Gordon V. Freeman of Fairgrove, age 74, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, March 2, 2020, at Mid-Michigan Medical Center – Midland. Gordon was born April 25, 1945, in Kingston, the son of the late Rev. Horace and Grace (Rowley) Freeman. He was a 1963 graduate of Lakers High School and a 1967 graduate of Spring Arbor College. Gordon was united in marriage with the former Betty Lou Knechtel on August 25, 1967, in Elkton, and she survives him. He was employed with the Department of Health and Human Services as a social worker until his retirement in 2002. Gordon attended the Caro First Baptist Church where he enjoyed singing in the choir. He loved God, his family, attending his grandchildren’s school events at Valley Lutheran High School, music, especially gospel quartets, word games, bicycling and history. Gordon was proud of the beauty of this state we live in, especially the U.P. where he had spent some of his youth, and felt he was a “Yooper” at heart.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 52 years, Betty Freeman of Fairgrove; one daughter, Stephanie Eischer and her husband, Larry, of Saginaw; his grandchildren: Ryan and his wife, Grace, Lauren, Evan, Allison and Autumn Eischer; four great-grandchildren; three sisters and their spouses: Eunice and Philip Baldwin of Grand Blanc, Alice and Dale Withey of Livonia, New York, Georgina and Paul Botka of Sanford; one sister-in-law, Floris Wertz of Goshen, Indiana; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews whom he loved very much; and his beloved granddog, Snickers. In addition to his parents, Gordon was preceded in death by one infant brother, James; a brother-in-law, Dale Wertz; one nephew, Rodney Wertz; one niece, Desirae Withey; and one great-nephew, Logan Bolzman.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 9, 2020, at the Caro First Baptist Church with Pastors Marc Herron and Bob Tibbits officiating. Burial will follow at a later time at Grand Lawn Cemetery in Pigeon. The family will be present to receive friends at the Ransford Collon Funeral Home on Sunday from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. and on Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to the Thumb Bluewater Youth for Christ or the Family Discretionary Fund, payable to Betty Freeman, 205 West Sherman Street, Caro, MI 48723. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro. Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at www.RansfordCollon.com.