FREESE, Christian J. 1902-1957
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 5/1/2016 at 21:04:51
C. J. Freese Dies Suddenly While on Trip
Christian J. Freese died suddenly of a heart attack which he suffered while at the wheel of his car, near Warsaw, Missouri, Sat. morning. With him in the car were Mrs. Freese, and four boys, members of the Ackley Chapter of the Future Farmers of America. They were returning home from the Lake of the Ozarks, where the group, with Douglas Mortenson, Vocational agriculture instructor and four other FFA boys, had enjoyed a few days' vacation. Mr. Mortenson and his boys were in another car. The party had just begun their homeward trip and were only a few miles from the lake when Mr. Freese was stricken.
Christian Johannes Freese was born in Hardin county, near Ackley, May 1, 1902, the son of John and Eka Freese. He and Edna Greve were united in marriage on December 26, 1923. For a year they lived west of Ackley, then moved to the home place where Mr. Freese was born, four and a half miles southeast of Ackley, and lived there until February, 1956, when they bought a home at 903 5th Ave. and moved into town.
Mr. Freese was a member of the Presbyterian Church all his adult life, and served faithfully as Sunday School teacher for 20 years. He was also deacon and trustee. He showed a genuine interest in young people, and was one who made much of life in general.
He is survived by his wife, Edna; five daughters, Jeanette, Mrs. Glen Shaffer, and Norma Lee, Mrs. Emery Neymeyer, of Greene; Erma Jean, Mrs. Franklin Moreland, of Costa Mesa, California, Darlene, of Ackley, and Sharon, Mrs. Ronald Sietsema of Aplington; one son, Calvin, of Ackley; two half-brothers, Ubbe Heetland of Tucson, Arizona, and Paul Heetland of Ackley; seven grandchildren, Lynette and Teresa Shaffer, Cheryl and Loren Neymeyer, Debora and Joe Moreland, and Jeffrey Sietsema and a half-sister, Mrs. Barbara Lutjens of Riverview, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, and half-sister.
Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Dayton Hultgren, were held in the First Presbyterian Church Tuesday afternoon, following prayer service for the family in the home.
Interment was in the East Friesland cemetery.
--Ackley World-Journal (Ackley, Iowa), 13 June 1957, pg 1
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