Obituary of Melvin Freeman (2021) – Omaha, NE
May 3, 1929 – November 20, 2021
Melvin Jerome “Jerry” Freeman was a husband, father, uncle, coach, grandfather, great-grandfather, sports enthusiast and true friend to many. Above all, for those who knew him, he was a good guy, actually a great guy.
Freeman has lived his entire life in Omaha, quite proud of having graduated from Dundee School (’43) and Central High School (’47). He remained a proud supporter and promoter of these schools throughout his life. In 1951, Freeman graduated from the University of Michigan and married Joanne Levey. They raised three children and remained married until his death in 2019.
Freeman served on active duty in the United States Air Force as a first lieutenant during the Korean War, then joined the Reserves as a captain based at Offutt Air Force Base.
If asked what he does for a living, the answer completely depended on his mood. He was the president of the Saxe-Freeman Company; a frequent contributor to a variety of trade journals; an official USTA certified referee; an inductee into the Nebraska Tennis Association Hall of Fame; and member of the Nebraska Dry Cleaners Hall of Fame. At the very least, Freeman’s life was colorful and full of variety. He worked with the City of Omaha during the early planning stages of what is now the city’s cycle path network, founded the Wheels to Meals Bicycle Club, and was a member of numerous boards and clubs. civic.
Always honest, always humble, Freeman treated everyone as if they were important to him – because they were. When you were in his company, you were the recipient of his undivided attention.
Able to vividly recall his many wonderful winters in South Florida, Freeman has spent the past few years not on the water with a fishing rod in hand, but with his new friends and second family at home. Rose Blumkin.
Freeman was predeceased by his 68-year-old wife, Joanne; and his brother, Harry L. Freeman. Survived by children, Bob (Robyn), John (Karen) and Ellen; five amazing grandchildren: Adam (Allie), Alex (Brian Zuerlein), Allyson (Geoff Silverstein), Lauren (Matt Sculnick) and Susan; without forgetting the great-grandchildren: Palmer, Tinley, Sophy, Simon, Isabelle, Charles, Archer and Captain; Beloved sister-in-law, Lucy Freeman and equally important nieces and nephews.
MEMORIAL SERVICE to be held on December 27, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. at Temple Israel, Omaha, NE. Memorials suggested to Temple Israel, 13111 Sterling Ridge Drive, Omaha NE 68114, or charity of your choice.
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Posted by Omaha World-Herald on December 19, 2021.