John F. Freeman, 86, Kempton, passed away peacefully into the arms of God on Tuesday morning, April 9, 2019.

Born Oct. 11, 1932 in Indianapolis, he was the son of the late Cecil and Fern (Hadley) Freeman.

He was a 1946 graduate of Arsenal Tech High School. In his late teens, he migrated to farm near Pickard. Growing up in both the city and on a farm through the Depression and WW II, he learned the value of money and the hard work that it took to earn it, two valuable lessons that would serve him well during his life.

It was during his years on the farm that he would meet the love of his life, Katherine Friend. They were married Aug. 26, 1950 and would spend the next 69 years by each other's side.

Mr. Freeman  had several occupations throughout the years, working as a farmer, machinist, and truck driver to name a few. No matter what the task, he was always determined to do the best job possible, tirelessly striving to make a better life for his family.

When he wasn't working, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping, but in his later years, his focus turned to taking care of his home and yard. He spent many hours on his trusted Wheel Horse, keeping "Little New York" a green and beautiful place. He also loved traveling to hog shows with his buddies.

Mr. Freeman was a 50-year member and Past Master of the Pickard Masonic Lodge F&AM 690, a member of the Tipton County Shrine Club, and a proud member of the Sons of the American Legion at the K.V. Elliott Post 67 in Sheridan.

Survivors include his loving wife, Katherine "Tootie" Freeman; two sons, Keith (Marcia) Freeman of Kirklin and Steve "Pee Wee" Freeman of Kempton; a daughter, Johnanna (Kent) Bowling of Kempton; his sister, Catherine Dusing of Indianapolis; his brother, Dick (Linda) Freeman of Florida; six grandchildren, Jill (Justin) Swan, Anna (Don) Wolfe, Keta Spidel, Addie (Levi) Gattliff, Jake Sheldon and Arlene Davis; 10 great-grandchildren, Lukas Swan, Mylan Swan, Nolan Swan, Noah Wolfe, Ella Wolfe, Hallie Wolfe, Olivia Spidel, Landon Spidel, Owen Spidel and Wyatt Davis (all of whom knew him as "Pappy"); and by his Black Lab, Pippi-LuLu. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Phil and Paul Freeman; his sister, Florence Bandy; and by his daughter-in-law, Rita Freeman.

Family and friends may pay their respects from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2019 at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St. in Sheridan. A Masonic Service is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Scott-Scircleville Cemetery in Scircleville, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be presented to the Shriners Hospital for Children. A special thank you to everyone at Community North Hospital for the heartfelt care, respect and dignity you gave to Mr. Freeman and his family.