Billie Freeman

August 19, 1931 ‒ August 19, 2014

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER: Billie Freeman, 83, of Butler passed away Tuesday August 19, 2014 in Riverside Methodist Hospital.

The daughter of Jay and Inez (Thompson) Keesee, Billie was born August 19, 1931 in Somerset, Kentucky.

After moving to the Butler area and as a young lady, Billie worked for General Industries.  Later she owned and operated the Clear Fork Inn and Zed’s Drive-In.  Billie however, will be best remembered for her familiar face as head of food service at Clear Fork Ski Lodge, in Butler.

On March 5, 1968, Billie married Harry “Abe” Freeman.  Together, Billie and Harry enjoyed boating on Lake Dillon, near Zanesville.  Billie had an extensive doll collection, and enjoyed crocheting and ceramics.  She attended the former Mt. Sinai United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her children and their spouses Wayne & Pat Ousley, Russ & Lynn Ousley, and Danny Ousley all of Butler, Sharon Fulton of Butler, Kevin & Ruth Freeman of Uniontown, and Kurt & Lois Freeman of Bellville: 14 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren including Courtney Fulton and Brooklyn Kvochick; brothers and sisters-in-law Dallas and Susie Keesee of Mansfield, Bertha Lee Mitchell, Jerry Keesee, and Jane and Gary Brown all of McArther; numerous nieces nephews, and her very special pet Cockapoo-Lucy.

Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her loving husband Harry “Abe” Freeman in 2010, brothers Charlie and Robert “Jake” Keesee, and sisters Dorthea Attwood and Effie Keesee.

The Freeman family will receive friends Friday evening August 22, 2014 from 5-8 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 am.  Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Worthington Township-Butler Rescue Squad may be made through the funeral home.

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  • Wayne, Russ, and the entire Ousley families,

    So sorry to here of Billies passing. She was always a positive person who treated everyone with respect and a smile. She was a special person to me .

    May better times remembered bring a smile to your face as great memories live on in your hearts and as time helps heal the pain you know feel.

    Steve & Fran Dall and the entire Dall family.

  • To the family ~
    We are so sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Bartlett Bunch from Clear Fork Ski Resort:
    Sam, Bunny and Jillian Vance
    Greg and Diane Bartlett and family
    Frank and Elinor Bartlett

  • To the family,

    May you all find comfort in fond memories of Billie.

    We are so sorry for your loss.

    Don and Pat Reeder and Family

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Billie was one of the most special people that I have ever known. I used to work for her at the ski lodge and she was like a mother to all of us. Although I haven’t seen her in a good number of years, I still think of how she used to take care of all her workers and how much she loved her grandchildren. She will truly be missed.