Obituary William Freeman June 4, 2014

June 04, 2014

William Judson Freeman 

William Judson Freeman was born on August 3, 1918, and passed away May 9, 2014.  Known as “Bill,” he was a loving husband and father.  He and his wife, the former Norma Driver, were married for almost 65 years.

Bill was born in Hollywood, California to Judge William A. Freeman and Helen T. Freeman.  He had one sister, Marilyn Rafferty.  When he was in junior high school, the Freeman family moved to a ranch at the end of Aliso Canyon.  It was a big change, but one he and his family grew to love.  After the move, he attended Briggs School, and then Santa Paula High School.  After high school, he attended both Ventura College and Menlo College.

After college, Bill spent the majority of his life as a cattle rancher, both on the family ranch outside Santa Paula, and on his ranch in north central Arkansas.  He was always happiest when clearing new pastures and fixing roads.  A perfect work day involved his chainsaw and tractor.  He and Norma spent many wonderful years on the ranch in Arkansas.

When Bill was in his late 80s, he and Norma returned to Santa Paula where they were welcomed back by their many family members still living in Ventura County, who filled his life with love.

Bill was a loving parent and teacher.  He was a wonderful example of caring and generosity.  Although baptized in the Presbyterian Church as a child, as an adult he never became a member of an organized religion.  Nevertheless, he always made time on Sunday for reading the Bible (and Louis L’Amour), and his Monday Bible study group was a source of great comfort to him.

Bill is survived and will be greatly missed by his wife Norma; sons Lynn Freeman and Dean Freeman (and his wife Cindy); grandsons Chris Lang (and his wife Cindy) and Will Freeman; and great grandchildren Evan, Noah, Shelby and Riley.

A Memorial Service is scheduled at the Skillin-Carroll Mortuary in Santa Paula at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

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