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FREESE, John 1913-1973


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 12/29/2014 at 21:30:57

John Freese Dies Of Heart Attack

John R. Freese, 59, rural Eldora, died Friday afternoon, June 1 from an apparent heart attack while working on a farm tractor at his home.

Freese was backing his tractor up to the disk to hook onto it when it is believed he was stricken and fell from the vehicle. His wife noted the tractor wheel spinning and went to his aid.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, June 5 at 1 p.m. in the Doyen Funeral Home and at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church. Pastor Clarence Alexander officiated. Eldon Harms was soloist. Mrs. Eldon Harms was organist. Mrs. Don Haskin and Mrs. Mervin Baker were flower attendants. Pall bearers were Marlyn Steinfeldt, Don Haskin, Mervin Baker, Charles Crandall, Pete Rohlfsen and Delmar Magnusson. Interment was made in the cemetery adjoining the church.

John Robert Freese was taken from this life very suddenly on Friday afternoon, June 1 at his farm place southwest of Eldora. His death was attributed to an apparent heart attack. He reached the age of 59 years, 11 months and 17 days.

He was born on a farm in Grundy county, northwest of Wellsburg, on June 14, 1913, the son of Riebke and Effie (Geiken) Freese. He attended the rural school in the area. He was united in marriage to Miss Lena Harms on December 15, 1938, at the Pleasant Valley Reformed Church parsonage, rural Holland. Following their marriage they lived on a farm in Grundy county. After living on various farms in Grundy and Hardin counties, they moved to their present farm place southwest of Eldora in 1956.

They were privileged to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on December 16, 1963, with their family and friends.

John was a member of the St. Paul's Evangelical Church of Wellsburg.

Those who preceded him in death were: his mother, his step-mother, Mrs. Lena (Santeen) Freese; 2 sisters, Ruth and Rosemary and one brother, Arnold.

He leaves to mourn his passing: his wife, Lena; two daughters and 1 son: (Joyce), Mrs. Jack Nott of New Providence; JoAnn Freese at home; Jerry Freese at home; 1 granddaughter; 1 grandson; his father, Riebke Freese of Steamboat Rock; 9 brothers and sisters: (Irene), Mrs. Theodore Harms of Grundy Center; (Gladys), Mrs. Ben VanLangen of Steamboat Rock; Arthur Freese of Dike; (Esther), Mrs. Melvin Purvis of Eldora; Leroy Freese of Cedar Falls; Richard Freese of Dike; (Ethel), Mrs. Charles Rhoads of Grundy Center; (Juliette), Mrs. Robert Ugulina of Bondurant; Floyd Freese of Dike and many other relatives and friends.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 7 June 1973, pg 9


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