Walter Freel Obituary

Walter Ray Freel
Ray Freel
Walter Ray Freel

July 5, 1925 - December 6, 2011
Born in Swan, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Walter Ray Freel, 86, passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at Bright Kavanagh House. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 9, 2011 at Iles Funeral Homes – Grandview Park Chapel. Visitation will be from 10-11:00 a.m., Friday, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Lowman Cemetery near Runnells, IA.

Ray was born the son of Harry and Goldia Freel on July 5, 1925 in Swan, Iowa and grew up in Runnells. Ray worked on the family farm and faithfully served in the US Army Military Police during World War II. On October 8, 1949 he was united in marriage to Wilma Baker and they moved to Des Moines. Ray worked as a propane service man, retiring from Ferrellgas in 1990. Ray loved his two granddaughters and enjoyed gardening, working in his yard, hunting, fishing, watching auto racing and playing softball. He was a longtime member of Unity Lutheran Church.

Ray is survived by his wife of 62 years, Wilma; daughter, Cindy Freel; son, Mike (Julia) Freel; granddaughters, Kathryn (Travis) Knoop and Nicole (Robbie) Merkle; siblings: Ruth Marks, Elsie Wade, Bill (Sandy) Freel, Earl (Marilyn) Freel, Mary Ann Freel, Martha (Caryl) McClure and David Freel; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Rex, Jack, Jim, Larry and Bob Freel and Betty Louise Deer.

Memorials may be directed to Unity Lutheran Church or Bright Kavanagh House.

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Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Friday, December 9, 2011
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Friday, December 9, 2011
11:00 AM
Lowman Cemetery
SE Vandalia Road
Runnells, IA US
Friday, December 9, 2011


Unity Lutheran Church
1450 East 33rd Street
Des Moines, IA 50317