BERLIN - Wilbur Louis Freeman, 88, of Weston's Trailer Park, died on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on Feb. 15, 1925, in Montpelier, Vt., the son of Donald and Eleanor (Currier) Freeman.
While attending St. Michael's High School in 1944, Wilbur enlisted in the U.S. Army
and served with the 142nd Infantry Regiment and was subsequently awarded the Purple Heart
for wounds received during combat action in southern France. He was honorably discharged on May 30, 1945.
He was employed by the Barre-Montpelier Railroad from 1945, working in a number of positions, until his retirement in 1983. After his retirement from full-time employment, he worked as a part-time delivery driver for Bond Auto Parts, Fisher and S&L Auto Parts.
On June 26, 1948, he married Dorothy Farnham at St. Augustine Church. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Dot Freeman, of Berlin; one son, Robert Freeman, and wife Teresa, of Barre; three daughters, Susan and husband Greg Boyd, of Northfield, Carol and husband Terry Edwards, of Roxbury, and Jayne and husband Richard Hall, of Barre; a sister, Genevieve Potter, of White River Junction; eight grandchildren, Shara Buffington, of Enfield, N.H., Nathan Donahue, of Roxbury, Vt., Jeremy Hall, of Middle Haddam, Conn., Joshua Hall, of Montpelier, Sarah Hall, of Washington, Vt., Christopher Grandfield, of Waitsfield, Vt., Adam Freeman, of Lebanon, N.H., and Kelli Freeman, of New Boston, N.H., and 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a sister, Katherine "Kitty" Collins, and his twin brother, William Freeman.
He enjoyed camping with his family, playing cribbage, and his beloved New York Yankees. He was always eager to spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In later years after he no longer was able to drive, he enjoyed riding around the Vermont countryside with his family.
Mr. Freeman was a member of St. Augustine Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held on Monday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at Guare and Sons Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Augustine Church, 16 Barre St., Montpelier, VT 05602.
Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com