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Freeman V. Westrum

Aug 21, 2009

Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, rural Minnewaukan, for Freeman V. Westrum, 92, who died Wednesday, Aug. 12, at Southview Estates Senior Living in Rugby.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Freeman was born Nov. 16, 1916, on the family farm in Albert Township, rural Maddock, the son of Alfred and Magda (Torgunrud) Westrum. He was raised there and attended the township school. He farmed until entering the Army on Mar. 31, 1942. He served with the 90th Infantry Division during World War II and was wounded twice. Freeman received the Purple Heart and was discharged as a sergeant on Mar. 30, 1946. He returned to the farm in Albert Township. He married Eileen (Sears) Thompson on July 3, 1953, at Leeds Lutheran Church. The couple farmed until retiring in 1978. Freeman and Eileen began raising and selling registered Welsh ponies in 1959 as a hobby and received many trophies. They moved to Rugby in 1999, and in 2007 he moved to Southview Estates Senior Living.

He served as president of St. Olaf Lutheran Church. He also served on the Albert Township Board, Albert Township School Board and was a charter member of the Robert Tovsrud VFW Post #757 of Harlow.

He is survived by his wife; a brother, Wesley of Cheney, Wash.; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Thomas, in 1988; brothers, Clarence, Melford, Lawrence and Arnold; sisters, Norma Westrum, Alma Carey, Amanda Duart, Mable Skadeland, Olga Pierson and Gladys Halvorson.

Pastor Harold Ovre officiated. Music was provided by Carl Gilbertson, soloist, and Carol Thompson, organist.

Casketbearers were Larry Westrum, Brad Westrum, Douglas Pierson, Dennis Pierson, Gary Sears, Rodney Sears and Ralph Olson. Military rites were accorded by the Robert Tovsrud VFW Post #757 of Harlow.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Home, Maddock.

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