Rodney "Rod" Friedrich

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Rodney “Rod” Friedrich, age 67, of Alta Vista, IA passed away on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at his home with his family by his side. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at St. Paul’s Maple Leaf Church in rural Elma, IA with Pastor Dan Christensen officiating. Burial will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 PM on Monday, October 31, 2022 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma and will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral service on Tuesday. Online condolences maybe left at In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Elma EMS Building Project as this was a cause near and dear to Rod’s heart. Rodney Allen was born March 31, 1955, the youngest son of Loyd and Maxine (Laue) Friedrich. He attended and graduated from Riceville High School in 1973. While in high school, Rod met his future bride, Toni Schroeder. After completing his education, Rod began his career in farming and laid the foundation to his future business working for Dick Gebel as a plumber. He eventually branched out on his own to establish Friedrich Plumbing and Heating. Rod and Toni were united in marriage on May 13, 1983 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Together they welcomed four daughters. For the family, farming was viewed as therapy from the hectic schedules of life. Away from farm life and plumbing, Rod enjoyed fishing, camping, bowling, playing cards and heading out for a ride on his Harley. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Maple Leaf Church. Rod enjoyed being a part of the Alta Vista “Friendly Town” community and events including the centennial, the White Sidewalls, demolition derbies, 125th celebration, RAGBRAI, AV Days, fish fries, parade “pooper scooper” and 2021 co-Grand Marshall. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Toni Friedrich of Alta Vista; his daughters, Abbi Friedrich of Alta Vista, Chelsea Friedrich of Rochester, MN and Maddi Friedrich of North Liberty, IA and extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Loyd and Maxine Friedrich; his brother, Lonnie Friedrich and daughter, Leah at birth.

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  1. A truly spirited friend to all!! Thanks for your good deeds you did for the Alta Vista community through the years. You will be deeply missed. AV won’t be the same without you. RIP Rod!! Thoughts and prayers to you Toni and girls. Cherish your wonderful memories.

  2. So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. I always enjoyed talking to Rod and he will be missed by many that knew him!!

  3. This is so heartbreaking – My deepest sympathy goes out to your family. I always enjoyed my talks with Rod – there was always laughter. He will be missed. Love, Steve & Deb Fangman

  4. Thoughts and prayers to Rods family!! Alta Vista lost another great!! Rod was a man that always had wise words for anyone he met. A true alta vista legend!! May he rest in peace, and his family find peace and comfort in the days ahead.

    David, Carrie and Hayley Zweibohmer
    Denver IA

  5. Toni and family,
    So sorry to hear of Rod’s passing. May God grant you peace in the days to come.

    Sue Swancutt

  6. Toni and girls, Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during these very difficult days. Wayne and Pat Arnold

  7. Toni, Abbie, Chelsea and Maddie, we send our love and prayers. I know you will miss him forever but has to be comforting knowing he is with his Heavenly Father. Wish I was there to hug you. Wanda and Ken

  8. We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ Conway-Markham Funeral Home – Elma

  9. So sorry to hear about Rod.
    We were classmates throughout our school years in Riceville and had a lot of fun times together – most of which would not have been approved of by our parents!
    Sympathy to Toni and family.

  10. Dear Friedrich Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. From, Shannon McWilliams

  11. Dear Toni, Abbi, Chelsea and Maddi~May the merciful Lord bless and comfort youm your family, & friends. In His grip & grace~

  12. Rod was a treasured classmate and would always greet me with a smile no matter how long it was since since I last saw him. He will be missed by us all. Our sympathy and prayers to his family. 🙏

  13. Rod will truly be missed by everyone that knew him!! Fred and I are sending our sympathy to Toni and daughters. Our prayers are with you!!

  14. Sympathy to Toni and daughters. Also to Rod’s brother and sisters. He was a great guy. Lots of fun and laughs with Rod. He will surely be missed my many. Our prayers are with Rod’s family.

  15. Dear Toni,

    I was so saddened to hear of Rod’s passing. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

    With warmest regards,
    Carol Truscott

  16. Toni and girls, So very sorry to hear about Rod. My thoughts and prayers go out to you in your loss. Hugs to you.🙏

  17. Toni- I have so many great memories with Rod and your family. Rod always had a warm smile for me, he will be greatly missed. You and the girls are in my prayers. Hugs to you all. ♥️

  18. One of my earliest and favorite memories of Rod was when he played for the Acme Aces. Every time he got up to bat, all of the outfielders would head towards the fence.

  19. So sorry to hear of Rod’s passing.
    Our Heartfelt Sympathy to you Toni, Abbi, Chelsea, Maddi & Rod’s Family.
    Rod was always a Great guy along with his infectious smile & sense of humor.
    He will be deeply missed by many.
    Have many fond memories of Rod.
    Lovingly ~
    Uncle Zeke & Aunt Sharon

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