Barney J. Freeman Sr., 84, of Kansas, went to be with his lord and savior at 9 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Heart Center, Toledo.
Barney was born Nov. 25, 1928, in Wise, Va., to the Rev. Gordon and Martha Ellen (Bateman) Freeman. He married Norma (Kordeleski) Oct. 22, 1994, in Kansas, and she survives.
Survivors include his children, Barney J. Freeman Jr. and Joe S. (Diane) Freeman, both of Bowling Green, Shane J. (Paula) Freeman of South Amherst, Scott Cameron and Robin Cantrell, both of Lorain, Julie (Rich) Greiner of Kansas, Donna (Harold) Lane of Richmond, Va., Sandra Bentley of Bristol, Tenn., and Brandy Stearns of Port Clinton; 27 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, the Rev. Joe (Lois) Freeman of Garret, Ind.; three sisters, Christine (Jay) Starnes of Vermillion, Jeanette (Hubert) Cooke of Churchill, Tenn., and Doris (Tommy) Wells of Bristol, Tenn.; and Barney's first wife, Simone Stewart of Bowling Green.
Barney worked as an auto mechanic, played in a band called the Freeman Family Singers and also played in the Jetones. Barney was an avid fisherman and spent many happy hours at the Huron River in Milan. Barney enjoyed hunting and was the state record holder of coho salmon in Ohio. He also enjoyed watching wrestling, NASCAR, loved spending time with his grandchildren and setting in the sun. Barney was a United States Navy veteran serving during World War II.
Barney was preceded in death by his parents; three sons, Scott, Brad and Daniel Freeman; four brothers, Ruford, Ralph, Paul and Darrell Freeman; and two sisters-in-law, Norma and Wilma Freeman.
A memorial service for Barney will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Kansas United Methodist Church with Pastor Benny Fitch officiating.
There will be no visitation or burial at this time. Engle-Shook Funeral Home and Crematory, 301 Union St., Bettsville, is assisting the family with their arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.engleshookfuneralhome.com.