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Lawrence Harding Freedlund


1929 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Lawrence Harding Freedlund Obituary
Freedlund, Lawrence Harding
Larry was born in the little town of Wheaton, Illinois, in 1929. He lived a charmed childhood, playing center on the high school football team (Little 7 Conference) and landing the coveted summertime job as lifeguard at the public pool in Northside Park. Onward to a couple of years at the University of Illinois and then a stint in the Army where he met two lifelong buddies. They took an R&R driving trip, heading west, when they landed in Tempe and found where they would like to finish their education. He had a long career as a darned good architect, and his work is scattered throughout the Valley. He was particularly proud of designing and building the Meditation Chapel at the Franciscan Renewal Center. Alongside his drafting board, though, Larry loved music. He was a tenor in the Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix for many years. He made seven European concert tours with that group. One memorable concert was performed in Moscow on the 4th of July, 1992, shortly after the advent of glasnost. Larry had a solo. Later he became a member of the Choralaires of Phoenix. All concerts, especially holiday concerts, were in demand and the audiences were never disappointed. It is an organization of great singers and great friends. Larry could throw a mean Super Bowl or Halloween party at his Roosevelt District bungalow. His Christmastime delivery of homemade clam chowder will be missed. He is survived by his children, Lance, Lisa and Clay; three grandchildren, Megan, Zack and Trista; two great-granddaughters, Lyra and Lexii. There are also two brothers and a sister, Carl Freedlund, Todd Freedlund and Karen Ramson; six nieces and nephews, Jeannie, John, Ben, Laura, Keith and Eric. Larry passed away on June 10th, 2016, due to natural causes. There will be no services. A reunion of the family has been held.
Published in The Arizona Republic on June 19, 2016
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