Justin W. Friedrich
Date: Thursday March 25, 2021
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]
Date: Friday March 26, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Chatfield Lutheran Church [ view map ]
Masking and social distancing are still required at these events.
Thursday, November 9, 1995
Date of Death:
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
25 years old
Justin W. Friedrich
Chatfield native Justin William Friedrich, 25, of Bellingham, WA, died Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in a car accident near Mount Vernon, WA.
Justin was born November 9, 1995, in Rochester, MN, to Tammy (Marshall) and Allen Friedrich and grew up in rural Chatfield. He attended Chatfield Public Schools, graduating in 2014, and participated in many extracurricular activities, including cross country, track and field, basketball and band. In 2018, Justin graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, with a degree in chemistry. While at Gustavus, he competed in track and field and cross country. Teammates and friends also knew him by his nicknames of Johnny Chatfield and Chatty, among many others.
For a summer between college years, Justin worked at his cousin’s organic farm near Mount Vernon and developed a love of agriculture and of the Pacific Northwest, especially the Cascade Mountains. After graduating from college, he moved to Bellingham and worked on area farms. At the time of his death, he was working at Viva Farms, a Burlington, WA, nonprofit organization that provides aspiring organic farmers the necessary resources and support to build successful farm businesses. His official title was Assistant Farm Manager, but depending on the day, Justin liked to adjust his title to suit the task at hand — “Pre-Apprentice Electrician” and “Adjunct Carpenter” were favorites. Farmers knew him as a jack-of-all-trades who was always happy to help with whatever they needed.
Although his years were short, Justin packed a lot into life. He studied for a semester in England, which sparked his love of travel. Justin loved the outdoors and left his footprints running and hiking on many mountain trails. He especially loved snowboarding and skiing on Mount Baker in the Cascades. In the past 2 ½ years he and his girlfriend, Amanda, went to countless concerts and enjoyed working on his van in preparation for many more travel adventures.
Justin had an infectiously enthusiastic personality that included a wry sense of humor and the trademark Justin Friedrich smile. His open-mindedness and go-with-the-flow attitude made everyone feel welcome.
Justin is survived by his parents, Tammy and Allen, of Chatfield; his maternal grandfather, Terry Rosengren, of Atlanta, GA; a sister and brother, Hannah and Noah, both of Chatfield; great-aunt and uncle Betty and Donald Friedrich of Rochester; aunts and uncles, Faye and Arthur Friedrich of Rochester, Karen and Chris Frye of Mount Vernon, and Dawn and Mark Ratgen of Rochester; cousins Amy (Jacob Slosberg) Frye of Mount Vernon, Adam (Ladia Albertson-Junkans) Frye of Snoqualmie, WA, and Emma Ratgen of Rochester; and girlfriend Amanda Bennett of Bellingham.
A celebration of life memorial was held in Mount Vernon Saturday, March 20, 2021, and attended by Justin’s immediate family and Washington relatives and friends, including many farmer friends and co-workers.
In Minnesota, visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday, March 25, 2021 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester, MN with the funeral at 1 p.m. Friday, March 26, 2021 at Chatfield Lutheran Church. Justin has been cremated, and his ashes will be spread at Mount Baker at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the National Park Conservation Association (www.npca.org).
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Before the visitation I don't think we ever met before. To be honest I don't think we'll ever meet again. I met Justin in Tae Kwon Doe. He was 4 grades below me so we wouldn't have met in school. The next time in my life was my last year at the pool which was Justin's first year as a lifeguard. He was always fun loving and outgoing. But he was also dedicated and focused. He'd take what he's doing seriously but have a blast doing it and make everyone around him enjoy themselves. That's rare in this world.
When I was a head guard I was always tougher on Justin than the rest of the rookies. I'm not tough on new people in any environment but Justin and I went way back so I had no problem being tough on him. I knew he could take it and he knew it wasn't because I didn't like him. It was because in Tar Kwon Doe I saw he always wanted to be better and by not helping him be better I would be letting him down.
Most of the time though he was doing something zany and fun. Never stopped him then. Enjoyed it a ton. Your son was an amazing person but you already knew that. His reach goes father than anyone will know and I absolutely wanted to make sure you knew that. The world was a better place with him in it and it's worse by not having him here. If a child is a reflection of their upbringing then your family's book would a best seller.
Words can never convey how sorry I am for your loss. My heart breaks for your family. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
We are so very sorry about the loss of Justin for your family. I got to know him mostly from the cross-country meets in high school. He was such an exceptional young man with kindness, humor, and he truly cared about others. He will be so missed by so many. Our prayers are with you for your hearts to heal and know he is with the Angels and God in Heaven.
Hello Tammy, Al & Family,
I don't know if you remember me but my son Thomas was a teammate of Justin at Gustavus. I know we talked several times on the sidelines at cross country and track meets. I'd like to express how sorry I am for your loss. Justin, while I only met him briefly, made an incredible impression on Tom and he considered him a good friend. He will be deeply missed by the Gustie community of friends and teammates. They are fortunate to have had in him in their lives while they did.
God bless you and your family!
Cheryl & Joe Knobbe
Justin was one of my first student mentors in college. I was incredibly nervous about college following years of bullying in highschool. Justin alleviated that. He was incredibly kind, approachable and considerate. Nothing seemed to be a "stupid question" in his eyes and his patience with me inspired me to study chemistry. I genuinely do not know what kind of student, professional, or person I'd be without his presence. I'll do my best to be welcoming to strangers in his memory. God Bless, sorry for your loss.
Deepest sympathy to the Friedrich family. Thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace during this most difficult time.
Tammi, Al, Hannah & Noah-
I have been trying to think of what to say at such a tragic moment in your lives. I was in shock when I heard the news, and still can’t believe such a beautiful soul was taken so soon. I remember taking family pictures and seeing the love that your kids have for you. I pulled you aside one time, and even asked how you do it. How can your kids be teenagers and still love you SO much?
while I was taking senior pictures of him, all he could talk about was running. He gave me so many quick lessons on how to track and cross-country worked, and he laughed how I was so amazed that he could run in his spikes!
he was always so welcoming, and always had a smile on his face. You have always been parents that I truly look up to, and your children are very lucky to have you. May you all always feel Justin‘s presence and guidance. He loves his family too much to go far.
Al, Tami, Hannah and Noah, so sorry to hear about Justin. My heart hurts for you. May thoughts and prayers are with you and God give you strength.
Tammy and family,
Tammy I hope you can feel my mom heart aching for your loss. Please know that I am sending all my love and prayers to you, Al, Hannah and Noah in hopes that it brings you some strength and comfort during this unimaginably difficult time. I remember the stay at the Drury in St. Louis and you commented on me cutting a potato to share, “you are such a mom”. We both laughed. Tammy, I can’t wait to see you and give you the biggest mom- to mom- hug, cry with you and hear more stories about your wonderful son Justin.
Love and Aloha,
Tammy, Al, Hannah and Noah. I am sincerely so sorry to hear of Justin's passing. You have been in my thoughts and prayers each day. May God bring you comfort now and in the days to come. We are here for you!
Sending an abundance of prayers and strength to Justin's family! Tammy, you are in my thoughts and prayers and I will always be here for you!
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.
We are so sorry for your loss. Justin touched many lives. We remember Justin as this energetic, always smiling young man at Cross Country. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
It was such a shock to hear of Justin's passing; it is a terrible tragedy. We remember Justin from many Chatfield High School events, mostly cross country and track meets and band concerts. He was a fine young man, and the world is certainly lesser without him. Our kids say he was "one of the good ones", always friendly and kind to everyone.
Our deepest condolences to your entire family. We cannot imagine the agony you are going through. As time passes, may your pain lessen and may you find comfort in your memories of Justin.
Our commonwealth is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power which enables him even to subject all things to himself.
Al, Tammy, Hannah, and Noah:
I am so sorry to hear of this news and have been thinking of you all frequently since hearing. This news is incredibly shocking and I cannot imagine the pain you are all going through. I grew up less than a mile away from your home as neighbors on highway 52 and moved away from Chatfield after 8th grade but remember Justin very well as the kid in our class and on the bus that was always upbeat, positive, and cracking jokes. Justin was a great person and really made the most of his short time here. He has inspired peers and community members across the country. Justin, his amazing personality, and all of his accomplishments will not be forgotten, not by his class and not by anyone he's met and worked with. Rest in peace, Justin. You will be so missed by so many.
We are so sad to hear about Justin's accident and his passing away. We will always remember watching Justin at CHS sports activities. He was a terrific athlete. We always enjoyed watching the fun times the young boys and girls, including Justin, had at the 4th of July parties at Vicki and Al's home. There are many good memories of Justine that many friends will always hold dear. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you, Al, Tammy, Hannah, and Noah. God's Blessings during this difficult time. Friends, Arthur & Marcie
Tammy and Al,
We are deeply saddened by this news. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. We'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Joan and Mike Contezac
My condolences to the Friedrich family.
Chatty was a kind, funny, and friendly teammate. He will be missed by the Gustavus XC/track community.
Love ya Chatty!! Gustavus was a better place because you were there!
Al & Tammy,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Our hearts are breaking for you. May the Lord give you the strength to get walk down this path. If you need anything, please let us know. Our deepest sympathies to you all.
John & Dawn Cole
May God give you and your family strength during these difficult days. You are in our prayers. My deepest and sincere condolences
To Al and Tammy I cannot imagine the pain of the loss of Justin for you two and also his siblings and rest of his family. Let me just begin as a classmate of Justin's I am so very sorry for your loss. He will be deeply missed by everyone throught the Chatfield community and throughout the class of 2014! Justin could put a smile on anybody's face no matter the time of day, what a person was going through, or any situation. He will always be remembered as the kid who always had a positive attitude and loved to crack people up or make them smile! His attitude towards everything he did throughout his short time here on earth was unbelievably positive! He touched many hearts and many lives. It saddens me to hear of his passing. He definitely lived an excellent life and made many memories along his way! One thing I can always say about Justin is no matter what he never judged anyone and was always there to chat with or talk with. He was one of a kind that many people have looked up to whether it was academics, music, his passion for running, and just the energy he gave off. To the family of Justin Friedrich I'm so sorry such a great young man was taken so soon but just know that the community and many people he has touched and left an impression upon will always remember Justin as a positive, bright, and amazing young man! Rest easy Freddy.
Mr. & Mrs. Friedrich, immediate and extended family,
Saddened to hear of Justin’s death. Thinking of you.
Glenn - (coworker w/ Tammy)
Friedrich family words cannot describe how sorry I am. I remember being in band with Justin, he would help anyone with anything and he was always the light in the room! The world has lost a bright and passionate soul, I am so so so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
I’m so sorry for your loss. Justin was a good man. He was the kind of person who lit up the room whenever he entered it. Funny, witty, kind, just a wonderful person that anyone would want to be around.
Tammy my deepest condolences to you and your family what a horrendous loss.
My deepest sympathy at the loss of your son. Wishing you strength, healing, comfort and peace. ❤️
My thoughts and prayers to you all. He was a wonderful person to watch grow up.
Tammy, Allen, Hannah & to the entire family-I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the accident since I heard about it at work a few days ago. My heart is absolutely shattered. There are truly no adequate words right now. I want you to know that I am thinking about you all & praying for you. May the love from family & friends help you have the courage to put one foot in front of the other as you navigate your immense grief. With my deepest condolences & love,
I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I will always remember Justin’s smile and fun sense of humor. The Walters are thing of all of you~
Such a terrible shock it was to hear of Justin's passing. He was a terrific young man with an infectious smile and kind heart. As an underclassman below Justin in high school and cross country, he was really someone I looked up. He will be remembered by many.
I can’t begin to express how sorry I am for your loss. You are all in my prayers. Sincerely Diane Bray
Very sorry to hear about the loss of Justin. Prayers to your family
Words can't convey how shocked and saddened I was by Justin's passing. Such a wonderful young man, gone way too soon. My heart and prayers are with all of you. Sending love your way.
Al & Tammy
So sorry to hear about your loss