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December 25, 2012

Richard G. (Dick) Freyermuth

MEADVILLE — Richard G. (Dick) Freyermuth, 79, of Meadville, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at Meadville Medical Center.

He was born June 16, 1933, in Meadville, a son of H. Arden and Clarice Gillette Freyermuth. He married Bettie DeGroodt, June 28, 1958.

Dick was a 1951 graduate of Cochranton High School and was the class president. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army in France as an aid to the general.

Dick was a self-employed contractor with his father, Freyermuth Builders, and subsequently took over the family business. Known for his quality building, he built many homes on the Franklin Pike as well as Fanning’s tool shop and the East Fairfield Township building.

A member and past elder of St. Mark’s United Church of Christ, Dick was very involved in the Masonic Lodge. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 234, Scottish Rite Bodies of Erie, Kismet Grotto and it’s Mystic Club where he was the director from 1973 to 1975, Zem Zem Shrine Temple, Erie, having served as potentate in 1987, Royal Order of Jesters and was director from 2002 to 2003, imperial representative on the board of directors of the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Erie, and was imperial representative emeritus, Crawford County Shrine Club and was a member and past president of the Crawford County Motor Patrol.

Dick also was a 50-year member of Meadville Elks Lodge 219, member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Meadville Eagles Aerie 423, and Conneaut Lake Park Fire Hall Station 5, member and past president of the Crawford County United Cerebral Palsy board of directors, served on the Crawford County School advisory council from 1977 to 1982, and was a former East Fairfield Township supervisor. He was also a member of Huidekoper VFW Post 2006.

Survivors, in addition to his loving wife, Bettie, of 54 years, include a son, Scott Freyermuth of Meadville; a sister, Norma Knutson and her husband, Donald, of Little Rock, Ark.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Glen, James and Robert Freyermuth.

Calling hours will be Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Robert W. Waid Funeral Home, 581 Chestnut St., Meadville, with a Masonic service at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Cabari service.

The funeral service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Russell Hines, pastor of St. Mark’s United Church of Christ, officiating.

Interment will be in Greendale Cemetery, with military honors provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2006, Meadville.

Memorials may be made to St. Mark’s United Church of Christ, 6650 Franklin Pike, Meadville, Pa. 16335; or Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 1645 W. Eighth St., Erie, Pa. 16505.

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