They were married Dec. 5, 1947, the anniversary of his parents, Peter and Alicia Hey Friesen, at the Little Church Around the Corner in New York City, with his sister Ann and her fiance, Andy Anderson, in attendance.
The couple has three sons, Chris Friesen of Fenton, Mo., Peter and Susie Friesen of Hannibal, Mo., and Mark and Mara Sue Friesen of Henderson, Texas; and six grandchildren.
Paul Friesen graduated from Kansas University and Columbia Teachers College in New York City. He worked in the entertainment fields of radio, television and recordings for nearly 20 years.
In 1966, the Friesens moved to Stillwater, Okla., when he joined the Oklahoma State University music faculty. He was a vocal teacher and choral director there until his retirement in 1984.