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1/4/1923 - 2/7/2013
William Wesley Freeman was born in 1923 to Onnie and Edith Freeman and was raised in Lincoln. He had one sibling, the late Janis Ramos.
After graduating from Lincoln High School in 1940, he trained as a radio technician and worked on B-17 bombers at McClellan Air Force Base before shipping out as a civilian worker in Hawaii during World War II.
He returned to Lincoln to earn an associate's degree from Placer College. He married the late Theodora "Teddy" Windes and continued working as an electronics specialist at McClellan. The couple had five children. During the late 1950's and early 1960's, the family lived in England, France, Turkey and Spain as Wes worked on missile installations and other military projects. They returned to Lincoln and settled in the Mount Pleasant area.
His first wife passed away in 1976. He later married his wife of 35 years, Kathy. After his retirement he pursued his love of local history and archaeology, hiking local areas such as Camp Far West and Spenceville with his Jack Russell terriers. He took many photographs and made maps of early settlements and wagon trails of the pioneers.
Wes Freeman's passion for Lincoln and western Placer County's natural and historic bounty led to the co-founding of the Lincoln Area Archives. Over a lifetime of exploring he became a recognized authority on early Lincoln, its pioneers and Native American inhabitants. He photographs, maps, and research helped establish the "Archives" in 1993. When creating the Archives with fellow historians Jerry and Don Logan he organized hundreds of early photographs and kept busy with the expansion of the archives in 2012 to the Lincoln Area Archives Museum at 640 5th Street, Lincoln.
He was a lifetime member of the Placer County Historical Society and the Lincoln Area Archives Museum. Wes was also a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West and the Wheatland Historical Society.
In addition to his wife, Kathy, Wes is survived by all of his children. They are Janis Freeman of Lincoln, Mike Freeman of Portland, Oregon, Denice Hart of Crescent City, Martin Freeman of Big Pine and Meda Freeman of Santa Rosa and grandchildren Amy Freeman of Portland, Ore., Ruth Dunlop of Roseville and Grace Payne of Santa Rosa. He is also survived by Kathy's daughter Dina Short and grandchildren Ned Sullivan, Lorin Short and Brenna Waggoner. In addition he is survived by nephews Kent, Kyle, and Kris Ramos of Sacramento.
A private service will be held at Manzanita Cemetery.
Donations can be made in his name to the museum. "LAAM" P.O. Box 394 Lincoln, CA 95648
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Feb. 14, 2013