Edwin F. Freed

Born: Sun., Jun. 5, 1949
Died: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019


12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Mon., Feb. 18, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Mon., Feb. 18, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

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Edwin F. Freed, age 69, of Griggsville, IL passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at his home.  He was born on June 5, 1949 in Pittsfield, IL to Lee and Reba Miller Freed.  He married Debbie Connour on August 20, 1970 at the Griggsville United Methodist Church, and she survives.

Edwin, also referred to as Pops, Poppy, and Edzkee, graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1967.  He joined the United States Navy in 1969 and was Honorably Discharged in 1973, earning the National Defense Service Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, and the Expeditionary Medal for his service.  He went on to work for the State of Illinois Aeronautics Division and retired in 2001.  Edwin enjoyed retirement, spending a lot of time with friends and family.  He was a member of the Chatham Jaycees and was of Christian faith.  He enjoyed racing dwarf and sprint cars, as well as hunting, fishing, and four wheeling.  He especially loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Debbie; two daughters, Shawn (Gorden) Smith of Springfield, IL and Erica (Todd) Schuetz of Valley City, IL; granddaughters, Keely Smith, Ashley Smith, and Courtney Smith; a brother, Roy (Merrie) Freed of Washington; sister, Virginia Carmichael of Florida; brother-in-law, Dick (Kandis) Connour and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother-in-law, Robert Carmichael.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 18, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield.  Visitation will be prior to the service on Monday from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at the funeral home.   Interment will be at a later date.  Memorials are suggested to the Griggsville Cemetery.  Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com.  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Edwin's memory to the following organization:

Griggsville Cemetery

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John Lowry
   Posted Mon February 11, 2019
Eddie was a friend, neighbor, and classmate. We grew up on Grant Street in Pittsfield about four houses from one another. I'll always carry a good thought for Eddie because of his good nature. He will be missed.

Judy Rundell
   Posted Tue February 12, 2019
When I was a child, I remember visiting my grandparents and "Uncle Ed". He was more like a cool older cousin than an uncle. For many years I kept a stuffed animal blue dog which he won at a carnival and gave to me. He gave my sister a different animal. My memories are of a person who enjoyed laughter and fun, helpful and kind to all. He will be missed.

Byrl Rhoads
   Posted Tue February 12, 2019
I didn't know Ed but went to school and graduated with his sister, Virginia and do remember Roy. I am so very sorry to hear of his passing and send my heartfelt condolences to his family, Virginia and Roy and their families. May God give you peace and comfort in this time of sadness..Byrl & John Rhoads

Roger and Dorothy Yaeger
   Posted Tue February 12, 2019
Roy and Merrie, we are very sorry to hear of your brother's passing. We are sorry we will miss seeing you as we will be out of town for the visitation. You have our deepest sympathy .

Robin Hobson
   Posted Wed February 13, 2019
Erica and Todd so very sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Steven and Jean Shaw
   Posted Fri February 15, 2019
Ed was a childhood playmate,classmate,hunting buddy and friend and all
around great guy.He touched many lives and will be missed by many. Our family extends our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the Freed family.



Judy conway
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
So sorry for the loss of your dad and husband We didn’t know him real well but the short time we did he was a great man if it wouldn’t of been for Ed helpingus move we would of never got it done Prayers with you all so wish I could come to pay my respect but unfortunately I am in Texas dealing with a grief and broken heart myself. Bless y’all The Conways

Ruby Collins Thomas
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
So sorry for your loss, Pops was a patient in my cardiac rehab. services I so enjoyed having him. Prayers to all the family during this most difficult time. RIP Pops

Linda Bloomfield
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
I am so very sorry for your loss. I have great memories of Eddie from when we were younger. Dad made several trips to Pittsfield to visit Grandma and Uncle Lee and I was normally tagging along. I loved Eddie and I just wanted you to know my thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Sending hugs to all of you!

Wally Smart
   Posted Sat February 23, 2019
Debbie and family....Eddie (I know, but that is who I knew) was our drummer, bud and friend. So sorry that he is gone but happy that we could catch up at the reunion. It is always difficult to hear about the loss of another classmate...but I am glad for the memories. As I promised Ed two years ago, if I ever find the audio to one of our practice sessions, I will send it to you. So sorry for your loss.

John Welch
   Posted Wed March 13, 2019
Sorry for your loss Ed was a great guy and a hard worker. I work with Ed for several years in aircraft maintenance and appreciated his help all the things I learned from him. God bless Ed and all his of his family.

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