Lawrence Albin Freeman, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grand father, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, passed away at age 90 on June 12, 2014.
Larry was born in Blaine into a large, loving family, to parents Kris and Bena Freeman March 8, 1924. He grew up on the
family farm, where everyone pitched in with the Chores. Larry’s parents taught their children the importance of family, unconditional love, and singing in harmony, which they in turn passed on to their children.
Larry started school at Birch Bay, then on to Blaine schools where he graduated in 1942. Shortly after Pearl Harbor, he was drafted into the army, spending a year at engineering school in Alabama before shipping out to Europe. He landed at Normandy Beach two months after D-Day, and fought in NE France. He received a medical discharge after suffering frost-bitten feet, and spent six months in hospital in Colorado before returning home to Blaine.
After the war he worked at various jobs, including running a gas station in Bellingham with his brother Ray, working several summers in Alaska, and logging. After delivering Standard Oil for 15 years, he went to work with his brother Web, building and remodeling homes.
In 1949 he met the love of his life, Mary Olason, and they were married on March 2, 1950. They raised 4 kids, while working, having a farm and garden, and building and remodeling homes in their “spare time.” After retirement, they built several more homes, Larry entertained the grandkids with stories and woodworking projects, and showed us all the strength, honesty and love it takes to live a good life.
Larry is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary; children Larry (Penny), Mary, Jerry (Cindy) and Tim (Sue); 9 grandkids; 8 great-grandkids; sister, Leona Olason, and a multitude of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Those bright Icelandic blue eyes are now closed, but will light our hearts forever. Love and miss you Dad/Afi.
Private family inurnment will be at Hillsdale Cemetery, Blaine, WA. A Celebration of Life with Military Honors will be held at the American Legion Post #86 Hall in Blaine, Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. The family requests memorials be made to Stafholt Good Samaritan Center, 456 C Street, Blaine, WA 98230, where he received very warm and attentive care in his final days. Please share your thoughts and memories online at www.sigfuneralservices.com