GENOA – Richard J. "Red" Freeman IV, 80, of Genoa, Ill., died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Kishwaukee Hospital, DeKalb.|
Born Oct. 7, 1932, in Sycamore, the son of Richard J. "Dick" and Petronella "Dolly" (Rhode) Freeman III, he married Georgia L. Roden on Feb. 25, 1951, in St. Charles.
Red was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the U.S. Army. He farmed in the Sycamore / Kirkland area for many years and owned and operated Sycamore Welding from 1969 to 1995, which is currently located in Genoa.
His hobbies included riding and showing horses. He enjoyed being in rodeos and calf roping. He and his wife traveled in their motor home to many cities and wintered in Arizona, with their dear friends. He also relished the time with his grandchildren, who were able to travel with him to various states.
His memberships include the DeKalb Moose and Genoa VFW.
Survivors include his wife, Georgia of Genoa; two sons, Kenneth Freeman of Sycamore and Rick Freeman of Genoa; three grandchildren, Jessica (Brian) Wynn of Chana, Jason Freeman of Gifford and Alyssa Freeman of Sycamore; four great-grandchildren, Olivia, Landon, Owen and Carter; one brother, Vernon (Theresa) Freeman of Genoa; three sisters, Juanita "Nita" (Ronald) Abbott of DeKalb, Dawn (Loren) Michaels of Savanna and Linda (Larry) Gilbreth of Sycamore; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and five siblings, Kenneth, Winnifred "Winnie," Delores "Dee," Ronald and Larry.
His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the First Baptist Church, 530 W. State St., Sycamore, with the Rev. Steve Persson officiating. Burial will be at the Elmwood Cemetery, with full military rites. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, at Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore.
Memorials can be made to the
or DeKalb County Hospice in care of Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178.
For information or to sign the online guest book, visit www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call 815-895-2833.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Sept. 5, 2013