Gary Lee Freeman(1938 - 2012)

Gary Lee Freeman

Pleasant Hill

Gary Freeman, 74, passed away on Thursday, December 27, 2012 from complications due to heart and kidney problems at Mercy Hospital.

Gary was born on April 3, 1938 in Des Moines to Harry and Leona Freeman. He was employed as a machinist for 43 ½ years by John Deere until his retirement in 1999. Gary was also a retiree of the UAW Local 450. He was a member of Ivy Centennial UMC and Masonic Faithful Lodge #448 in Runnells. Gary enjoyed mowing the lawn and playing on the computer.

Gary is survived by his wife of 49 ½ years, Helen; daughters, Jennifer (Karl) Southcott and Pamela (Ty) Sonagere; grandchildren, Charles and Montgomery Southcott and Jack Sonagere; sister, Marianne (Bob Jackson) Wyatt; Pat and Peggy Owens; and a host of other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held 4:30 p.m. Thursday, January 3, 2013 at Hamilton's Funeral Home, 605 Lyon Street. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, also at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed at

Funeral Home

Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon St Des Moines, IA 50309

Published in Des Moines Register on Dec. 30, 2012