Lloyd LeRoy "Roy" Freesen, 81, of Bluffs, went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 24, 2009, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
He was born March 22, 1928, in Platteville, Colo., the son of Oscar Robert and Opal May Haus Freesen. At 8 years of age, the family moved back to the family farm near Oxville. He married Bonnie Blair at the Winchester Methodist Church on Feb. 28, 1954, and she survives.
To their union was born twins, Beverly (husband, Kirk) Reeves of Joliet and Barb Freesen (companion, Bonnie Miller) of Springfield, David Freesen (wife, Jill) of Meredosia and Linda (husband, Terry) McFarland of College Station, Texas; eight grandchildren, Kyle, Tyler, Katie, Blair, Lauren, Erin, Connor and Luke; one brother, O. Robert "Bob" (wife, Deb) Freesen of Jacksonville; and many nephews, nieces and cousins also survive, as does his beloved little dachshund, Lucy. He was preceded in death by his parents; and an older brother, David.
Roy attended grade school at Campbell Hollow School and graduated from Bluffs High School in 1945. Roy and his brother, Bob, started the dirt moving business Freesen Bros. in 1946. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953 during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany with the Army Security Agency. After his discharge from the army, he resumed his partnership in road construction with Freesen Bros., became principle in Illinois Valley Paving Co., and later Valley Improvement Construction Co., retiring in 2000.
Roy had many friends over the years and loved spending time with them. He provided very well for his family and community, and their love and appreciation provided him much joy. Roy's faith as a Christian was very important to him. He loved the Bluffs UMC where he taught a young boys Sunday school class, served in various offices of the church and for many years served as a Lay Speaker.
Roy lived a full good life with a great smile and good sense of humor. He liked to hunt, mostly for deer, and vacationed in the Florida Keys for many years and loved to fish with family and friends.
Funeral services for Lloyd LeRoy â€œRoyâ€ Freesen were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at the Bluffs United Methodist Church with Pastor Mark Doane officiating. Debbie Bicknell was pianist. Kelly and Katelin Long sang â€œThe Wind Beneath My Wings.â€ The congregation sang â€œHow Great Thou Art.â€ Pastor Doane sang â€œGod On The Mountainâ€ and played â€œI Surrender Allâ€ on the guitar. A recorded selection of â€œI Can Only Imagineâ€ was played. Lauren Reeves and Bob Freesen spoke as did several members of the congregation. Pallbearers were Tyler Freesen, Terry McFarland, Kirk Reeves, Kerry Freesen, Mark Bicknell and Craig Long. Honorary pallbearers were Connor McFarland, Lucas Reeves, Edwin Evans, Ted Grady, Ron Moreland and Wayne Kilver. Burial was at Hillcrest Cemetery near Bluffs where members of the Bluffs American Legion conducted military rites with Leland Littig, chaplain; Norris Merriman, Jerry Schmitz, Alvin Marsh and Fred Barnett, color guard; Leroy Vortman, Carl Krusa, Jim Engelbrecht, Wilbur Mathews, Galen Lovekamp, Eugene Kroencke and Danny Parker, firing squad; and Larry Engelbrecht, sergeant at arms. Kyle Freesen played â€œTaps.â€ Lucas, Blair and Lauren Reeves and Katie, Erin and Connor McFarland folded the flag. Condolences may be left at www.mackeydaws.com. Mackey Daws Funeral Home in Bluffs is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier from Apr. 25 to Apr. 27, 2009