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Melvin L. Freed, 83, of Danville, passed this life to join our heavenly Father on Feb. 13, 2017 at North Logan Health Care.
Visitation will be on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Pape Family Funeral Home from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., with a Prayer Service following at 1 p.m., officiated by Father Loftus. Following services Melvin will be entombed at Resurrection Catholic Mausoleum.
Melvin was born Nov. 28, 1933, the youngest child of Ephraim and Ethel (Harvey) Freed. At 15 years old he started working for Fairhall Elevator Company in Danville, where he installed, repaired and serviced elevators in Danville and the surrounding areas for 28 years. After leaving there, he worked for several years as a bank security guard for First National Bank of Danville, and then at Danville Housing Authority until his retirement. Melvin was a former member of The Elks, The Moose, and a 4th Degree with the K of C.
Melvin loved riding his motorcycle, was an avid race fan and a mopar man! In the early sixties, he ran a stock car at the old Fair Grounds in Danville and several other tracks in the area. He loved family get-togethers, NASCAR, fishing, camping, and mushroom hunting.
He was first married to Norma Jean Urbanski in December 1954, and they later divorced; she survives. He later married Karen Jaylene Borgess Aldrich on Nov. 1, 1975 and she preceded him in death Aug. 16, 1997.
He is survived by his children, who will miss him greatly: Linda (Steve) Bloomfield, with whom he lived, of Perrysville, Ind., Buddy (Dee) Freed of Danville, Brenda (Terry) Hollingsworth of Chrisman, and Patrick (Amy Stone) Freed of Decatur; 10 grandchildren: Steve Bloomfield Jr. (Amanda Douglas), Samantha (Wade) Rennaker, Cole and Taylor Freed, Katie (Rob) Watters, Kayla and Kade Hollingsworth, Cierra Holstein, and Cheyenne and Shawn Freed; 11 great-grandchildren; and his precious cat, Smokey Girl. From his marriage to Karen, he also has two stepchildren: Patricia Collison of Danville and Tim Aldrich of Racine, Wis.; five grandchildren: Danyel and Damon Collison, Justin, Ryan, and Ashley Aldrich; and four great-grandchildren, whom all survive. He leaves behind one brother, Marvin Freed of Florida; a special niece, Virginia Carmichael of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Karen; four sisters, Cora DeWeese, Josephine Hamilton, Phoebis and Mary Freed; and two brothers, Lee and Gene Freed.
The family would like to take this opportunity to thank Crystal, Lucy, Darcy, Lori, and all of the Third Floor Nurses, CNA's and employees of North Logan HealthCare for taking such wonderful care of our Dad, along with the nurses and CNA's on the Fourth floor of Presence USMC in Danville, and Transition's Hospice Groups Aaron, Heather, Jan, and Nicole. We don't know what we would have done without you. Thank you so much! Messages and memories may be left on our website at www.papefuneral.com, or on the Pape Family Funeral Home Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Melvin's name to an organization of the donor's choice.
Published on February 14, 2017
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