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806 Macon Avenue
Canon City, CO 81212
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Frank Avery
Freeman III

October 2, 1925 – September 15, 2018

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Obituary for Frank Avery Freeman III

Frank Avery Freeman, III was born in Omaha, Nebraska on October 2, 1925. Frank was the oldest son of Frank Avery Freeman, II and Frances Jane Stafford. He had a younger sister, Betty Jane and a younger brother, Robert Gilford. Frank’s father worked as a newspaper subscription salesman. The company had offices in various states which caused the family to move quite often.
Frank is survived by all of his children as well as 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and silliness. He loved spending time with all of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Frank completed his freshman year of high school in Dallas, Texas in 1938; his sophomore year in Arlington Heights, IL; his junior year in Oak Park, IL; and his senior year in Washington, D.C.
In November of 1943 he was drafted by choice into the United States Navy. He attended the Hospital Core Training School graduating with a score of 96%. He was then assigned to the U.S. Naval Hospital in Bainbridge, Maryland where he worked in the office as a Pharmacist Mate Second Class until the war was over in 1946.
By that time his parents had moved to Park Ridge, Illinois where Frank returned upon his discharge. He then started attending the University of Illinois at Navy Pier while still living at home. After two years he transferred to Northwestern University at the Chicago campus. On June 13, 1949 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in management.
In the Fall of 1946, while participating in youth group at the First United Methodist Church of Park Ridge, Illinois he met the love of his life, Betty Lou Currie. Frank was 21 while Betty was 17. On January 17, 1947, they had their first date. According to Frank they had a long engagement. However, on June 17, 1949, four days after graduating college, they were married.
After their honeymoon in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, they moved to Edison Park, Illinois where they remained until 1954. While living in Edison Park two daughters, Gail Louise and Diane Elizabeth were born. Frank began working as a credit reporter at Dun & Bradstreet in Chicago, Illinois. After leaving Dun & Bradstreet he began working in the Accounting Department of Darling & Company where he was eventually transferred to the Sales Department.
In 1955 they moved to Mundelein, Illinois where they purchased their first home. Two more daughters were born in Mundelein; Deborah Sue and Julia Ann. Frank began his career as a debt collector for First Federal Savings and Loan in Chicago, Illinois. He eventually became the Manager of the Department.
In 1962 they moved to Western Springs, Illinois. At this time Frank was working as the Assistant Vice President of Collections at Lawn Savings and Loan. In 1964, they were surprised to learn that Betty was pregnant with Frank Avery, IV. In was then that he began working for Blue Cross Blue Shield as an auditor for Medicare. In October of 1987, he was offered early retirement. They packed up and moved to Clark, South Dakota where they lived until 1998. They moved to Canon City, Colorado where they remained until moving into Mount Saint Frances Nursing Center in February, 2015.
Frank was a member of SPEBSQSA (Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America). He was involved in many barbershop quartets. He also enjoyed singing in the choir at First United Methodist Church. He and Betty were also on a bowling league.

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Service Information

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 3:00pm
Pastor Eric Feuerstein
First United Methodist Church
801 Main St
Canon City, CO