceding him in death were his parents, a brother, Richard Freudenthal and a sister, Marjorie Freudenthal.