Nisqually Valley News, Yelm, Washington March 24, 2006 Freeman C. Miller, 87, passed away at the Nisqually Valley Care Center in McKenna, Wash. on March 17, 2006. Freeman was born Sept. 20, 1918, in Millersburg, Penn. to Cyrus E. Miller and Ella Selena Lenker. During his childhood, Freeman helped his grandfather on his farm in Pennsylvania. He later left grade school to work in a local restaurant. Freeman joined the United States Army at the beginning of World War II and served stateside as a cook and baker where he rose to the rank of sergeant. After he was discharged from the Army, Freeman worked as a warehouse man for Mt. Rainier Ordinance Depot (Fort Lewis) and later at the Puget Sound Naval shipyard in Bremerton, Wash. He retired after 29 years of service. While Freeman was stationed at Fort Lewis, he met and married E. Fern McKernan of Tacoma, Wash., on Oct. 15, 1943. They were married 36 years when she passed away on Sept. 23, 1983, while the couple were living in Yelm, Wash. Freeman then met and married Mary Housden, of McKenna, Wash., on April 27, 1986 at the Yelm Prairie Bowling Lanes. Freeman was enthusiastically adopted and lovingly accepted into Maryís family. His friends and family will fondly remember Freemanís delight when he was surrounded by people having a good time, be it a birthday party for a grandchild or a bowling league dinner. We all cherish the memory of his happy, distinctive laugh ringing out at a backyard barbecue. Dad was an avid fisherman, and his daughter Mickey fondly remembers bobbing around in Puget Sound every Sunday of her younger years in the 1950s and 1960s while Freeman caught fish and Mickey drowned bait. Dad was also an accomplished bowler, and he and Mary continued to bowl frequently and competitively until shortly before his passing. Freeman was a meticulous gardener. His lawn was always mowed, his gardens weed-free, and he was a master of the perfectly pruned hedge. Freeman and Mary had a motor home and traveled the area for many years, camping on local beaches, usually with family. He also enjoyed working on paint-by-number pictures and hooking rugs. Freeman is survived by: his daughter, Mickey (Don) Pederson of Puyallup, Wash.; his stepdaughter, Diana (Jim) Clevenger, Olympia, Wash.; his stepson, Bill (Donna) Housden, of McKenna, Wash.; two grandchildren, Stephen Smith of Richmond, Va. and Teri King of Fort Hood, Texas; five step-grandchildren, Kari Larson of Doty, Wash., John Housden of Tacoma, Wash, Kristina Reninger of McKenna, Wash., Brenda Linderkamp, Graham, Wash., Nicki Medicus, Georgia, and Dani Frost, Yelm, Wash; also, nine great-grandchildren. Freemanís younger brother, Kenneth, preceded him in death in 1971. Dad was a humble, quiet man and requested that there be no services. We will respect that wish.
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