Richard T. Freeman

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Richard Thomas Freeman, 78, died Aug. 14, 2004 at the hospice house in Payson. He was born Nov. 3, 1925 in York, Neb.

Mr. Freeman grew up in Altadena, Calif. where he was a child actor in the legendary Pasadena Playhouse. He attended Pasadena Elementary, High School and Community College until World War II broke out in 1941.

When the war started, the 17-year-old volunteered for the U.S. Navy. He was assigned to gunboats and LST landing craft as a gunner's mate and hydraulics specialist. He saw combat in the South Pacific and participated in landing Marines at the battle of Guadalcanal, a turning point in the fight for the South Pacific.

Mr. Freeman returned from the war on leave and met Peggy Jean Nichols. They later exchanged letters while he was in Okinawa.

He married Peggy Jean and together they raised three sons, Dennis, Thomas and James, while living in Denver, and Phoenix. Mr. Freeman was a 36-year employee/retiree for the Mountain Bell Telephone Company.

He was a devoted father and husband. His marriage to Peggy spanned 58 years.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004 at The Cathedral of Holy Nativity, 1414 N. Easy Street in Payson with a reception following at Crawford Hall.

Donations can be made to RTA Hospice, 511 S. Mud Springs Road, Payson, AZ 85541.

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