Donald Freese


Wednesday, Nov. 18


Donald Freese was born on June 7, 1928, to Willie and Emma Freese at Wessington.  He grew up at Wessington, where he attended all 12 grades and graduated from Wessington High School in 1946.  He served in the US Army and was stationed in Germany and later served in Korea.  After his discharge from the service, he returned to South Dakota, where he worked as a bulldozer operator for Kies and Zestrow Construction in Hurley, where he met Beverly Breen.  

On Jan. 24, 1953, they were united in marriage and they lived in Hurley.  After 15 years in construction, he ran the local DX Gas Station for two years before purchasing a livestock truck and became an owner-operator in the trucking business for over 30 years. 

Being civil minded, he served on the Hurley City Council, Hurley Fire Department, American Legion, where he was past commander, past master and member of Joppa Masonic Lodge, United Methodist Church and the El Riad Shrine.  When not trucking and serving his community, he enjoyed NASCAR, attended several races throughout the US, enjoyed gardening and working outdoors, raised tomatoes and sweet corn to share with friends and neighbors, and won prizes at the Turner County Fair tallest sunflowers for over 25 years.  He was a very kind person and was always willing to help whenever needed, having many friends. 

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 67 years, Beverly; a daughter Lynne, Hurley; a granddaughter Ariel and husband Dobby O’Donnell, San Diego, Calif; brother Kenneth, Ariz.; three sisters, Virginia (Gordon) McGirr, Ariz., Bonnie Murphy, Ariz. and Jean (Bucky) O’Neal, Rapid City.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, June 28, at the United Methodist Church.    Arrangements provided by Hofmeister Jones Funeral Home.

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