John W. Friedt, 56, of Decatur, passed away at 9:26 a.m. on Thursday, February 17, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born on December 12, 1954, in Adams County to Kenneth W. and Ina Jane (Adams) Friedt.
John married Mary C. Lindahl on June 29, 1974.
He is survived by his mother, Ina Jane Friedt of Decatur; his wife, Mary C. Friedt; one son, Daniel I. Friedt of Decatur; one daughter, Jennifer M. (Dustin) Godsey of Decatur; four brothers, Kenny (Alice) Friedt, Jim (Rosie) Friedt, Joe (Dee) Friedt, and Mick (Deanna) Friedt, all of Decatur; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Friedt, and his father-in-law, Allison G. Lindahl.
John worked as a district technician for the Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District for 36 years.
He was a member of the Decatur Wrestling Club. John coached wrestling at Bellmont High School and Bellmont Middle School for 36 years.
Visitation is noon-7 p.m. on Sunday, February 20, 2011, at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home in Decatur.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 21, 2011, in the gymnasium of the Adams County Service Complex in Decatur. There will be one hour of calling prior to the service.
Officiating will be Father David Voors.
Burial will take place in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery of Decatur.
Memorials may be made to the Decatur Wrestling Club or to his grandchildren’s education fund.