Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

February 1, 2009

Joseph Freeman


Feb. 18, 1946 - Jan. 28, 2009

Joseph Edmond (Eddie) Freeman, 62, Kokomo, died at 4:16 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, at St. Joseph Hospital. He was battling cancer. He was born Feb. 18, 1946, at St. Joseph Hospital to the late Joseph Rice and Mary Edith (Tedlock) Freeman.

Eddie was a 1964 graduate of Kokomo High School and a graduate of ITT, Indianapolis. He joined the U.S. Army in 1965 and retired in 1985 after 20 years. While in the Army, he served two tours in Vietnam and was stationed in Germany and throughout the United States.

On Nov. 11, 1967, he married Judith Ann Thomas of Savannah, Ga., the mother of Michael, Jason, and Lance. They divorced in 1979. In 1994, Judith passed away.

Before returning to Indiana, Eddie was employed for a number of years by the California Department of Health. Upon returning to Kokomo, he was an employee of Tedlock Construction until his death. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He is survived by three sons; Michael L. Freeman and wife, Natasha, Pendleton, Jason S. Freeman and wife, Jenny, Richmond Hill, Ga., and Capt. Lance E. Freeman and wife, Jennifer, Alexandria, Va.; also two other sons; James Lawrence and Aron; seven grandchildren, Kyla, Kennedey, Landon, Sylvie, Delaney, and Charlie Freeman, and Chayse Hunter; one niece, Deb Brooks, Lafayette; three nephews, Chad Krick, Alexandria, Va., Mark Krick, Lafayette, and David Brooks, Greenwood; three sisters, Barbara J. Brooks and husband, David R., Marjorie M. Krick and husband, Cecil James Jr., Lafayette, and Marilyn G. Franks and husband, Donald R., Ocoee, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one nephew, Brad J. Krick.

His services are noon Tuesday at Ellers Mortuary, Main Street Chapel, 725 S. Main St., with Pastor Harold Williams officiating. Burial will take place in Bell Mounds Cemetery in Howard County. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the Freeman family at www.ellersmortuary.com