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Earl (Bud) Freeman


July 21, 1919 – August 11, 2012

Earl “Bud” Freeman of Pocahontas, Iowa passed away August 11, 2012, at the age of 93. He and his wife, Mavis, had recently moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Earl “Bud” Freeman was born on July 21, 1919 in Pocahontas Iowa to Bertha (Lovelace) and Jess Freeman. He graduated from Pocahontas High School in May, 1937. During high school he played football. In 1942 Earl joined the United States Army and served from 1942-1946. He was a staff sergeant. Earl was proud of serving his country and said he “helped put out the fire” in Europe. Earl helped in the liberation of the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp in Nordhausen, Germany.

On October 25, 1943 he married Mavis McVay in Dumont, Iowa. They settled in Pocahontas after World War II. Earl worked at Bob Smith Grocery, the Farm and Home Store, and Allied Gas Company, where he worked for thirty years. He retired in 1981 from Northern Natural Gas Company. After retirement he and Mavis traveled. They wintered in Florida for two years and Harlingen, Texas for eighteen years, where they enjoyed dancing and golfing.

Earl was a member of the Pocahontas Golf Course and the Pocahontas Presbyterian Church where he had served as an elder. He was a proud member of the American Legion for over fifty years. Earl was an avid golfer and bridge player.

He is survived by his wife Mavis, daughters Julie (Chuck) Varilek of Estes Park, Colorado and Ann (Don) Wickenkamp of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Also surviving are his sister Maxine Streit of Prattville, Alabama, grandchildren Jennifer Varilek LaFosse of Huston, Texas, Audra Varilek of Estes Park, Colorado, Greg Wickenkamp of Boone, Iowa and Steven Wickenkamp of Anchorage, Alaska, and several nieces and nephews. Earl was preceded in death by his parents, Bertha and Jess Freeman, and sisters Lavona Hatcher and Doris Rhode.

The funeral was held on Thursday, August 16, 2012, at the United Presbyterian Church, Pocahontas, Iowa.

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