EDWARDSBURG, Mich. — Robert Dale Freimund, of Edwardsburg, passed from this life to his heavenly home on Thursday, May 16, 2019, just one day before his 99th birthday. He was enjoying a beautiful day on his property doing what he enjoyed and died as a result of a fall.
He was born in Elkhart, in his parents’ home, the youngest of three children of Benjamin and Daisy Freimund. He married Vera M. Smith Jan. 18, 1942, in his parents’ home in Adamsville, Michigan. After 69 years of marriage, she preceded him in death April 30, 2011.
Two weeks after getting married, Bob was called to train with the U.S. Army. He served in World War II and worked as a machinist in the 833 Engineers Aviation Battalion in the European Arena for three years. He served honorably, including entering D-Day on Omaha Beach. Months after his return, the couple’s first baby boomer arrived, Janet Diane. Betty Mae was the second one and Rebecca Marie came along later.
Bob loved working outside and was the owner and operator of an excavating company, Freimund Construction Co. He built many of the local roads, dug basements and created the beautiful property that the family called home for over 62 years. Bob also served on the Cass County Road Commission for several years.
Robert will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is survived by three daughters, Jan Kiester of Granger, Betty (Michael) Standiford of South Bend, Becky Freimund of Niles; six grandchildren, Michelle (John) Karren, Jason (Janie) Kiester, Mickey (Kelly) Standiford, Amanda (Chris) Johnson, Jennifer (Tim) Stein, Joseph (Michella) Dangler; 14 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death one sister, Jeanette Mechling; and one brother, Clinton Freimund.
Family and friends will gather from 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 24, until time of service at 1 p.m. in First Pentecostal Church, 27341 U.S. 12, Edwardsburg, with Pastor Robert Geans officiating.
Robert will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife, Vera, and son-in-law, W. Scott Kiester, in Adamsville Cemetery in Edwardsburg, when he will be afforded full military Honors.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis. A memory or a message can be shared online: wagnercares.com.