Emmett Joseph Freking was born Sept. 20, 1926, on the family farm east of Le Mars, the son of Aloysius "Al" and Anna (Klontz) Freking. He graduated from St. Joseph Catholic High School in 1944.
Following high school, Emmett worked at the stockyards in Sioux City and later at the Case dealership in Le Mars.
He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. Emmett was united in marriage to Mary Ann Peters Oct. 2, 1954, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen. In 1955, they moved to a farm near Le Mars and continued to farm until retirement in 1990.
Emmett and Mary Ann spent winters in Mesa, Ariz., and summers at their lake home on Fish Hook Lake near Park Rapids, Minn. In 2000, they purchased a home in Le Mars.
Emmett enjoyed fishing, hunting, and loved to "tinker" and repair anything that needed to be fixed. He was a longtime member of St. James Catholic Church, Wasmer American Legion Post #241, and Knights of Columbus (Trinity Council #1466).
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Mary Ann, of Le Mars; two children, Jean Marie Freking, of Sacramento, Calif., and James Freking, of Mesa, Ariz.; two grandsons, David and Jonathon Freking; siblings: Everoul and Donna Freking, of Boston, Mass., Clayton Freking, of Mountain Home, Ark., Duane and Edna Freking, of Davenport, Al and Melitta Freking, of Mountain Home, Ark., Joan Siegrist, of Littleton, Colo., and Elizabeth and Merle Merritt, of 29 Palms, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Aloysius "Al" and Anna (Klontz) Freking; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Martin Sr. and Regina Peters; and brothers-in-law, Don Siegrist and Martin Jr. and his wife Arlene Peters.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. James Catholic Church with the Rev. Matt Hewitt officiating. Interment with military honors provided by the Wasmer American Legion Post #241 of Le Mars will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Thursday at the Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars with a 4 p.m. rosary followed by a 7 p.m. scriptural wake service and Knight of Columbus rosary. Visitation will continue Friday morning at the church from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
Pallbearers will be Tom Freking, Jeff Renner, Richard Peters, Gary Kessler, Bruce Kruse, and Eugene Kruse.
Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.