Richard "Dick" Freerksen, 71, of LeRoy, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester, Saint Marys Campus.

Richard Lee Freerksen, "Peanut," was born Oct. 25, 1942, in Lawn Hill, Iowa, to Donald and Lydia (Steinfeldt) Freerksen.

He moved to the LeRoy area in 1950. He graduated from McIntire High School. After high school, he farmed and worked on the Great Western Railroad.

On Aug. 28, 1965, he married Mary Ann Kempe and continued farming crops and livestock. He also worked as a section foreman on the Milwaukee Railroad out of LeRoy and was a self-employed carpenter in and out of the LeRoy area.

He enjoyed playing softball, racing cars and go-carts, playing cards with his coffee drinking buddies and helping friends and family in need.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann of LeRoy; five children, Timothy (Kenda) Freerksen of LeRoy, Mary (Steve) Lunning of LeRoy, Jane (Dave) MacKay of Fountain, Gary Freerksen (Michelle King) of Brownsdale and Beverly Freerksen of Chester, Iowa; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Larry (Elaine) Freerksen of Riceville, Iowa, and sister, Shirley (Orville) Clark of Rochester.

He was preceded in death by son-in-law, Mark Swancutt, brother, Glen Freerksen, sister, Donna Spencer, four brothers-in-law and four nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the LeRoy Lutheran Church in LeRoy, with the Rev. Herman Bakker officiating. Burial took place in the LeRoy Lutheran Cemetery.

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