The Johnson County community is mourning the loss of county supervisor, Kurt Friese. He's remembered for his love of food, politics and what his loved ones describe as "fighting for justice."
Johnson County Supervisor chairman Mike Carberry said he often attended many rallies in town, including one the day he died, standing up for transgender rights. Friese was 54. He was found dead in his home Saturday. Carberry said before being coworkers, they were friends for over 20 years, and he'll be missed.
"I miss Kurt. Everybody does. It's a huge loss for the community. It's a huge loss for his family. Kurt was only 54 years old. His daughter just got married last year. I think Kurt was looking forward to being a grandfather. He's never going to get to see his grandkids," said Carberry.
Carberry said Friese's seat will open for the time being and there's a couple options to decide how it will be filled. The auditor, treasurer and recorder could appoint someone to fill his last two years on the term, or a special election may be held.
Services will be this Saturday morning at the Englert Theatre in town. Doors open at eight. A visitation will also be Thursday at four, at the Unitarian Universalist Society.