George W. Freeman


July 18, 1921 - June 25, 2018


George W. Freeman, 96, of Ethan died, Monday, June 25, 2018 at Firesteel Health Care Center in Mitchell.  Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Friday, June 29, at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.  Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Ethan.  Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Thursday at the Bittner Funeral Chapel.

George was born July 18, 1921 on a farm in rural Ethan to Frank and Esther (Meyer) Freeman.  He attended Worthen #4 school and graduated from Ethan High School in 1939. In 1943 he moved to the farm where he resided for nearly 70 years.  He married Erma Loomis on April 1, 1945 in Mitchell.  They welcomed three daughters into their lives.  His wife died suddenly on their 40th wedding anniversary on April 1, 1985. After his wife’s death, he enjoyed the companionship of Thelma Erpenbach until she passed away in 2006.  He spent his entire life farming and loved having coffee with friends at I-90, his favorite hangout in later years.   He loved to help other people and maintained the Ethan Hillcrest Cemetery for many years.  He also enjoyed hunting and was an avid trap shooter.

He served on the Ethan Lumber Company, Hanson Farm Mutual Insurance Company, Worthen Township and Hillcrest Cemetery Boards for many years.   He was a life-long member of the Ethan Methodist Church.

He is survived by his daughters Beverly (David) Morse of Menifee, CA; Mary Freeman of Mitchell, SD and Donna (Duane) Ennis of Lead, SD; three grandchildren, Elliot (Jenni) Ennis of Clemson, SC; Aaron (Tracy) Ennis of Gillette, WY and Erik (Carly) Morse of Fontana, CA, as well as four great-grandchildren, Embry, Kya, Kynnedy Ennis and Myla Morse, as well as many nieces and nephews.

George was preceded in death by his wife and his brothers and sisters, Frances, Don, Edwin, Dorothy and Phyllis, as well and several nephews and nieces.




Thursday, June 28, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Friday, June 29, 2018
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Hillcrest Cemetery
Ethan, South Dakota

Posted by Len Neugebauer on June 28, 2018
I remember working with George when I was still home on the farm. I especially remember helping him stack hay. He was a very nice man and a good farmer. My sympathies are extended to all of his family and friends.
Posted by Erik on June 28, 2018
My grandpa was a great man
Posted by Patricia Kelly on June 28, 2018
Sorry for your loss. He was a sweet neighbor
Posted by Gary Luckett on June 28, 2018
So Sorry to here of Georges passing. The kindest person I have ever met.
Posted by Vicky Herrick on June 27, 2018
Mary I am so sorry to read about your Dad. I have so many great memories of him. He was one of a kind. He had a wonderful life and you have so many special memories of him.
Posted by Sheila Hill on June 27, 2018
So sorry for your loss Mary & family. Peace & great memories be with you all.
Posted by Gary & Kay Shafer on June 27, 2018
We send our Sympathy to George Freeman family. George was probably the most helpful & considerate cemetery caretaker Hilcrest for years.
May all the good Memories of life with him bring you Comfort & Peace all the days.

GEORGE FREEMAN was a faithfilled person, may he enjoy the Happiness of Heaven, he so richly deserves.
Posted by Deb Young on June 27, 2018
I am so sorry to learn of your father's passing. George was such a nice person and we loved his sweet corn he always brought us as well. He took very good care of the records for the Hillcrest Cemetery and was always a joy to talk to when he brought us the burial record to file. He will be missed.
Posted by Althea Hofer on June 27, 2018
So sorry for your loss. It's been many, many years since church activities in Ethan. Thoughts and prayers to Georges daughters.
Posted by Harry,Linda, Edweena Brinker on June 27, 2018
I cared for George at Firesteel Health Care. He was very kind resident to take care of. I will miss him. Linda-one of his nurses.
Posted by Craig Robbins on June 27, 2018
I am saddened to read that George has passed away. I had the pleasure and good fortune to shoot trap on the same team with him for a number of years at the Mitchell Gun Club. He was a good shooter but more importantly a fine gentleman. Thank you for the memories George! My deepest sympathy to his family.
Posted by Roger L. Heiter on June 27, 2018
I was one of George's friends who very much enjoyed His EARLY Morning coffee visits before going to work ! ( George was a GREAT Guy & loved ALL His stories ) Will ALWAYS remember His Kind Way - and gentleness ...... Such a Kind & GOOD person, So sorry for your loss of George. He will be missed by MANY !!!!!!!
Sign George W. Freeman's Guestbook
Your Name