Vernon Lee Freeman, 65, of Chippewa Falls died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at home surrounded by his family.
He was born Jan. 6, 1954, to Edward and Edith (Comstock) Freeman. He spent his entire life in Chippewa Falls and never had any desire to live elsewhere. He loved his hometown. Most of his working years were spent at Mason Shoe Company and Pactiv Corporation.
On Aug. 24, 1974, he married his high school sweetheart, Cindy (Meyer) Freeman. They were blessed with five children and they were the joy of his life. He will always be remembered for his dedication to his kids, grandkids and great-grandson.
As an avid sports fan Vern played softball for many years, but his true passion was coaching his kids in baseball as they grew up. He closely followed Chi-Hi athletics, especially when his children and grandson played. In the fall, the Freeman family schedule revolved around Badgers football. No family dinners or celebrations dare occur when there was a Badgers game on! He enjoyed his weekly trips to Turtle Lake, but the highlight of his recent years was spending March Madness in Las Vegas, with his sons.
Vern’s dedication to his children extended to all of their friends, who were always welcome in his home. Though Vern was a man of few words, there was never a doubt that he would do anything for you. He will be greatly missed by many.
Vern is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Cindy; his five children, Aron Freeman, Courtney (Brad) Miller, Isaac (Lindsay) Freeman, Chloe Freeman and Katlin (Alex) Geiser; grandchildren, McKenzie (Braeden) Jensen, Lakota Miller, Noah and baby Freeman, Leo, Natalie and Roman Geiser; great-grandson, Miller Jensen; siblings, Linda (Denny) Harings, Gary Freeman, Rod Freeman, Kevin Freeman, Carolynn Brenner; and a large extended family, including in-laws, outlaws, nieces and nephews.
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Vern is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Edith Freeman; sister, Janese Hinojosa; sister-in-law, Louise Freeman; and brother-in-law, Pat Brenner.
A funeral service will be held at noon Thursday, Sept. 26, at Christ Lutheran Church, Chippewa Falls, with the Rev. Greg Stenzel officiating. All are welcome to join the family for the service and/or luncheon reception, following the service in the church fellowship hall. Badgers attire is encouraged in memory of Vern.
Private family interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery, Chippewa Falls.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to any youth sports in Vern’s honor.
Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, Chippewa Falls is serving the family. Please share your memories and condolences online at pedersonvolker.com.