M. Freeman Brown passed away on March 14, 2018, in Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of 93.
He was born on September 4, 1924, in Dickson, Tennessee, to Carl and Essie Brown. He was the sixth of nine children. He joined the U.S. Navy in December 1942, at the age of 18. In 1943 while stationed at 29 Palms Naval Base, he met and fell in love with Pauline Caldwell. Freeman and Pauline were married on July 29, 1944 in Modesto, California. In 1946 they moved to Ainsworth, Nebraska, where their first child was born. They raised their family in Omaha, Nebraska, and lived in Pendleton, Oregon, from 1976-2009, and then returned to Omaha. They were married almost 67 years and were blessed with 11 children and close to 200 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Most important in Freeman’s life was his relationship with God. He loved studying and reading the Bible. He spent many years as an elder in the Church of Christ, and was happy when he was helping others. He worked very hard to provide for his family.
Freeman is survived by his children Carlton and wife Wende of Bee Cave, Texas, Paul and wife Lois of Omaha, Karleen Price and husband Lloyd of Broken Bow, Okla., Diana Dulaney and husband David of Omaha, Russell of Omaha, Raylene Ellis and husband Terry of Pendleton, Susan Brown and husband Danny Cawthon of Omaha, Dale and wife Kimberly of Claremore, Okla., Karen Brown Smith and husband K.C. Smith of Pendleton, Greg and wife Marilyn of Pendleton, and Sterling and wife Frances of Pendleton. He is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, two sisters, Beulah Tyler and Thelma Caldwell, and several nieces and nephews.
Freeman was preceded in death by his wife Pauline, his parents, great-granddaughter Katie Bohnenkamp, brothers Clint, J.D., Roy, Harold and Glenn, and sister Ona Chandler.
Services will be on Monday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sunny Slope Church of Christ, 3606 N. 108th St., Omaha, Neb.; internment at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 7909 Mormon Bridge Road in Omaha.