John Freeman, 98

John Richard Freeman, 98, formerly of Roann, died at 5:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at his home at Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester. 

He was born March 9, 1921, in Wabash, to Glen and Bess (Freising) Freeman.

John was a 1940 graduate of Wabash High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married Louise Comer in Oakland, Calif., on Aug. 7, 1944.

John retired from General Tire in Wabash after 43 and a half years. He was a former member of the Roann United Methodist Church and attended the Congregational Christian Church in North Manchester. John was a member of the VFW Post 286, and the American Legion Post 15, both of Wabash. He was a member of the Roann Masonic Lodge, the Hanna Masonic Lodge in Wabash, and the Fort Wayne Scottish Rite and Mizpah Shrine. John performed the Masonic Funeral Rites 61 times. In 2012, he participated in the Honor Flight. John enjoyed fishing, hunting, mushroom hunting, and working in his yard and flower garden. 

He is survived by his wife, Louise Freeman of North Manchester; daughter, Margaret (Garl) Gresley of Hoagland; six great-grandchildren; his brother, Thomas Freeman of Glen Mills, Pa.; and special nephew and niece, Kraig (Linda) Ahlfeld of Wabash. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter, Heidi Sierra, brother, George Freeman, and his sister, Mary Ann Worth.

There will be no services. Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Roann.

The preferred memorial is the Honor Flight, PO Box 5 Huntertown, IN 46748.

The memorial guest book for John may be signed at

Posted on 2019 Apr 25