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The Rev. George Shreve Freer, 76, retired minister with the Evangelical Friends Church, died on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind., following a brief illness.
He was born on July 29, 1935, in Cleveland, to Robert D. and Eunice J. Shreve Freer, and they preceded him in death.
On Aug. 4, 1957, he married Martha Remy Freer, and she survives in Bellville.
He is also survived by his four sons, Scott (Jody) Freer of Ashland, Mark (Robin) Freer of St. Marys, Keith (Shawnda) Freer of Alexandria, Ind., and Kevin (Joey) Freer of Mooresville, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; a sister, Martha Virginia (Bruce) Ward of LaPorte, Ind.; a brother-in-law, Stanley (Arlene) Remy of Lexington; several nieces and nephews; his church family.
He was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Bill Hair.
Freer enjoyed a 50-year ministry serving Friends congregations in Cadiz, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, St. Marys, Maple Run Friends Church in Marion, Ind., Hortonville Friends Church in Sheridan, Ind., and the Somersville and West Mansfield Friends churches before retiring in November 2010 to the Friends Fellowship Community in Richmond, Ind. He was a 1954 graduate of Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, Ill., and received a bachelor’s of religious education from Malone College in 1959.
He was an avid model railroad enthusiast and was a voracious reader who possessed a hearty laugh and a great sense of humor. He enjoyed yard work and woodworking and was devoted to his family and the churches that he served.
Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the West Mansfield United Methodist Church, 212 E. Center St., West Mansfield, where the funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Chris Jackson, area superintendent with the Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region, will officiate. Burial will take place at York Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made payable to the Friends Fellowship Community or to Malone University in care of Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, 222 W. Center St., West Mansfield, Ohio, 43358, who is serving the family.
Condolences may be expressed at MannasmithFuneralHome.com.