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Freeman E. Anderson, 89

Freeman E. Anderson, 89, died Feb. 4, in his home in El Cajon, Calif.

Born March 14, 1924, in Lawton, Wis., last in a family of nine children, seven of whom preceded him in death, along with his father and mother, Anton and Ida Anderson; and his loving wife Lorraine who died in 2003.

As a young boy he lived on a farm in Centerville, Wis. He was baptized and confirmed in Our Savior's Lutheran Church and attended school in River Falls, Wis. He enlisted in the Army in April 1943, serving in Germany during World War II until he was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in April 1946.

He married Lorraine Sather in April 1947, and soon after began working for Neil Slate Company. In the late 50's, he went into business for himself building homes in and around River Falls. For the next 25 years he continued building homes with the help of his devoted wife who worked on the job with him. Of all of Freeman's accomplishments, he was most proud of his family. Freeman was an inspiration and mentor to many who looked up to him.

In 1982, Freeman retired with his wife Lorraine to El Cajon, Calif., where he managed his numerous rental properties, enjoyed restoring classic cars, bowling, traveling, and welcoming visits from friends and family. He was also known for his ability to fix anything electrical or mechanical. He lived long enough to appreciate and perfect the quality of patience, spending his later years working on puzzles to pass the time, always with the companionship of his dog, Spike.

He is survived by his 3 children: Judy (Peter Albert), Ron, and Terry; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his sister, Nefa Madison-Rutz; many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews; and life-long friends.

Freeman will be remembered for the kindness and generosity he so graciously gave.

The family will hold a private service with military honors at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, Calif.