Herman N. Friedrichsen, 103

Herman N. Friedrichsen died at the Wilton Meadows Health Care Center early Monday morning, Nov. 4. His wife of 67 years, Ruth Nelson Friedrichsen, pre-deceased him in 2004.

He was born May 2, 1910 in the Bronx, N.Y. to Frieda and Herman Friedrichsen, recent German immigrants. At an early age the family moved to Staten Island, NY. As Mr. Friedrichsen grew up he exhibited an intuitive gift and knowledge of mechanical and electrical principles. While a teenager he converted his family’s home from gas lighting to the recently arrived electric lighting. He provided transportation and spending money for himself by repairing cars and motorcycles.

At 18, Mr. Friedrichsen joined the Army National Guard Air Service Division and was assigned as an engine mechanic with the 102nd Aerial Observation Squadron based at Miller Field, Staten Island. In 1928 he flew as a mechanic in a JN-4 (Jenny) in the first flight of airplanes from New York City to Pine Camp (now Camp Drum) in Watertown, NY.

Mr. Friedrichsen worked 42 years for the Western Electric Co. in New York City, retiring in 1972. In 1978 the couple moved to their recently built retirement home at Swartswood Lake, NJ.

Upon the death of his wife Ruth in 2004, Mr. Friedrichsen moved to the home of his son Eric, in Wilton. Here he enjoyed attending Hope Evangelical Free Church.

Mr. Friedrichsen remained active, driving his car until the age of 100. After a fall, he entered the Wilton Meadows Health Care Center.

He is survived by three sons; Eric of Wilton, Kurt of Aiken, S.C., and Don of Larkspur, Colo., six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Bouton Funeral Home of Georgetown is handling the funeral arrangements. A private memorial service will be held at Hope Church and the interment will be at Ocean View Cemetery, Staten Island, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that a gift be sent to the Baleville Congregational Christian Church, 6 Church Road, Newton, NJ, 07860.