Edward C. Freeman, 83, of Center Point, died Monday, April 20, 2009, at Mercy Medical Center, from emphysema. Services were held Thursday, April 23, at First Christian Church in Center Point by Rev. John Caughron, Rev. Jeff Ginn, and Rev. Galen Banashak. Visitation was April 22 at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Center Point. Burial was in Dunkard Cemetery, rural Toddville, with military honors.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Alma; two daughters; Pat (Dale) Cress and Paula (Albert) Brown, all of Center Point; five grandchildren, Matthew (Lyndsay) Cress of Ankeny, Eric (Amber) Cress of North Liberty, Megan Cress of Cedar Rapids, Jacob (Rebecca) Freeman of Alamogordo, N.M., and Paige Brown of Center Point; two step grandchildren; Jeremy Brown of Center Point and Josh (Chris) Brown of VanHorne; a step-great-grandchild, Morgan Brown of VanHorne; and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are two sisters, Dorothy (Clair) Hepker of Center Point and Marilynn Demarah of Cedar Rapids. Edward was preceded in death by his parents and a son, John Edward Freeman.
Edward was born May 23, 1925, the son of Ira and Grace (Dowell) Freeman in Cedar Rapids. He graduated from Wilson High School and served with the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard USS Monterey CVL-26 in the South Pacific. Edward married Alma Hepker on Jan. 1, 1948. He was a lifelong farmer. He served on the Center Point school board for 10 years. Edward retired from FMC after 34 years. He enjoyed his family and holidays. He was a diehard Cubs and Hawkeye fan.
Edward was a member of Greens Grove Community Church, where he had been a Sunday school teacher and served various other capacities. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 674 of Toddville.
Memorials may be directed to the Linn County Commission of Veteran Affairs, 8225 Third St. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, or to a charity of the donor’s choice in Edward’s memory.
Please sign the online guest book for Edward at www.murdochfuneralhome.com  under obituaries.