Theodore "Ted" Lee Freeman(1923-2007)

June 06, 2007 11:00 pm

Theodore "Ted" Lee Freeman Sr., 83, of Harbor, died May 29, 2007, of natural causes at his home.

He was born Nov. 29, 1923, to Wilson and May Liza (McClung) Freeman in Harbor, Ore., and was raised and educated in Brookings-Harbor.

He and his parents were Pioneer Citizens of Curry County.

At the age of 12, he began driving truck for his father and made deliveries in Curry County.

He met Doris Lee Moore in Gold Beach, Ore. The couple was married July 11, 1943, in Gold Beach.

Freeman entered the U.S. Army in October 1943. He served as a truck driver, tested amphibious ducks and qualified as an M1 sharpshooter. He received an American Theater Service medal, Asiatic Pacific Service medal, World War II Victory medal and a Good Conduct medal. He was honorably discharged Jan. 10, 1946.

Upon his return from the service, he continued to work for his father. In 1948, the Freemans purchased Joe DeMartin's ranch on the South Bank of the Chetco River.

In 1952, Freeman and a partner started the trucking firm Brookings Livestock and Trucking Co., and ran it for eight years before selling the business to Johnson Truck Lines. Freeman continued to work for the company.

He then worked as shop foreman for Agnew Timber Products for 10 years.

In 1972 he purchased a dump truck and drove for hire. In 1976, the Freemans started Freeman Rock Enterprises, Inc., and ran the business until selling to their sons in 1997.

In retirement, the Freemans enjoyed RV traveling for 10 years, touring the Southwest and Northwest extensively and working on their ranch.

Freeman was a charter member of Brookings Elks Lodge for 53 years. During his lifetime, he donated many hours and efforts to the community on a number of local projects. The Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce honored Ted Sr. and Doris as Pioneer Citizens in an Azalea Festival Celebration.

Freeman's passions were his family and ranching. He enjoyed clamming in Washington, hunting, river fishing, bowling and playing on the local men's softball league.

More recently, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, and watching their sports activities.

He is survived by his wife Doris, of Brookings; three daughters, Connie R. Love of Springfield, Ore.; Cheryl A. Howell (Tom), of Brookings; and Tracy L. Carson (Troy), of Klamath Falls, Ore.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ted L., Jr. and Peggy Freeman, of Brookings; and David W. and Bobbie Freeman, also of Brookings; a sister and brother-in-law, Margie and Hank Grootendorst of Oswego, Ore.; 11 grandchildren, Inga, Ted, Keith, Kevin, Shaun, Mark, Cari, Ciera, Davey, Mariah and Tory; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial celebration of life was held Sunday, June 3.

Memorials may be made to the Brookings Harbor Scholarship Foundation, c/o Clar Byers, P.O. Box 1870, Brookings, OR., 97415.

Arrangements are under the direction of Redwood Memorial Chapel.