Funeral services for Lt. Col. Von W. Freeman will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints chapel, located at 1617 Shiloh Road in Tyler, with interment following at Cathedral in the Pines Memorial Park in Tyler, under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.
Lt. Col. Von W. Freeman (U.S. Army retired) of Tyler passed away on June 26, 2013.
Born to John Elmer Freeman and Annie Blanche Moore in Broadway, Lamar, Texas, in 1926, Lt. Col. Freeman served his country, his fellowman and his God to the utmost of his ability. He served in the Pacific Theater in the U.S. Navy
, attended the University of Arkansas then received a commission in the U.S. Army (Signal Corps), serving in both the Korean and Vietnam War
s, and retiring from active duty in 1971.
He met the first love of his life, and mother of their six sons, Bettye Dahnelle Adcox Freeman, at the University of Arkansas. Dahnelle predeceased him in 1995, after which he had two more significant loves, his second wife, Ramona F. Freeman, who passed away in 1998, and his most recent love, Bobye Smith Freeman.
Lt. Col Freeman spent his years after retirement in various volunteer positions in The Church of Latter Day Saints, including service as the first Stake President of the newly created Gilmer Texas Stake, and with Dahnelle on a mission at the Dallas Texas Temple.
Lt. Col. Freeman is survived by his wife Bobye; six sons and their wives, V.W. "Web" and Sandra J. Freeman (CDR, U.S. Navy retired), John E. "Ric" Freeman, Ronald C. and Wendy Freeman, of Tyler; Frank V. and Ruth Freeman, of Houston, Steven J. "Jeff" Freeman, of Keller, and Arthur Alan and Shirley Freeman, of Mesa, Ariz. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Irene and Jesse Linam, of Dekalb. His additional posterity includes 22 grandchildren and 29 great- grandchildren.
Viewing and family visitation will be at Stewart Family Funeral Home in Tyler from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 1, 2013.
In lieu of flowers, make any memorials or contributions to the
, 1301 S. Broadway, Tyler, 75701.