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Byron Lincoln Friend (1994)


Posted By: Mary Welty Hart (email)
Date: 9/5/2006 at 11:49:25

Winterset Madisonian, Winterset, Iowa
Wednesday, March 30, 1994


Byron Lincoln Friend, 75, of rural Winterset, died March 26, 1994 of a heart attack at the Madison County Memorial Hospital in Winterset. Services will be today, March 30, 1994 at 10:30 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Winterset. The Rev. Donald Frank will officiate and burial will be at the Winterset Cemetery. There will be a Masonic and Military graveside service.

He was born in Marshalltown, February 12, 1919 to David H. and Jennie (Winterowd) Friend. He was orphaned at an early age and was raised by his aunt and uncle. He married June Arlene Simmons on March 30, 1940 in Madison County. He was a graduate of East High School in Des Moines. He attended Coyne Radio and Electrical School, Lewis Institute of Technology, the American Television Institute, and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

He volunteered for service in World War II and became 1st Lieutenant and Communications Officer on the SS James A. Wetmore in the United States Merchant Marine. His ship was used in convoys on the North Atlantic and later participated in the invasion of Normandy.

He was adjutant of the local American Legion Post 184 at the time of his death.

He was a motion picture producer in the Chicago area for almost 35 years, and president and founder of Telecine Film Studios, Inc., in Park Ridge, Ill. His work in the motion picture field took him into every state in the union and to many foreign countries.

He served on the Board of Managers of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and as Chairman of the Chicago Section. He was a member of the National Vocational Guidance Association, the Americans Personnel and Guidance Association, and the American Vocational Asssociation, The Chicago Film Council, the Information Film Producers Association, and was a Founding Board Member of the Midwest Seminar on Film and Tape. He established a communications center at Northwestern University and taught the first classes on film production at that university.

While living in Park Ridge, Ill., he was active in the Boy Scouts of America, the Park Ridge School Board, the Methodist Church, and the Toastmasters.

He was a Master Mason, a member of Park Ridge Lodge 988 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons in Park Ridge, Ill., for over 40 years. He was a Shriner, a Noble of the Medinah Temple of Chicago, Ill., where he was proudest of the work the Shrine does to help crippled children.

He retired from Motion Pictures in 1986 and moved his family to their farm north of Winterset where he continued his lifetime of community service. He became active in politics and served as Chairman of the Republican Party of Madison County. He was a member of the Madison County Historical Society, the Ambassadors Club, and was a member of the Madison County Airport Commission. He was active in the Methodist Church of Winterset.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his aunt and uncle Mabel and Elmer Colebaugh; and two sisters.

Surviving relatives include his wife; one son, David H. Friend and wife Myong Sook of South Barrington, Ill.; one daughter, Sandra June Friend of Highland, Calif.; one sister, Vera Doyen and husband Joe of Seal Beach, Calif.; three grandchildren; and one step-grandson.

Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, April 17, 1994, page 6

Byron L. Friend, 75, a motion picture producer and founder of Telecine film studios in Park Ridge, died March 26 in Winterset, Iowa. Mr. Friend moved to Iowa from Park Ridge after he retired in 1986.

Mr. Friend worked as an engineer at both the NBC and ABC television studios in Chicago for 35 years. He later founded Telecine, which produced educational, corporate and public service films. Mr. Friend pioneered many advances in the industry and produced "Zoo Parade," the first color motion picture series for television. In 1981, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers elected him a Fellow of the society. He was named a Life Fellow in 1984. Mr. Friend also founded Vocational Films Inc., a subsidiary of Telecine, and lectured in area anniversary celebration of the Normandy invasion.

Mr. Friend is survived by his wife, June; a son, David; a daughter, Sandra; a sister; three grandchildren; and a step-grandson. Services were held in Winterset.

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