James Russell Freeman

                    June 16, 2009

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IDAHO FALLS, ID -- James R. “Jim” Freeman, 88, of Idaho Falls, died June 16, 2009, three days prior to his 89th birthday.

Jim was born June 19, 1920, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was the only child of Russell and Zell Freeman. He was raised and educated in Idaho Falls, and he graduated from Idaho Falls (Central) High School in 1938. He then attended The University of Idaho (Southern branch) in Pocatello, Idaho.

Jim joined the United States Army in July 1942. During his service, he met his wife Mary E. Shafer. They were married in November 1943, shortly before he was shipped off to Europe. One of the highlights of his military service was his participation in D-Day operations as a Radar Specialist. After the War, Jim and Mary returned to Moscow, Idaho to continue their education. Upon graduation from the U of I in 1948, the family returned to Idaho Falls, where he joined his father in the insurance business.

Throughout his life, Jim was active in civic duties. He was a long time member of the Elks Lodge, Rotary, and served for 16 years on the Idaho Falls City Council. His passion while serving on the council was the Parks and Recreation program. Jim was very proud of his efforts toward the beautification of the city and creating recreational opportunities for all.

Jim left the insurance business to become an entrepreneur and created Cable Scene Magazine, a weekly cable TV programming guide. It was in this publication that Jim was able to express himself and the love for his family and community though his weekly editorial. After retirement, Jim and Mary spent their winters in Arizona and summers in Idaho. In their later years, they returned year-round to their home in Idaho Falls to be closer to family.

Jim loved the game of golf, a big trout caught with a spinner and worm, and a challenging cross word puzzle. He enjoyed sports of all kinds, whether played by his favorite team or his children and grandchildren.

Survivors are:
Daughter: Cheryl (Richard) Rockwell, Long Beach, CA
Daughter: Jill (Roger) McQueen, Salt Lake City, UT
Daughter: Judy D’Andrea, Idaho Falls, ID
Son: Jim (Kareen) Freeman, Jr. Idaho Falls, ID
He was the proud grandfather of 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary in 2007, and one great granddaughter. His family is especially grateful to his neighbor and friend Debi Taylor and his “best friend” and care giver, Audra Bergener.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 22, 2009 at Wood Funeral Home, 273 North Ridge Avenue. The family will visit with friends for one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery with military rites performed by the Bonneville County Veteran’s Team and the Idaho Honor Guard. After the burial, a celebration of Jim’s life will be held at Pinecrest Golf Course from 3 - 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the City of Idaho Falls Parks and Recreation Department, Attention: Green Belt Fund, P.O. Box 50220, Idaho Falls, ID 83405. A video tribute of Jim’s life may be viewed and condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.


Condolences received online:

Holly & Evan Cook
Such a wonderful man. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. He did raise some pretty incredible children!

Marge & Greg Burggraf
We are so saddened to hear about Jim. Our thoughts & prayers are with his beautiful family now & always. I never hear "Nite & Day" but what I think of Jim. He will be missed terribly.
Much love, Marge B.

Jeannie Rowe
We are sad to hear of Jim's passing. Jim was a very good friend to our father, Bus Packer. They were great golfing buddies. You are in our thought and prayers. May God give you comfort and strength during this difficult time.
Jeannie Rowe and family

Robert Bauchman
I am so sorry for the loss of your father. Jim was one of my best friends and he will be missed. I am truly overwhelmed! He was doing so good and told me that he was going to live to 90. I will miss him.
My sincere sympathy, Bob and Alice Bauchman

Patrick Boyd
Our prayers are with the whole family. Jim, and Kreen we miss you guys at hockey. God Bless.
Patrick and Kimberley Boyd

Barbara Shafer
Uncle Jim, how I will miss you. Miles kept us apart, but you were always in my heart, my favorite and dear uncle. I will have fond memories of the summers on the farm in Michigan, the infectious smile of yours that warmed my heart, the kind ear you lent, the soft tones in your words of advice, and huge hugs when we surprised you with visits to Idaho. You were one in a million and will be sorely missed by many.
For my cousins and their families, you’re in my thoughts and prayers.
Your Dad was the best.

Pam (Smith) Peacock
Your father has and always will hold avery, very special place in my heart. I have so many fond memories of my young childhood and your wonderful Dad and loving family. I picture Jim with Court now looking down on us and celebrating the great children and grandchild they are responsible for!

Margie Smith
To Cheryl, Jill, Judy and Jim- I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Jim and Court were college friends and business partners and they shared a love for Idaho Falls. We treasure the many memories of our families spending time together. We will long remember Jim as valued friend and for his important work as an active trustee of our community. Thinking of you at this difficult time - Margie

Tammy Bybee Harmon
My childhood memories are filled with camping trips with the gang. We were the luckiest kids in the world. I loved Jim and Mary Freeman and my prayers are with you Cheryl, Judy, Jill and Jim.

Eileen Combo
My deepest sympathy on Jim's death. My prayers are with all of you.

I'm so very sorry to learn of Jim's passing. My sympathies and prayers go out for his children and their children. My friendship with Jim goes all the way back to our high school days when we used to harmonize.

Rick Elliott
My thoughts to all of the Freeman family. I have many wonderful memories of time spent at the house on 13th Street. Jim and Mary were a huge part of my childhood.

Janel Campbell
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I have great memories of coming into to see Jim and Mary. I think so often of them and the personal gift they gave our family with their dog Max. My kids always referred to them as "Max's Mom and Dad." Your parents were truly "Unforgettable." Words are inadequate to express how they have touched our lives, and thank you for the opportunity to know them. May the Lord bless you with peace in this difficult time is our sincere hope.
With love the Campbell Family

Terry (Felts) Varacalle
I was so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. My sister, Kim, described the beautiful service you had in honor of his kind and loving spirit. I was deeply moved by that and regret that I was unable to be there. I have such fond memories of growing up (a Franklin kid) with the Freeman kids and all those great camping experiences over the years. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Love to all,
Terry (Las Vegas)

Sally Bohl (Kroll)
Cheryl, Jill, Judy & Jimmy,
I am so saddened by the passing of your Dad. As I think back of how many fond memories I have of him and of your family I realize what a big part of my childhood are with your family. Your Dad always called me Saliver!
Love to all of you, Sally

Dane Watkins
I want to send my condolences on the recent passing of your father. He will be missed by all who knew him, He was a great person and his outstanding accomplishments will always be remembered by our community. Sherry and I want you to know that out prayers are with you and your family.



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Death: June 16, 2009

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