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Death of Life Member Charles "Bud" Friesen, Jr.

We were saddened to learn of the passing of one of our Life Members, Bud Friesen.
He passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2016 during surgery at a hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


A man with a love for photography...
by Tom McCall

Charles Friesen, Jr. joined The Twin City Camera Club in January 1976 and on his application he put (most people call me Bud). 

Bud was active in our competitions, although he didn't compete every month, he was a snowbird and had a place in Florida where he spent the winters, when he competed over the years it was in Film Slides, Prints and Digital Slides.  Bud enjoyed competing and to give you some idea of just how good of a photographer he was, here are three (3) of his Digital entries that received Honors in our November 2016 Competition. 

"Foxglove and Dew"       "Turk's Cap"       "Setting Available"


When Bud joined TCCC he was in the printing business.  He owned and operated Vacationland Printing Company.  His love for photography blossomed into changing careers and he opened Friesen Photography, a Professional Portrait Studio, in Coloma, Michigan.  Bud was an active member of several Professional Photography Associations and won a number of awards.  Bud was always interested in learning more and he attended the Winona School of Professional Photography and many photography seminars to further his knowledge of photography.

What can I say, he was my friend.  A very special friend.  I think you always know, deep inside, how important some people are to you, they are the special ones.  Bud was one of those.  He was a kind and considerate human being.  He could be serious and discuss the issues and he told you what he thought.  He also had a humorous side that was always just under the surface, ready to appear when ever the opportunity came up.  If you paid attention you could see the mischievous twinkle in his eyes. 

Bud was a great friend to many and had several other interests.  He had his garden and loved wildflowers, you could see a lot of them in his photos.  A number of years ago, Bud started sending emails with the C.O.T.D., the Candid of the Day photo.  For those of you that were lucky enough to receive them, you had  a good look into his ability with a camera and a glimpse into just some of his  photographic interests. 

Bud had strong interest in Rail Roads and anything related to Railroading. That was something else that appeared in a lot of his photos.  We had many interesting discussions on Railroading and where the opportunities were for photos.  Bud would travel to them for photos and could tell you stories about his adventures doing it.  He always knew where the big rail yards were and talked about going to all of them.  Bud had some great Rail Road photos, this is one of my favorites, it was entered into one of our competitions in 2009.  It won Color Print of the Year for 2008 -2009 Season.

"Morning Perspective"



  I was surprised a few years ago when I learned that he was building a model Rail Road layout in his basement.  When he showed it to me and explained what he planned to do, I was amazed at just how much work on it he had already accomplished and how much more it was going to involve.  I understand Bud had another much smaller train layout in Florida.


          I've been very fortunate.  For more than 20 years, Dan Brant, Dennis Hafer and I have been getting together at least once a week to spend some time together to share thoughts, knowledge and ideas.  Trying to help each other learn and understand more about photography, Adobe Photoshop, the numerous plug-ins, the ever changing world of computing, with the occasional photography fieldtrip thrown in for good measure.  Bud joined us nearly 15 years ago and when one of us shared a new way of doing something, with a computer or a technique in Photoshop, Bud would always say "Now that was worth the price of admission."

Dan coined the term the DITT's (Digital Imaging Think Tank) and it stuck.  We all enjoy being a DITT.  If you are fortunate enough to be around us, be ready for a lot of laughter.  Also be ready to be teased, we enjoy teasing one another.  We never solved all of the worlds problems but we sure discussed enough of them.  We did solve a lot of photographic related problems, whether it was one of our own or one from friends and camera club members.  Usually something that they needed a little help on how to accomplish or correct photographically.  One thing we enjoyed was critiquing the monthly digital competition entries.  Discussing those photos is one of the ways we came up with ideas for the digital workshops.  We commented often on how much improvement we saw in the entries.  Bud always enjoyed participating in the group and we are going to miss his comments and input. 

Here's a photo of us showing our serious side, I think we were all dreaming of working around where they make Krispy Kreme doughnuts.  Think they would hire us?  Oh, not that we would eat many if we worked there. ;O)



It was Photography that brought us together but it was the bond of friendship that held us there.  Bud's gone now, we really miss him.  We miss his smiles and laughter, his wit and wisdom, we miss his presence, just being with us. 

Yes, Bud, I agree, all our years of friendship, it was definitely worth the price of admission.


We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Erna, the main love of his life and his wife of over 50 years, and to all of their family and friends. 

Bud was one of the good guys and he will be missed.


 For more photos and a look into the past:


The Herald Palladium
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 6:00 am

Charles 'Bud' Friesen

Charles "Bud" Friesen was born in Watervliet, July 18, 1937, and died at the Meijer Heart Center in Grand Rapids on Nov. 15, 2016.

He was a resident of Coloma and lived part-time in Florida.

Surviving are his wife, Erna, of 58 years; nieces: Cindy (Todd) Tarrant of Holt, Mich., Coleen Halamka of Watervliet, Marlene Bohle of Benton Harbor and Barbara "Jena" Friesen of Niles; sister-in-law, Irma Krieger of Watervliet; nephews: Paul (Leisha) Krieger of Grand Rapids, Garry (Vicki) Warman of Mentor, Ohio, Ronald (Janie) Warman of Benton Harbor, and Edward Smith of Florida; along with many great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mollie Friesen; brothers, Herbert and Lawrence Friesen; and sisters, Verna and Margaret Warman.

Bud owned and managed Vacationland Printing Company for a number of years.  He became a certified professional photographer and owned Friesen Photography in Coloma for close to 30 years.  He was a member of the following organizations: Professional Photography of America, Michigan Photographic Society, Wedding Photographers International, Senior Photographers International, Twin City Camera Club, Fruit Belt Camera Club, St. Joseph-Benton Harbor Rotary Club, Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, Mich., and volunteer photographer for Lest We Forget for World War II, Korea and Vietnam re-enactments.

Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 5, at Midway Baptist Church, 7517 Red Arrow Highway, Watervliet, with the Rev. Mark Cowell officiating.  Memorials can be made to the following: Ray of Hope Ranch and Rescue, North Berrien Senior Center, Midway Baptist Scholarship Fund or American Heart Association.

Bud was passionate about photography at the studio, travel photography and doing photography of the flowers in his garden.  Bud will be greatly missed by family and friends.  Bud crafted a legacy of beauty in photography that will keep him a part of our world.


There will be a Memorial service (No Funeral) on December 5th. at 11:00 am.
Midway Baptist Church 7517 Red Arrow Hwy, Watervliet, MI. Between Coloma and Watervliet.





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