Obituary for Earl Freese, 99

August 03,1922 To March 27,2022,

5-7 PM, Thursday, March 31, 2022 at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Glasgow. Prayer service at 7 PM.

Funeral Services
10 AM, Friday, April 1, 2022 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Glasgow.

Washington Cemetery - Glasgow, MO

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Mary's School Education Endowment Fund.

Current Glasgow resident and former West Alton, MO resident, Earl Freese, 99 passed away peacefully at Glasgow Gardens on March 27, 2022. Part of the Greatest Generation, Earl Godfrey Freese was born August 3, 1922 in West Alton, MO. He was one of seven children born to the late William and Blanche (Orff) Freese. At the age of 20, Earl enlisted with the U.S. Navy to serve his country. During WWII, Earl was stationed on the Fletcher-class destroyer, USS McKee, as a torpedoman’s mate 3rd class. The USS McKee and her crew played an important role in the South Pacific and helped the allied forces solidify a victory during WWII. He was honorably discharged on December 21, 1945. On September 16, 1950, Earl married the love of his life, Marian (Smith) Freese. They enjoyed over 55 years of marriage. Marian preceded him in death January 30, 2006. Early in his professional career, Earl worked for Emerson Electric, McDonnell Douglas, and briefly for a barge line company on the Mississippi River. He then accepted a job for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and worked as a lock and dam operator for several years until he retired. Earl loved being outdoors, fishing and hunting when he was able. He also enjoyed watching the Cardinals and the Blues (his two favorite sports teams) as well as donating his time at the Glasgow Food Pantry. He’ll be remembered for his infectious smile, his kindness, and his ability to always tell it like it is, with quick wit and a sense of humor. He never met a stranger and was always eager to spark conversation with family & friends. Survivors include his son, Mark (Susan) Freese of Glasgow, MO; three grandchildren - Carrie (Ryan) Maher of Austin, TX, Kristin Freese of Charlottesville, VA, and Michael (Megan) Freese of Glasgow, MO; four grandsons - Max, Redding, Maddox, and Austin; and a sister, Dorothy Dwyer of Florissant, MO. In addition to his wife and parents, Earl was preceded in death by three brothers - Douglas, Delbert, and Lee Freese, and by two sisters - Readel Hall and Janette “Jeanie” Libhart. Visitation will be held Thursday evening, March 31, 2022 from 5-7pm at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Glasgow, with a prayer service at 7pm. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10am, Friday April 1 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Joshua Duncan officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow, at Washington Cemetery in Glasgow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Mary’s School Education Endowment Fund, in care of Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home, 112 Market St., Glasgow, MO 65254.