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Obituaries for May 16, 2011
Robert Dee “Bob” Freeman, 65, of Baker City, died May 11, 2011, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise.
There will be a Celebration of Life service at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. A meal will be served afterward at the Family Life Center.
Bob encountered many complications from chemo and surgery of non-small cell lung cancer. He fought a valiant battle for six days.
He was born at Kingman, Kan., on July 7, 1945, to Louise Elizabeth Day and Roy Leslie Freeman. His siblings include Norma Delay, Nadine Woolard, Nancy Schnitker, and a brother, Roy Freeman, who is deceased.
Bob attended high school at Lewis, Kan. He served his country in the 120th Aviation Co. of the U.S. Army, including two years at Saigon, Vietnam.
Bob married Vicki, his wife of 42 years, at Hutchinson, Kan., on Aug. 1, 1968. Together they had a son, Jeff S. Freeman, and a daughter, Stormy D. Freeman Weaver.
He was a loving husband, wonderful father, and proud grandfather, his family members said. Bob will be greatly missed by his wife, daughter, and grandchildren.
Family time together was very important to Bob. Many hours of camping, fishing, and hunting was part of the family time as well as indoor games of every kind.
Bob never knew a stranger in his later years. He accepted Christ as his savior in 1992 and had a true heart for God, family members said. He’s always given God the credit for changing his life for the better. Bob has been very active in church ministries, giving the glory for changed lives to God.
Bob and Vicki had a special bond between them that withstood the trials of life. They were true friends as well as sweethearts and they did everything together.
Bob’s employment was varied. He especially enjoyed building log homes, based out of Victor, Mont. He also worked for the City of Baker City in the public works department and in the later years as the warehouseman. He retired after 22 years with the city in 2010.
Survivors include his wife, Vicki, of 42 years; his daughter, Stormy Weaver; and four grandchildren, Cameron, Casey, Camille and Chaz Weaver.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louise and Roy L. Freeman; and his brother Roy Freeman, Jr.; and his son, Jeff, who died on April 15, 1993, off the Oregon Coast while serving in the U.S. Navy.
Memorial contributions may be made to The American Lung Association through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.