Memorial services will be held for Richard Freeman, 85, of Perham, on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Perham Living in Perham, with Pastor Greg Leslie officiating. Richard was laid to rest in Sunset Cemetery in Fargo, N.D.
Richard Leigh Freeman was born on November 7, 1928 in Fargo. His parents were the late Leigh and Mabel (Peterson) Freeman.
He graduated from the old Central High School in Fargo, with the class of 1946. He worked part time while attending school at the Oak Grove Grocery Store and Fargo Floral. He began working for Northwestern Bell in 1947. He started out with trimming trees and as a cable splicing helper. He then attended the company's cable splicer school in Bismarck, N.D. He was then employed as the company's district cable splicer in Jamestown, N.D. On December 30, 1949, Richard was united in marriage to Patricia Bauer in Fargo. They were transferred from Jamestown to Williston, N.D., then to Fargo where he held many positions with the company including: outside plant engineering, cable mtc., foreman and Fargo district construction supervisor. Dick retired from Northwestern Bell in 1981, after working for the company for 34-1/2 years. Besides his work, he was a certified motor vehicle driver instructor, multimedia first aid instructor, CPR instructor, and put on many sessions with area contractors, encouraging them to call for buried utility locations before digging. He was a past member of the Masonic Lodge, Gideons and very active in the Cass County Safety Counsel. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Prairie Girl Scout Counsel. He helped to start a Boy Scout troop at the First Congregational Church and was a Scout Master for years. After retiring, he continued to stay active working for Moorhead Electric and the Red River Telephone Company on a contract basis. During the Minnesota winters, Pat and Dick enjoyed visiting with their daughter, Kristin, and family in Yuma, Ariz. Their first summer home was on Lake Lida. The purchase and rebuilding of their home on Dead Lake, near Richville kept them very busy. In 1990, they permanently moved into their home. Richard served as President of the Dead Lakes Association while they lived there. In 1996, they purchased a condo in Perham, and moved to Briarwood in Perham in 2003. They enjoyed volunteer activities. Richard and Pat enjoyed playing dominoes and taught many to play after moving to Briarwood. Richard enjoyed calling Bingo and leading the games. He assisted with diabetic monthly meetings. On August 17, 2014 Richard passed away at Pine Harbor-Perham Living in Perham, at 85 years of age. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Preceding Richard in death were his parents; daughter, Katherine Carr; son-in-law, Rene Ozuna; sisters: Edna Robbins, Ethel Monson and Sister Marie Geraldine Freeman; brothers: Charles, Walter and twin brothers: Neil & Norman.
Richard is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia Freeman; daughters: Rosemary (David) Hillerson of Fargo; Peggy (Gary) Wright of Aurora, Colo.; Terri Holden of St. Cloud, Minn.; Kristin Ozuna of Yuma; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two step-granddaughters; three step-great-grandchildren; sisters: Marjorie (Edward) Schenatzki of Pelican Rapids, Minn.; Janet "Peggy" (Morris) Anderson of Hamilton, Mont.; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral Home, New York Mills.
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