Russell T. "Wicker" Freeman, age 58, passed away suddenly, resident of Elmhurst, Owner and President of Coyne College, Served on Board of Directors with The Imagine America Foundation, Career Colleges and Universities and the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois; Russell was actively involved in post-secondary education for over 30 years. His passion was helping others learn a skill and build up their trade. Russell was the beloved husband of Michelle, nee Konrath; devoted father of Christopher and Kyle; loving brother of Poppy (Dan) Bechtold, John Freeman and the late Posie Thompson; cherished son of the late John J. and the late Joan R. Freeman. Visitation Friday, 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, 8:15 a.m. until time of funeral 9;15 a.m. from Gibbons Funeral Home, 134 South York Road, (½ mile North of Saint Charles Road), Elmhurst. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m at Visitation Catholic Church. Interment Saint Mary Catholic Cemetery, Evergreen Park. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, please note that the family thanks all attendees in advance for their show of support, however facility capacity is limited and we request all attendees maintain social distancing, wear a mask and be respectful of the time so all have a chance to express their condolences. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association
, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231 or the Northern Illinois Food Bank, 273 Dearborn Court, Geneva, IL 60134. For funeral information please call 630-832-0018 or www.gibbonsfuneralhome.com
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Published by Chicago Tribune on Apr. 7, 2021.