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Freeman R. May

1954 ~ 2020 (age 66)

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Freeman R. May, 65, of Van Wert, earned his angel wings at 6:56 PM on Monday, April 20, 2020 at Van Wert Health after a long, courageous 30 month battle with leukemia.

Born in Defiance, Ohio, on July 16, 1954, to the late William R. May, Sr and Opal (Gribler) May, Freeman was raised by his late "mom", Maxine (Johnston) May after his birth mother passed away.

On July 16, 1983 he married the love of his life, the former Diana Mengerink who survives in Van Wert.

Freeman had worked for the City of Van Wert until 1985 when he was first diagnosed with Leukemia. He had also previously worked for E.W. Mengerink & Sons

In addition to his wife Diana, Freeman is survived by his daughter, Heather (Greg) Bartal of Tullahoma, Tennessee; a granddaughter, Kharee Bartal; brothers, William R. May, Jr, Roy May, Mike (Joelle) May, and Jeff (Tammy) May; a step mother, Dorothy May; sister in laws, Cheryl Freeman, Darcy (Hobie) McKeddie, Robin Mengerink, and Tammy (Paul) Cugliari; a step brother, Mike Protsman; and a mother in law, MarLou Mengerink.

In addition to his parents, Freeman was preceded in death by his father in law, Robert Mengerink; and a mother in law, Jean Mengerink.

Freeman was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 178 in Van Wert, a former officer with the Sons of the American Legion District 2, a member of the Van Wert County Horseshoe Club, and a member of the former Fraternal Order of Eagles #886 in Van Wert and then transferred his membership to Delphos. Freeman was a very active volunteer at the Van Wert American Legion and enjoyed inspecting Van Wert construction projects all around town. He was an avid fan of The Ohio State University and Cleveland Browns, but, most importantly, he loved spending time with his granddaughter, Kharee and the rest of his family.

Freeman and his family were very appreciative of the doctors and nurses who provided wonderful care over the past couple years, especially Dr. Sreenivasa R. Nattam, and the volunteers who drove him to appointments and who donated blood.

A celebration of Freeman's life will be held at 12:00 PM on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at the American Legion Isaac Van Wert Post 178, 631 W Main St Van Wert, OH 45891 .

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Arrangements are being handled by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory.


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Memorial Service
September 5, 2020

12:00 PM
American Legion Isaac Van Wert Post 178,
631 W Main St
Van Wert, OH 45891

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