Bernard Allen Freeman
January 02, 1928 ‒ November 27, 2004
BUTLER: Bernard A. Freeman, 76, of West Lakeview Drive died Saturday afternoon, November 27, 2004, in Riverside Methodist Hospital following a short illness.
Mr. Freeman was born January 2, 1928 in Delaware County to Allen P. and Elizabeth Kenyon Freeman and was graduated from Orange High School with the class of 1947. He was married to Wanda Parmer Freeman on August 22, 1948.
A lifetime farmer, Bernard farmed in Delaware County until buying his family farm in 1968. He retired in 1994 and thereafter served the Amish community with taxi service until his death. He was an area pioneer in conservation activities, serving on the Board of the Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Bernard and Wanda were among the earliest members of the Clear Fork Alliance Church where he served as trustee. He came into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ in 1971 and was a member of Men for Missions, going on a personal mission trip to Haiti as a part of that ministry.
Bernard never met a stranger and was a loving grandfather and totally committed to his family. In addition to his wife of 56 years, he is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Rick and Darla Freeman of Butler, Brent and Debbie Freeman of Recife, Brazil, and Scott and Margaret Freeman of Butler; 31 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, William Kenyon and Mary Freeman of Pandora and Frank Merrill and Alberta Freeman of Beornie, Texas; and a 101 year old aunt, Helen Kobeck Freeman of Delaware County.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by an infant great grandson, Lee Jordan Freeman in 2002 and a sister, Dorothy Annabelle Peterson.
Friends may call on Tuesday, November 30, 2004 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 10:30 am in the Clear Fork Alliance Church 1008 State Route 97, Bellville. The Rev. Dr. Michael Stine will officiate. Burial will follow in North Liberty Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to Green Olive Tree Ministries – Lebenshaus Discipleship Center may be made at the funeral home and church.