Ronald Wayne Freel

Ronald Wayne Freel, 88, of Millersburg passed away April 3, 2017 at Evergreen Care Home. He was born July 13, 1928 in Millersburg to William and Anna (Peetz) Freel. He married Louise Devitt August 19, 1950. Ron gave her the nickname “Spike.”


He started his life as a partner with his father at the sawmill and as a lumberjack. He was partners with brother John at Freel Brothers Builders. They built many homes in Presque Isle and Alpena counties. He loved to hunt deer and pheasant. Everyone in the area will remember him for his Model T Ford that he drove through many parades. Most will remember him as Uncle Ron or the Candy Man to the children. He had a strong faith in his Lord and Savior and was a member of the Ocqueoc Baptist Church.

Ron is survived by his wife of 66 years, Louise; six children, Margie Freel of Millersburg, Ronetta (Marty) Smith of Cadillac, Dawn (Larry) Badgero of Bay City, Ron (Lisa) Freel of Hawks, Tim Freel of Millersburg and Kevin (Katie) Freel of Millersburg; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Arthur Freel of Menominee; three sisters, Eva (Lyle) McDonald of Tucson, Arizona, Dorothy (Roger) Mercer of Traverse City and Fern (Reg) Hitchcock of Onaway; three sisters-in-law, Eleanor Freel of Onaway, Grace Freel of Millersburg and Marge Freel of Alpena; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Anna; six brothers, Irvin, George, Billie, Ralph, John and Earl; and a sister, Violet McLennan.

Friends may visit at the Beck Funeral Home Friday, April 7, from 5 until 8 p.m. Visitation will resume Saturday at Ocqueoc Baptist Church from 10 a.m. through time of his funeral at 11a.m. with
the Rev. Bud Smith officiating.

Inurnment will take place at Riverside Cemetery at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Bethel Youth Camp or any Christian originations of your choice in memory of Ron Freel.

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