Donald Freeman, 78, of Battle LakePublished 10:15am Friday, November 23, 2012 Updated 12:32pm Friday, November 23, 2012
Donald Mervin Freeman was born on February 4, 1934 in Perham, the son of Dudley and Erna (Lange) Freeman. He was baptized and confirmed in the Maine Presbyterian Church. He attended the Amor School then the Battle Lake High School, graduating in 1952.
Donald and Doris May Clauson were married on June 30, 1956 in International Falls. After their marriage, they lived in Battle Lake. Don served from January 1957 to January 1959 with the U.S. Army, stationed in Washington and then Ft. Sill in Oklahoma. While in the Army, he played on the Army Baseball Team. After his discharge, they returned to Battle Lake where he was employed with Hall’s Hardware, Consumers Oil Co, Battle Lake Electric, and then started Freeman Electric, operating his business until his retirement. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church, had belonged to the Battle Lake Lions Club, Lake Country Honkers Barbershop Chorus, Battle Lake Snowmobile Club, Battle Lake Fire Department and the Lakers Baseball Team. Don enjoyed trapping, hunting, fishing, and was a Minnesota Vikings and Twins fan. Besides his love of baseball as a player and a fan, he loved music in general and was always singing and humming. Donnie was a family man who loved his family and kids.
He is survived by his wife, Doris May; five children and families, David (Mary) Freeman, Daniel (Alyssa), Amy and Mason of Staples, Susan Nelson, Samuel and James of Battle Lake, Deb (Bill) Bartholomay, KyLee and Kalli of Comstock, Jon (Belinda) Freeman, Emilee and Zane of Detroit Lakes and Cindy (Bryan) Kramer, Ben and Hannah of Minot, ND; one sister, Darlene (Bill) Secord of Coon Rapids; one brother, Ken (Sharon) Freeman of Minnesota and by numerous relatives and friends. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Dudley and Erna Freeman and by one sister, Betty Jorve.
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Funeral Service: 1 pm Saturday, November 24, 2012 at the First Lutheran Church in Battle Lake
Visitation: One hour prior to the service
Clergy: Reverend Jake Dyrhaug
Military Honors: Battle Lake Veterans Organization
Interment: Silent Vale Cemetery, Maine Township
Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson of Battle Lake