Richard J. Freeman
GOWANDA: Richard J. Freeman age 86 of Broadway Rd. passed away Sunday March 22, 2020 at the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville following a lengthy illness.
Born January 7, 1934 in Gowanda the son of James W. and Doris A. (Morley) Freeman.
Richard was a U. S. Navy Veteran that honorably served during the Korean War.
Dick married the former Diana L. Blank on April 27, 1974 at the First Presbyterian Church in Gowanda, Diana survives.
Richard retired from the former Moench Tanning Co after 37 years of service, at the time of his retirement he was a finish mixer.
Surviving besides his wife of 46 years are children; Cathy Hamlet of Westfield, Raymond (Paula) Freeman of Gowanda, Diane (Chris) Welka of Irving, Lenette (Wayne) Wdowiasz of Silver Creek, Ricky (Robin Covert) Freeman of Gowanda Step children; James (Rowena) Wescott of Las Vegas, NV., Steven (Julie) Wescott of Blairstown, NJ, grandchildren; Edwin Hamlet ll, Elizabeth (James) Tytka Jr., Rebecca (Marc) Kapple, Linnea Freeman, Carla Welka, Todd (Holly) Welka, Michelle (Douglas) Zeller Jr., Collette (Jeff) Campese, Christine Arnold, Kayla (Uchenna) Nwoha, Joshua Covert-Freeman, step grandchildren Charles Smith, Kelly Wescott, Megan Wescott and Katlyn (Tyler) Prigionieri. Dick is also survived by great grandchildren; Eva, Chloe, Lily, Sophia, Alice, Olivia, Alan, Nina, Alayna, Kali-ann, Karson, Liam, Zofia, Killian, Emery, Cove, Jayden, Abigail, Jolene, Zach, Kalib, Raelin, Charleigh and Lillian.
Besides his parents Richard is preceded in death by his former wife and mother of his children Mary Dole Sullivan, a brother Edward J. Freeman, grandson Jamie Freeman along with step daughter Suzanne Wescott and step grandson Nicholas Smith.
Richard was a life member of the American Legion Post 409 (he has been a 55 year member), he also was a member of The James Cruden VFW Post 5007 also of Gowanda, he was a Member of Valley Hose ll and a 50 year member and past chief of the Gowanda Fire Dept., he was past chief of the South Dayton Fire Dept and a Life Member of the South Western Volunteer Fire Dept. along with Life member of the Western Volunteer Fireman’s Association. Other memberships locally include the Slovenian Club, the Collins 50 plus Seniors and the Collins Center Seniors, he enjoyed the casino and bus trips with the senior groups. Richard also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
A private family viewing and funeral will be held Thursday March 26, 2020 with burial in the Pine Grove Cemetery. A public memorial will be held at a later date.
If desired, memorials may be made to the Gowanda Ambulance Service PO Box 143 Gowanda, NY 14070.
Arrangements are by the SCHINDLER FUNERAL HOME 44 Center St. Gowanda, NY.