Nicolaas Jacobus Friend, 79, of Sunnyside passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 8, 2008, surrounded by his family.

He was born Sept. 8, 1928 in Andijk, Holland to Klaas and Pietertje (Wagenaar) Friend. He immigrated to the United States in 1947.

He married Norma Omta in Sunnyside on June 30, 1955. They bought their Emerald Road farm in 1956 and raised various crops, including gladiolus, peonies and cherries. He also worked at the Carnation plant in Sunnyside for 22 years. He enjoyed bringing joy to others lives through the beautiful flowers that he raised. He spent countless hours keeping his farm immaculate.

He enjoyed traveling to many places throughout the world during his lifetime. He especially enjoyed keeping family contacts by attending family reunions in Holland.

In recent years he attended the First Presbyterian Church in Yakima and loved to hear the pipe organ playing hymns. He had a great appreciation for music, especially classical and baroque music. His caring nature and generosity touched the lives of many people.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Norma of Sunnyside; his son, Nicholas Friend Jr. of Grandview, daughter, Judy (Ron) Boersma of Gresham, Ore., daughter, Nanci (Jim) Campbell of Sunnyside and son, Jim Friend of Seattle; his grandchildren, the joy of his life, Brian, Michelle and Melissa Boersma of Gresham and Anikka, Reese and Natalie Campbell of Sunnyside; his brothers, Jan (Lydia) Friend of DuPont, Clarence (Joyce) Friend of Zillah and John (Karen) Friend of Outlook; and sisters, Gay Roskamp of Granger, Ann (Chris) Drenth of Aylmer, Ontario and Nancy Friend of Aurora, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Klaas and Pietertje Friend; a brother, Gerald; and brother-in-law, Herman Roskamp.

Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, July 11, 2008, from noon until 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 12, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Sunnyside Cemetery.

Those wishing to honor Nick's memory may contribute to the charity of their choice.

Those wishing to share their memories or sign Nick's on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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