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Brian Friend

veteranOct 28th, 1960 - Jun 4th, 2024

Visitation: 1-3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora

Funeral Ceremony: 3 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.  Military Funeral Honors will be presented at the beginning of the ceremony.



      Brian Keith Friend, age 63, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Tuesday morning, June 4, 2024.

      He was born October 28, 1960, in Fairfield, the son of Miles W. and Barbara A. (Lowe) Friend.  He was united in marriage to Ann on November 7, 1987, in Mill Shoals, and together they have shared 36 wedding anniversaries.

      Brian served in the US Navy for 13 years, serving as a submariner on the USS Narwhal.  He earned his master’s degree and had sold insurance for Farmers Insurance since 2016.  He enjoyed reading, listening to audio books and podcasts, collecting his grandkids artwork, and music of all kinds.  Brian was a wealth of knowledge, always there to help kids with homework and be an encouraging light, especially when it came to education.

      He is survived by his wife: Ann Friend; children: Megan, Courtney (Grant), and Cassandra (Kyle); grandchildren: Jillian and Gabriel; parents: Miles and Barbara Friend; a sister: Tamara Bruce; a brother: Berry Friend; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

      A visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Military funeral honors will be presented at 3 p.m. with a funeral ceremony to follow.  Memorial donations are suggested to the family to assist with final expenses, and these will be accepted through the funeral home.  To shares a condolence or memory, visit:   


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Trudy Zimmerman Stanford

June 5th

I am sorry to hear of the loss of Brian . I met Brian when he purchased my insurance book of business at that the very same office he was still at ...Farmers Insurance in Flora W.N. Ave. R.I.P. Brian.


June 5th

He was a good friend to me. Helped me out at work when I needed it. RIP.....


June 5th

Sorry for your loss

Carolyn Perry

June 5th

So sorry to hear about Brian. I worked with him years ago at Hella.

Steve and Ruthie Welty

June 6th

Prayers and hugs Ann. Sending our condolences

JR Trantow

June 6th

Fair Winds and Following Seas Brother It was an honor to have served with you, you always had a smile no matter the task. You left great memories to everyone on the boat. You will be missed. My condolences to the family...

Stewart and Donna Griffith

June 6th

So sorry for your loss. Brian was our insurance provider we talked to him often ,he was always a good help pleasant to talk too.

Larry Euzarraga

June 6th

Rest In Peace my friend! You were the best of the best? You never said NO and you gave your all! And always had a smile! You will be missed and you changed so many lives. USS Narwhal Brother 🇺🇸

Gina Martin

June 6th

Brian had been our agent for many years and was always able to be a "Friend". We always found plenty to talk about and compared notes on Wayne Co. Im so very sorry for the family's loss and many prayers as they continue on.

Sherry Porter

June 6th

My sincere condolences to the family. I worked with Brian many years at Hella.


June 6th

Till we meet again ole buddy.

Audrey (Dozier) Lemke

June 7th

My condolences to Miles, Barbara, Tammy, Berry and the rest. I am sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

Jim Sandman

June 7th

Dear Ann, family and friends of Brian, On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans, we offer our sincere condolences at Brian´s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are always saddened whenever a fellow "Bubblehead" departs on Eternal Patrol. He served with honor on the USS Narwhal SSN-671 and USS Benjamin Franklin SSBN-640. To our "Brother-of-the-Phin" we say, "Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch. Fair Winds and Following Seas." Thank you for your service to our country. Ann and family... "may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you." 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (ESV). Jim Sandman, FTC(SS) Ret, National Chaplain, USSVI.

Dana Hosick

June 7th

To Brian's family and close friends, my sincere sympathy. Though I hadn't seen Brian for many years, I worked with him from 94-2001 at Hella. He was always a good friend, always helpful and always kind. May he rest in peace and God be with those he loved.

Ann Friend

June 19th

Brian, you were my whole world and I miss you every single day. I will always miss you. Even though it is never going to be the same again, I still have all the memories of us together and you can't buy that anywhere.



Larry Frost
Rick and Trudy Stanford
Gene Downing (USS Narwhal Shipmate)
Lisa Stanley
Les ODell
Charlotte Dulaney
Carolyn Perry
Randy & Lisa Hargis
Joshua Ferguson
Lowell & Brenda K Showalters
Artdean,Angelia Warren &family
Dennis & Paula Frutiger
Stewart and Donna Griffith
Larry and Sue Kramer
Cassandra Friend
Rod & Jonah Carpenter
Vince and Linda Vandyke
Rod Carpenter
Carla Eastberg
Donald and Robin Brooks
Daniel and April
Micheal W & Kristal G Engelmeier
Tammy and Rich Wyman
David Bryden
Debbie Casell
Nancy A, Thompson
Carolyn Martin
Teresa Martin
Bruce Drawdy
Sherry & Ashley Porter
Mark &Karen Jones
Dallas & Heather Durre
Shavonna Jenkins
Mike and Sharon Gray
Brenda Bullard
Norman and Shirley Fry Workman
Donald Fry / Sheery Evilsizer
Doug and Kelly Hemrich
Bud & Linda Martin
Wayne Eastin & Diane Johnson
Ann Friend
Jan Gooch
Sue Williams
Dana Hosick
Chip and Tammy Venable
James West an Mary
Karen and Joe Anderson


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