James R. Freese, 75, longtime resident of Ukiah passed away on Monday evening June 16, 2014 at Ukiah Valley Medical Center hospital with his wife Linda present. James was a retired international airline captain. As a boy, he built model airplanes in a backyard workshop his father had made for him. He often rode his bike across the bay bridge to reach a small airfield where he spent hours examining details of the planes. As a young man Jim was awarded to "Gold C Pin" diamonds for achieving outstanding flying in sailplanes. His family called Jim "Papa Airplane" because he was always giving the children little balsa wood sailplanes to toss up into the air and then repairing the sailplanes when they became broken. He encouraged the children to make model airplanes and was able to send some grandchildren up in airplane rides. Jim especially enjoyed taking his wife Linda to visit aviation museums in California during his retirement years. James was a protestant, being baptized in his family's Baptist Church when he was 9 years old. James is survived by his wife Linda of Ukiah upon marriage, their 24th anniversary would be this summer. Daughters Karin of Modesto, Ca. Diane of Potter Valley, Ca. Mary Ellen of Tarzana, Ca. sons James of Fresno, Ca. John of Santee, Ca. sister Mary of Santa Rosa, Ca. brother Joseph of Missouri, 11 grandchildren Chayton, Chesney, Copper and Chancelyn of Potter Valley, Ca. Kate and Nic of Modesto, Ca, Armand and Yasmine of Tarzana, Ca. Kelsey of Santee, Ca. Michele and Brandon of San Diego, Ca. 3 great grandchildren Aaliyah, Natalie and Jocelyn of San Diego. Niece and nephews Todd, Troy, Vonnie and Cathy Jo and Casey Jo. Private services were held on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Eversole Mortuary, with Pastor Mike Dobbs officiating. Burial was held at Ukiah Cemetery. In place of flowers at this time, if you are searching for a way to extend honoring the memory of Jim, his wife Linda asks that you please consider making a small donation to "The Young Eagles Flight Plan" "Your Route from Young Eagle to licensed pilot." More information can be found at: youngeagles.org/flightplan.
141 Low Gap Rd Ukiah, CA 95482
Published in Ukiah Daily Journal on June 26, 2014