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NAPERVILLE - Russell Lee Freeland, age 85, a resident of Naperville since 1978, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Edward Hospital in Naperville. He was born July 13, 1929 in Lawrenceburg, IN. Russ served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and went on to earn his master's degree from Butler University in Indianapolis. He was a rector Scholar at DePauw University where he also excelled playing basketball, football and baseball. He was actively involved in basketball as a player and coach and was elected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Silver Anniversary All Star Team in 1976 and later to the State of Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998. Russ had a long career with International Harvester retiring as corporate director of technical administration for Navistar International in 1986. Russ was a longtime and active member of DuPage AME Church in Lisle having served as a trustee, as well as other positions. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha Phi Fraternity, hosted a television show in Indianapolis called "Job Line", served on Vice President Hubert Humphries Task Force on Youth Motivation and was a founder of the organization known as "RAAM", Retired African American Men of DuPage County. Russ was a longtime and very active member of the Naperville Noon Lions Club, having served as President and receiving the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award for his many years of devoted and dedicated service. He is survived by his wife of nearly sixty four years, Joan Freeland nee Miles, children, Deborah Joan Homes, Mark Russell Freeland and Douglas Lee Freeland, grandchildren, Chandra Freeland Catchings and Andrew Freeland. He was preceded in death by his parents John Henry and Hulda Freeland nee Early, an infant brother and a granddaughter Christa Holmes. A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 10, 2015, 11:00 a.m. at the DuPage AME Church, 4300 Yackley Ave., Lisle, IL. Interment private. Memorials in Russ' name may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. Arrangements by the Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home and Crematory, 516 S. Washington St., Naperville, 630-355-0264.

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Published in Daily Herald on Apr. 8, 2015.
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April 16, 2015
I took a class at COD with Russell at the Naperville Campus in 2000. I appreciated his enthusiasm for learning and l enjoyed learning alongside him. He was my neighbor who I never knew other than the occasional wave but it was his smile that I will always remember. God Bless the family and I am sorry this great man is no longer among you. May he Rest in Peace and may you all be at Peace.
April 10, 2015
Mr. Freeland was a great man and a pleasure to work with. Thoughts and prayers for the family.
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