Rodney L. Freeman, 58, of Clear Lake, passed away on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 at his home with his wife by his side. The immediate family was there to send him to the Lord after his courageous battle with cancer. Pastor Will Hunsaker was also at his home.
Per Rodney’s wishes, his body has been cremated. A celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 at the Open Bible Church located at 609 South 8th Street, Clear Lake, with Pastor Will Hunsaker officiating. Dinner will be held after the service in the church basement.
Rodney is survived by his wife, Tamara; children, Austin Lynn Freeman, of Clear Lake, Amy Lynn Dosh, of Glenrock, Wyo., and Adam Nalan, of Mason City. Rod has three beautiful grandchildren, Logan, Zander, and Destiny Lindley, of Glenrock, Wyo., (who called him Pappa); sister, Shelleen (Mike) Elling, of Hampton, Iowa; nephew, Luke Meyer, of Mason City; niece, Jessica (Brian) Johnson, of Hampton; and many family members who loved him very much.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Rodney Lynn Freeman Memorial Fund in care of his family, P.O. Box 715, Clear Lake, Iowa, 50428.
He is preceded in death by his father, Donald Freeman; mother, Esther (Jensen) Freeman; grandparents, Donald and Florence (Betty) Freeman and Lawrence and Gwendolyn (Potter) Jensen, all of Hampton; uncles, Howard Freeman, of Hampton, Bill (Sue) Jensen, of Newton, Iowa, Donald (Linda) Jensen, of Oelwein, Iowa; aunts, Lois (Bud) Daum, of Buckeye, Iowa, and Barbara (John) Whipkey, of Hampton; and cousins, Jean (Stewart) Iverson, of Dows, Iowa, and Curt (Marsha) Jensen, of Washington, Iowa.
Rodney was born on Nov. 30, 1954 in Hampton, the son of Donald and Esther (Jensen) Freeman. Rodney’s father was an Air Force veteran, and growing up, the family lived in several locations. Rodney often reminisced about his two favorite places, Japan and Alaska. He graduated from Hampton High School in 1973 and then joined the United States Air Force. After completion of basic training in Biloxi, Miss., he was stationed at Opheim, Mont., as a radar technician. Upon leaving the Air Force, he moved back to Iowa, where he worked for Cerro Gordo County for 14 years, keeping our roads safe.
Rodney was a proud lifetime member of the VFW #4868 in Clear Lake, and an 18-year member of the Children’s Craniofacial Handicapped Organization. Rodney loved hunting, golfing with his son, and watching Dale Earnhardt NASCAR racing. Above all, his true passion was spending time with family and friends.
Iowa Cremation, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements.