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Donald "Don" Lee Freeman

December 1, 1935 ~ March 5, 2021 (age 85)


Donald “Don” Freeman, of Seward, was born December 1, 1935 in Milford, Nebraska to Louis and Amanda (Ficken) Freeman and was baptized December 22, 1935. Don had one brother, Virgil, who preceded him in death at the age of 17 from polio. Don was baptized on December 22, 1935 and as a teen was confirmed and was a life-long member of the Lutheran Church. Don grew up in Milford and spent his entire life in Milford and Seward, Neb. He graduated in 1952 from Milford High School and attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. On August 11, 1957 Don was united in marriage to Carol Wendland at St. John Lutheran Church in Seward, Neb. Don remained life-long friends with many of his Milford High School classmates and in retirement joined many of them for morning coffee and discussion. Don loved sports and enjoyed listening to games on the radio, watching them on TV and attending them in person. While he loved all sports, he especially loved the Chicago Cubs. Hope would spring eternal with each new season and after a drought that predated his birth, Don was finally rewarded with his Chicago Cubs winning the World Series in 2016. This was a great year as Don was known to wager lunch year after year with friends on the Cubs winning the National League Central Division and finally, after having bought many lunches for others for decades, his friends treated him to one!  Don spent most of his working life as a Postal Employee at the Seward Post Office, retiring on July 2, 1999, after 42 years of service. In addition to working at the Post Office, early in his career, Don co-owned and operated the Seward Pool Hall. He enjoyed talking with the customers and being challenged to a game of snooker. Don loved to be active and played fast-pitch softball and participated in many bowling leagues with his friends. Don served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Seward City Bowling Association and in 1996 was selected to the Seward Bowling Association Hall of Fame.  In retirement, Don enjoyed watching sports, especially his beloved Cubbies, and especially traveling to see his children and grandchildren who were located throughout the United States. When travel became difficult, he enjoyed the daily and weekly phone conversations to catch-up on the lives of his family.  Donald “Don” Lee Freeman, 85, was called to his heavenly home on March 5, 2021. He is survived by his children: Cheryl Stoltenberg of Indianapolis, Ind.; Scott Freeman of Spencer, Iowa; Steve and Julie Freeman of Bentonville, Ark.; and Alan and Kristin Freeman of Saint Charles, Mo. He is survived by his grandchildren: Tony and Ashley Bennett, Patrick and Lacey Bennett, Kelley and Cory Collins, Sean Stoltenberg, Tyler and Justine Patsch, Jake Freeman, Ryan Freeman, Hunter Freeman, Matthew Freeman, Connor Freeman, Holly Freeman and Samuel Freeman, and his 10 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by Sherry Rigby, longtime companion, and her daughter Shelley Rigby, Holli’s daughters Sidney, Carly and Riley; one stepbrother, four step-sisters, many nieces, nephews, relatives & friends. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Amanda Freeman; wife, Carol Freeman; brother, Virgil Freeman; Holli Rigby .  He greatly loved his family and was faithful in making frequent phone calls to see how everyone was doing; he was a great conversationalist and loving person who will be missed by all.

CASKET BEARERS - "GRANDCHILDREN" Tony Bennett, Patrick Bennett, Kelley Collins, Tyler Patsch, Jake Freeman, Ryan Freeman, Sean Stoltenberg, Hunter Freeman, Mattthew Freeman, Holly Freeman, Samuel Freeman, Connor Freeman

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March 12, 2021

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Volzke Funeral Home
147 Main Street
Seward, NE 68434

Funeral Service
March 13, 2021

10:30 AM
St. John Lutheran Church
919 N. Columbia Ave.
Seward, NE 68434

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