Kenneth Howard Freeman


May 19, 1926 - August 24, 2010



Kenneth Howard Freeman was born May 19, 1926, to Earl and Hazel (Downey) Freeman, at Ashland, WI. He grew up and attended school at Ashland and graduated from Ashland High School ahead of schedule in 1944.  After receiving permission from his parents, Ken joined the U.S. Navy at 17 and fought for his country in World War II. Ken served aboard a troop landing ship in the Pacific Ocean and saw action in the Philippines and Okinawa.


On June 18, 1949, he married Joyce Nelson in Ashland. After their marriage, Ken and Joyce moved to Mitchell where Ken worked for his uncle at Tom Freeman Dodge Desoto Motor Company and later for Iverson Max Motors after the business was sold. Ken then worked for the United States Postal Service as a letter carrier for thirty-one years until his retirement in August of 1988.


Ken was a member of the First Honor Flight for World War II Veterans from South Dakota in May of 2009. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Past Commander of the Mitchell American Legion and was a member of the VFW. He was an avid waterfowler and his other past times included gardening, golfing, camping, fishing, wintering in Arizona, and cheering for the Green Bay Packers.


Ken is survived by his wife, Joyce of sixty-one years, four children: Susan (Cal) Strand, David (Kathie) Freeman, and Ron (Paula) Freeman, all of Mitchell, and Richard Freeman of Sioux Falls, six grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one sister, Beverly Searing of Waterford, WI, and one sister-in-law, Shirley Mersy of Vista, CA.  He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Gwendolyn; his parents; a daughter-in-law, Tracy Freeman; a sister-in-law, Nancy Fragomini and a brother-in-law, Bud Searing.







Friday, August 27, 2010
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, August 28, 2010
10:30 AM
First Lutheran Church
411 North Duff Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Military Graveside Rites
Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Marianne Ewing Texley on September 21, 2010
I am very sorry for your loss. Kenny was a good friend of my Dad's, Doug Ewing. I know he liked to have coffee with Kenny and solve the problems of the world! Peace, Marianne
Posted by Tracy Bailey on September 13, 2010
Richard and family,
Very sorry for your loss, you all will be in my prayers.
Posted by Gregg Brower on August 26, 2010
Ron my thought and prayers are with you and your family during this though time, Kenny was a great guy and will be missed by all that knew him.

Love Gregg
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