Charles Donald ‘Don’ DeFriese


Charles Donald 'Don' Defriese

Charles Donald “Don” DeFriese passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, at his residence.

He was born to the late Charles and Juanita Colbaugh DeFriese on March 18, 1938.

He was a retired truck driver, a veteran of the U.S. Army, and an avid horseman. He was the former farrier for the Mounted Bureau of the Detroit Police Dept. He was a member of Center Point Baptist Church. He was a great storyteller and enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Billy Jo DeFriese; and brothers, Calvin, Jerry and Larry DeFriese.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 51 years, Evelyn Corvin DeFriese; children, Charles “Chuck” DeFriese (Sandy) and Marta “Dee” Cogdill (Eddie); grandchildren, Christopher (Ginger) DeFriese, Travis (Katy) DeFriese, Elizabeth DeFriese, Lindsay Cogdill and Hayden Cogdill; great-grandchildren, Eli, Jacob, Bram, Gabby, Boone, Parker and Jack DeFriese; sister, Barbara Sue Lines; brothers, Arvel DeFriese, Fred (Johnnie) DeFriese and Tony (Kathleen) DeFriese; sister-in-law, Brenda DeFriese; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will have a private viewing today, Dec. 20, 2017, at 5 p.m., and a visitation and memorial service for family and friends on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a memorial to begin at 7 p.m. at Companion Funeral Home.

You are invited to share a personal memory of Don or your condolences with his family at his online memorial located at

Companion Funeral and Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the DeFriese family with these arrangements.


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