LAMAR-Services, including military honors, were held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Daniel Funeral Home for Jerry Lee Freeman, 73, Lamar, who died Monday evening at his home, following a short illness. Burial was in Kingspoint Cemetery, southeast of Lockwood.
Memorial contributions may be made to Barton County Hospice Compassus, in care of the funeral home.
Condolences may be shared at www.danielfuneralhome.net.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 50 years, Beverly, of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Kim Freeman, a daughter and son-in-law, Jamie and Greg Snyder and two grandchildren, Jessica Jean Freeman and Logan Daniel Freeman, all of Riverside, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Glen, Robert and Emerson Freeman; three sisters, Beulah Mae Michael, Linda Merickel and Dorothy Schick and a daughter, Jennifer Lynette Freeman.
Mr. Freeman was born Oct. 11, 1940, at Greenfield, to John and Thelma (Gipson) Freeman. After moving with his family to California in 1956, he graduated in 1959 from Redlands High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Dec. 3, 1959, serving four years aboard several aircraft carriers. He worked for General Telephone Company in Riverside for 28 years, retiring in April 1993. In February 1997 he and his wife moved to Lamar where he worked part time for the City of Lamar for two years before working full time at the Lamar City Lake for five years. He retired in November of 2005.
He was a talented woodworker, crafting a collection of antique automobiles. He will be remembered by many for the beauty of their yard and gardens embellished by the many birdhouses he built. He was an active member of Cornerstone Southern Baptist Church.
He married Beverly Jean Howie on May 5, 1964, at San Bernadino, Calif.