Rev. Dr. Ellsworth E.
Freyer, 81 |
March 25, 1935 — May 25, 2016
Rev. Dr. Ellsworth E. Freyer, 81, of Cedarburg, left this earth to join his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.
He leaves his faithful and devoted wife, Kay; loving children, Kimberlyn Hahn (the late Brad), Joellyn Hammond (Tom), Kristin Mages (Dave), Jay Freyer and Lt. Col. Jonathan Freyer (Jacqueline); proud grandchildren, Meghan Doty (Ryan), Kaelyn Forston (Chris), Kristan Schmidt (Dan), Jeffrey, Douglas and Jacob Hammond, Joshua and Amanda Mages, Robert, Kennedy and Tillman Freyer; great grandchild, Jack Forston. Dear brother of Charlotte Maile (John), Bernice King (Jack), Virginia Borck (Larry) and Darlene Kleinow (Robert).
Ellsworth was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Olga (Splett) and sister, Alvera Box. Also survived by many other relatives and numerous friends.
Pastor Freyer was born on March 25, 1935, in Waukesha. He graduated in 1958 from Carthage College in Carthage, Ill., and from Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary 1961 in Minneapolis. Ellsworth was very proud to have received an honorary Doctorate degree from Carthage College. He was also proud to have volunteered over a 30-year span as a Team Motivator for football teams at Carthage College in Kenosha, Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon and Homestead High School in Mequon.
His first parish from 1961-1969 was at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Green Bay, where he served for seven years. Second parish, 1967-1969, was at Holy Communion in Racine. He was the Pastor of Christ Church in Mequon from 1969 until 1997, when he retired.
Moving to Cedarburg in 2007 didn’t change any of his volunteer work within the community. In 1985, he was given the “Jack Price Excellence in Chaplaincy Award” from the International Conference of Police Chaplains, where he was a longtime member since 1981 and is now a lifetime member and attended almost 30 of the annual training sessions. In 2008 he was presented the “Optimist of the Year Award” in recognition for exceptional efforts and ongoing contributions to further the Optimist Purposes by the MT Optimist Club.
In 2009 he was given the “William W. Wagner Excellence in Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Award” for more than 30 years of exceptional service as a Law Enforcement Chaplain by the International Conference of Police Chaplains Region #4. Also in 2009 he was added to the Homestead High School Athletic Hall of Fame for inspiring Homestead students for more than 25 years, serving as the team motivator for wrestling, softball and football. His presence at practices and athletic contests remains a source of encouragement for students to think positively and work together. A recurring theme he shared is that those with special gifts possess a responsibility to share their talents and assist others in need.
Known as a friend of youth in the community, he has helped many students realize it is good to dream and that dreams can come true.
In 2012, Curtis C. Gielow, former mayor of Mequon, granted him the title of “Emeritus Public Safety Chaplain” for a remarkable job well done for the city of Mequon.
The family would like to thank the Medical Group at Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee for their excellent care of Ellsworth during his short stay this past week.
A service to honor his life will be held on Tuesday May 31, 2016, TODAY at St. John Lutheran Church, 1193 Lakefield Road in Grafton, with visitation from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 5 p.m. There will be a private burial at Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery in Pewaukee. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. John Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.