Kent Lee Freeland (1946 - 2017)

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Kent Lee Freeland, 70, of Vandalia, passed away at 12:18 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at Northside Christian Church in Vandalia, with the Revs. Carl Rhodes and Curtis Sweeney officiating. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday and one hour before services on Monday, both at the church. Memorials: Northside Christian Church or Vandalia Alumni and Friends. Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at
Mr. Freeland was born on June 10, 1946, in Vandalia, the son of Kenneth and Marcella (Funk) Freeland.
He was a 1964 graduate of Vandalia High School, where he was a three-sport athlete and was inducted into the Vandalia Hall of Fame with the 1963 undefeated Mid-State Conference champion football team. He continued his education and was a 1969 graduate of Illinois State University. He married Mary Anna "MA" Engleman on Dec. 8, 1973, in Decatur. After teaching briefly in the Chicago area, Kent and MA moved back to Vandalia, where Kent retired from teaching at VCHS and the Okaw Area Vocational Center. Kent, alongside his father and his son, Kris, also owned and operated Freeland Farms. He was a member of and deacon at Northside Christian Church, and a former president and member of the Vandalia Lions Club, also making time to serve several terms on the Sharon Township board as a trustee and supervisor.
He is survived by his wife; daughter, Katherine and her husband Dustin Brown of Vandalia; son, Kris Freeland of Vandalia; brother, Jerry Freeland of Arizona; brother-in-law, Jim Engleman of Arizona; sister-in-law, Lee Roseland of Iowa; and grandchildren, Alyssa File and Rustin Brown of Vandalia.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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Hohlt & File Funeral Home Ltd
204 North Fourth Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
(618) 283-3434
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Published in The Leader-Union from Mar. 24 to Apr. 5, 2017