James Edward Freeman

1943-2009



Jim Freeman, 66, of Medford, Ore., died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009 at Providence Medical Center, of complications following open-heart surgery on Sept. 11, 2009

Jim was born Jan. 4, 1943 to Elizabeth Stilke Freeman and William Freeman in Chicago, Ill. In 1963, he married Esther Elizabeth Leach in Baudette, Minn., and they moved to Oregon's Rogue Valley in 1973.

Though they later divorced, they remained the closest of lifelong friends. Their two daughters, Melisa, born in 1968, and Angela, born in 1971, were the sunshine in Jim's life.

Jim served his country in the United States Air Force from 1960 to 1966. Real estate was his primary career, and he loved nothing better than helping others find a perfect place to live; the valley is filled with clients who went on to become close friends. He closed his real estate office, All Seasons, in 2000 and finished his working years at Lippert's Carpet One. After retiring in 2005, he enjoyed working on home improvement projects, volunteering, traveling and spending time with his family, especially his grandson, Ryder.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth and William; and his brother, Arthur. He will be missed and remembered by his sisters, Elizabeth Ficchi, Beach Park, Ill., Barbara Frayer, Ravenna, Mich. and Vicki Blackmon, Blountsville, Ala.; brothers, Robert Freeman, New Phila, Ohio and William Freeman, Coppell, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Melisa and Eric Knutson, Medford, Ore., daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Kevin Tiene Cupertino, Calif.; grandchildren, Ryder, Isabel and Carmen; step-granchildren, Felicia, Derek, Sophia and Fiona; and the many other friends and family members whose lives he touched.

Those who knew Jim knew him as a vibrant, caring, loving man. He always had time for his family, especially his children and grandchildren. He looked forward to summertime, when he could hang out with family by the pool in his backyard and just be together. He was the embodiment of a true friend and neighbor, always making time to chat or help with a project. His sense of humor was one of his most endearing features, whether he was dressing up for Halloween or just telling a good joke. He will be, and is already, missed by us all. His spirituality and sense of self were evident in the way he lived and the way he treated others, and is summed up by the outgoing message on his answering machine, Have a peace-filled day.

There will be a memorial gathering at Jim's residence on Saturday, October 3rd at — p.m. Anyone who wishes to remember and celebrate his life is welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting contributions toward the purchase of a memorial bench at Jacksonville Cemetery in Jim's honor, to the Freeman Family Trust, P.O. Box 1124, Jacksonville, OR, 97530.

Jim's family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of the Providence Critical Care Unit for their compassionate, loving care.