Obituary of William Freed
William “Bill, Grumps” Edward Freed, 89, our Dad, transitioned to the Kingdom of Heaven on April 16, 2018 at Eaton Community Palliative Care in Charlotte MI. He was the most gentle and kind person that anyone could ever meet. Everyone who knew him loved him and forged forever friendships.
Dad was born in Wainwright, Alberta, Canada on August 31, 1928. On August 28, 1947, he married our Mom, Lucille Struble, and they moved to British Columbia, Canada. They soon moved back to Michigan where they started their family, and Dad became part owner in Beeman’s Super Market in downtown Lansing MI. He retired and sold the business in 1980 and soon moved to Derby Lake in Stanton MI where he began working as a bus driver for Montcalm Community Schools until 1991.
Dad was an avid outdoorsman. He especially enjoyed hunting, fishing and teaching us to appreciate the outdoors, including lakes and streams. Growing up, we enjoyed many feasts of pheasant, partridge, and venison that our Mom would prepare. Dad loved fishing, and his bluegills were the best.
Our parents had a cottage on Bass Lake in Gowen, MI where we spent almost every weekend. A few years later, they moved to Derby Lake in Stanton, MI. We enjoyed many family gatherings sitting around a campfire and riding around the lake on the pontoon.
Dad enjoyed woodcarving. He and our brother, Rocky, took lessons from a master wood carver, Georg Keilhofer, in Frankenmuth, MI. Dad competed at the Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition in Ocean City, MD. We were very proud of him when he received a first place award in the novice division with a life size loon carving. He continued to compete for a few years, and then his passion turned to carving Old World Santas that were painted by our Mom and later by our sister, Bunnie. Dad and Mom moved to Grand Ledge, MI in 2004 where Dad began teaching woodcarving classes and made many friends, especially Jim and Sharon Fields. He continued to carve and also work part-time for our brother, Barry, at Art Craft Display fixing and repairing equipment. He especially enjoyed working with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dad spent many hours in his garden growing fruits and vegetables that he shared with the family, friends and neighbors
Dad was preceded in death by our Mom and the love of his life for 60 years, Lucille Freed; his parents; 2 sisters; 2 brothers; and a daughter-in-law, Jan Freed. He is survived by his sons, Barry (Jan) Freed, and Rocky (Cindy) Freed; his daughters, Bunnie (Larry) Chamberlain, KimberLee (Terry) Torkko; and daughter-in-law, Carol Freed. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation is 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Friday, April 20, 2018 with Memorial Service at 1:00 PM at Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 W. Saginaw, Lansing with Pastor Charles Krueger and Pastor Scott Torkko, his grandson, officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Eaton Palliative Care, 2675 S. Cochran Rd., Charlotte, MI 48813 or Residential Hospice, 5440 Corporate Dr. - Suite 400, Troy, MI 48098. The family is being served by Tiffany Funeral Home. Friends may visit the guest book at www.tiffanyfuneralhome.com