Herbert Henry Freese, 90, of North Liberty, formerly of Allison, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at Lantern Park Specialty Care in Coralville. He was born on April 13, 1930, in Waverly, Iowa, son of Andrew and Martha (Habbinga) Freese. Herbert was baptized at Ebenezer Lutheran Church of rural Butler Center.
Herbert grew up on a farm southeast of Butler Center and went to Jefferson #1 thru the 4th grade until his parents enrolled him in St. Paul's Lutheran Day School, where he was confirmed and then graduated in 1944. He attended Allison High School, graduating in 1948 and attended Wartburg College from 1948 to 1949.
Herbert was united in marriage to Maxine Westendorf on October 2, 1949, at St. James Lutheran Church in Allison. Maxine preceded him in death. He then married Mary Severs on July 2, 2005, at Community United Methodist Church in Clarksville.
Herbert was a grain and dairy Farmer. He showed registered Holstein cattle all over Iowa and was a member of the Bremer-Butler Dairy Association.
Herbert was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Allison and was active with the Lutheran Brotherhood. He was also active with the Butler County Red Cross, the Bremer-Butler Hospice, was on both the Butler County Farm Bureau and FS boards. Herb helped start the Allison Food Pantry. Herbert was on the Butler County Historical Society and Genealogy Society, was once president of Butler Center Cemetery Association, was a member of the Allison Lions Club, served on the Allison Park Board and was part of Trees Forever.
Herbert is survived by his wife Mary Freese of North Liberty, son Kendall (Marsha) Freese of Diamond Springs, California, daughter Marlene (Rick) Miller of Ankeny, daughter Sydney (Randy) Brinkman of Allison, daughter Leanne Schipper (friend Ron Rivers) of Nashua, grandchildren Emily (Brock) Weers, Erin Miller, Jeri (Paul) Wendzel, Sara (Brad) Randall, Jade (Michael) Macke, Dane (Emily) Schipper, Drew Schipper, Jena Schipper, nine great-grandchildren, brother-in-law Dean (Barb) Westendorf, step-children Sheila (Mark) Loveland and Cyndy Marx, and four step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Andrew and Martha Freese, and first wife Maxine.
Memorial contributions may be given to Herbert's family for future disbursement to local charities and organizations.
Due to COVID-19, friends and relatives should wear a mask and practice social distancing leaving six feet between each group for both the visitation and funeral service. For those attending Herbert's funeral service, please bring a chair.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 29, 2020, at Butler Center Cemetery, rural Allison. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, June 28, 2020, at the Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home in Allison.
Mary , our prayers are with you. Just read about this on line tonight. Been thinking of you real often. Hope we can get together again soon. We still live in Waverly but moved to a different apartment last Oct .
we are pretty good but have health issues.
call us sometime 319-559-2237
Herb was so generous with his time helping everyone with their genealogy research. It looks like he threw himself into many groups and activities and will be missed by many.
Herb was such a sweet friendly man and made us feel so welcome at St. James when we first came to Allison. Know he will be missed by many. Our sympathies to the family. Bonnie and Jim Graser
Leanne and family, Sorry to hear of your father's passing. My sympathy and condolences to you.
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