Gary Woodrow Freed, 92, Wolcottville, died Thursday, May 16, 2013 at his residence.
He was born January 27, 1921, in Helmer, Ind., to Francis Freed and Mattie (Crise) Freed.
He was a WWII veteran, serving in the U.S. Army from 1944-1946. He was a lifetime farmer and was also a truck driver for 10 years and worked at Flint and Walling in Kendallville for 25 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of Kendallville VFW Post 2749, where he served as post commander for nine years. He was also a member of Kendallville American Legion Post 86 and the Kendallville Eagles.
He was married November 8, 1947, in Kendallville, to Betty Jane Leas. She survives.
Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Lynn Freed, Morman Lake, Ariz.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Terry Ross, LaGrange, Marilyn and Mike Baird, Wolcottville, and Cindy and Tim Devine, Howe; nine grandchildren, Gary and Sarah Ross, LaGrange, Scott and Kim Ross, Georgetown, Ky., Melissa and Andy Bradford, Crawfordsville, Jamie and Derrick Potts, Elberfeld, Julie and Ryan Byrd, Remmington, Jennifer and Nick Rusk, Ft. Wayne, Jill Baird, Wolcottville, Nicole and Eric Miller, Howe, and Tiffany Devine, Howe; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two daughters, Sandra Sue and Maxine May, and seven brothers, John, Harry, Willard, Howard, Stanley, Oral and George Freed.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 20, at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville with Reverend Carldean Merrifield officiating.
Burial is in Brushy Chapel Cemetery, LaGrange.
Memorials may be directed to Parkview Noble Hospice or Kendallville VFW Post 2749.
Online condolences may be sent at www.hitefuneralhome. com.
Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville was in charge of arrangements.