STANLEY FREET, 97, passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Grovertown, Indiana, Stanley worked as an instrument polisher and inspector with G.C. Conns Instrument Manufacturing Company and with 2 other instrument companies in Elkhart, IN. He joined the Army July 1, 1942 and served along with General Patton during WWII at one time in one of the 5 countries he fought in. Stanley was a horseshoe pitching champion, pitched in several baseball leagues, and bowled on men and couples bowling leagues. He was also an avid bingo player. Stanley and his wife traveled all of the United States, parts of Canada and Mexico. They attended his army reunion for many years each summer.
After retirement, Stanley lived at North Webster Lake and he and his wife would winter in Ft. Myers Florida. He enjoyed living on the lake, riding their pontoon, fishing and ice fishing, and having large fish fry get-togethers.
After the death of his wife, Stanley moved to Fort Wayne to be close to his family. From 2010 to present, Stanley put together puzzles. He later started selling them for donations to give to The Honor Flight. He earned enough money to send a WWII veteran free of charge.
Surviving are his brother, Marshall Freet of Mishawaka, IN; niece, Ginny Bilby of Fort Wayne; great niece, Gina (Dave Days) Dumas of Fort Wayne; great-nephews, Doug (Jonele) Bilby of Fort Wayne and David (Becky) Teter of FL; great-great-nieces, Lydai (Dan) Sparling of Fort Wayne, Morgan Callahan of Fort Wayne, Erin Callahan of Fort Wayne and Crystal Campbell of FL; great-great-nephews, Justin (Kirsten Studebaker) Bilby of Fort Wayne, Riley Bilby of Fort Wayne, Raymond Campbell and D. J. Campbell, both of Fort Wayne; great-great-great nephews Isaac, Rylin and Jaxson. Having had 9 siblings, Stanley had many nieces and nephews.
Stanley was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy Mae (Drummond) Freet; mother Eva Freet; father, Frank Freet; and 8 brothers and sisters; and niece, Brenda Teter.
Military Honors Service was 1:00 pm, Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at – D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Avenue. Calling at – D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Burial in Rice Cemetery, Elkhart, Indiana. To sign the online guest book, go to www.domccombandsons.com.
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