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Ben Stewart Freedman


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Ben Stewart Freedman Obituary
February 28, 1924 - November 11, 2016 Ben Stewart Freedman, 92, an only child, the son of Reuben Freedman and Sara Rose (Parvin) Freedman, was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, where he attended elementary and high school. He and his outfit served in the U.S. Army in World War II as code-breakers, intercepting Nazi military 2-way radio messages, decoding them from code to German to English and then informing the Allied command of what the Germans were up to. He attended the University of Chicago and Cornell University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Hotel Management from Cornell. Ben moved to Los Angeles in 1948. For most of his career, Ben was involved in the placing of carpet, furniture, and wall coverings in hotels, casinos, and other large buildings, especially in Las Vegas. For a long time, he worked for his uncle Albert Parvin; later he branched out on his own. Ben married Jeanne Emilie Marshutz (Freedman, Benjamin) in 1951 and divorced in 1969. Jeanne remarried immediately and stayed married to Herbert Sam Benjamin Jr. until her death on January 19, 2001. Ben never remarried. Ben enjoyed playing golf, bowling, poker and blackjack, and watching all sports, especially baseball, boxing and horse racing. After his retirement, he traveled to various countries, including Greece, Switzerland, Tahiti, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macao, Malaysia, Singapore, and the island of Bali in Indonesia. Ben, a veteran, died on Veterans' Day, 2016, in Glendora, CA. He is survived by his two children, Michael Freedman and Sharon Matthews, and by his two grandsons, Kevin and Ethan Matthews. Services for Ben will be held on Sunday, November 27, 2016, at 11:00 AM at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary, 6001 West Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045. (310)641-0707, (800)576-1994, hillsidememorial.org.; location of reception will be announced at the funeral. In lieu of flowers, please donate to .
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 16, 2016
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