Robert M. Freeman

Robert M. Freeman, 83, of West Bend, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2009, at Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center in West Bend.

Robert was born on Dec. 12, 1925, in Wauwatosa to the late Joseph and Gladys (nee McMillan) Freeman. He graduated from Riverside High School and went on to serve his country honorably in the U.S. Army in France. Upon his discharge from the Army, he earned his bachelorís degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1950. On Aug. 29, 1953, Robert was united in marriage to Ethel Jorgensen in Milwaukee. They moved to West Bend and Robert earned his masterís degree in English in 1957. Robert was an exchange teacher in France from 1962 to 1963 and in England from 1968 1969. In 1974, he earned his masterís degree in French from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Robert was a French teacher at the West Bend High schools and Badger Middle School, where he enjoyed directing plays until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of the teacherís union and WEAC. He loved to travel, especially to Europe, was active in the West Bend Dance Club and the West Bend Beautification Committee. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel; two children, Julie Schultz of Cedarburg and Craig Freeman of Beaver Dam; two grandchildren, Lauren and Tyler Schultz; sister, Sandy (Bill) Bates of Portland, Ore.; brother-in-law, Bernard Kohler of Menomonee Falls; other relatives and dear friends.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; son, Scott Freeman; son-in-law, Bob Schultz; brother, Philip Freeman; and two sisters, Beatrice Brenneman and Linda Kohler.

A memorial service in remembrance of Robert will be held on Thursday, May 7, at 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 140 N. 7th Ave., West Bend. The Rev. David Schoob will officiate. Visitation will be at the church on Thursday from 5 p.m. until the time of service.

Memorials to the Friendship House at Cedar Community or COLUMNS are appreciated.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the family. Online guest book and condolences may be found at