Herbert L. Freeman, was born in Moatsville, WV on Valentine’s Day 1929. Herb’s early years were spent on the family farm with twelve siblings. In his youth he was an avid baseball player and later became a huge fan of all things “baseball”. Herb served two years in the US Army and during that time he married the love of his life, Ruth Phillips. They were married on Easter Sunday 1953. After his service, he and Ruth moved to Ohio where he was employed at the Ford stamping plant in Walton Hills and later started a family. He and Ruth knew Christ at their home church, the Akron Baptist Temple, where they attended for many years. After his retirement, Ruth provided him with a long list of “things to do”, which took up a lot of his time! He also thoroughly enjoyed visiting friends in Ohio and his many trips to West Virginia. As a Christian man, he was a good husband, a good father, a good provider and a good grandfather. And he loved babies! Herb could charm a baby like no one else!
Herb is predeceased by his parents, Coda and Hazel Freeman; wife, Ruth E. Freeman; siblings, Ramon Freeman, Paul Freeman, Robert Freeman, Doris Streets, Betty Frey, Colleen Frey, Tommy Freeman, Juanita Freeman, Anna Lou Shaw and Kenneth Freeman. He is survived by his sons, Mike (Karen) Freeman and Mylon (Lisa) Freeman; grandchildren, Mikey (Alicia) Freeman, Whitney (Jonathan) Erickson, Cody Freeman and Chloe Freeman; grandchildren, Harper, Olive and Yuri; siblings, George Freeman, Richard Freeman and Sammy Freeman; and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Liberty Residence in Wadsworth and Barberton ManorCare (Promedica) for their excellent care and kindness. Herb believed in giving locally; at his church, the Salvation Army and the First Glance Student Center. Memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army, 190 S. Maple Street, Akron, OH 44302 or First Glance Student Center, 943 Kenmore Blvd., Akron, OH, 44314.
Friends may call Prentice Funeral Home, 1154 Kenmore Blvd., Akron on Sunday, April 3, 2022 from 2-4 p.m. Service will follow immediately at 4 p.m. Calling times and interment will follow in Belington, WV.
Posted on March 31, 2022
Posted in Akron Beacon Journal