William "Bill" Joseph Freese Jr.
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SHELBY: William "Bill" Joseph Freese, Jr., age 95, died Friday, October 18, 2013 at Crestwood Care Center.
Born August 26, 1918, the youngest of six children to William Joseph Freese Sr. and Cora Sue (Mott), Bill was a lifelong resident of Shelby. As a young man he was an avid outdoorsman and held many jobs before enlisting in the U.S. Army on October 27, 1941. He served in General Patton's Third Army with an antiaircraft unit as part of the 7th Field Artillery Battalion in the European Theater of Operations. He was present for the important battle at Remagen and helped to hold the besieged Ludendorff Bridge on the Rhine River. Bill was promoted to Mess Sergeant and supervised eight enlisted men performing various duties connected with a battery mess hall. General Eisenhower once passed through camp and requested a special steak dinner from Bill, which he was able to provide despite short rations. He received his honorable discharge on May 8, 1946, whereupon he returned to Shelby and met his future wife Marjorie, whom he married on December 6, 1947. He took a job at Carton Service Inc., where he was employed from 1949-1982. He was a member of the Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish his entire life, as well as the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus. Bill's hobbies included gardening, bowling, horseshoes, camping and his daily drives around Shelby and the surrounding area visiting family and friends. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a devoted fan of the Cleveland Indians, Browns and Cavaliers, the Ohio State Buckeyes, and he rarely missed a Shelby football or basketball game during his healthy years.
He is survived by daughters, Linda Lou (Dennis) Burkett of Bluffton, SC and Trudi Ann (Barry) Britt of Shelby; six grandchildren, Christopher (Amber) Burkett, Matthew Burkett, Amanda (Thom) Lamb, Natalie (Mike) Lantz, Cody (Laura) Britt, and Joni (Andy) Parks; fourteen great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marjorie Ann (Ellis) Freese, to whom he was married fifty years; two brothers and three sisters.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday October 23, 2013 at the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Father James Sanford will officiate, followed by a burial with Military Honors at the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the Barkdull Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4-7 PM with the Rosary being recited at 7:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church or to the St. Mary Catholic School Endowment Fund.
On line condolences may be made at www.barkdullfuneralhome.com.
Published in the News Journal on Oct. 21, 2013