Kenneth C Freese

July 11, 1947July 3, 2013
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Kenneth C. Freese, 65, passed away on July 3, 2013. He was born on July 11, 1947 in Sac City, Iowa to Clayton and Audrey (Pennell) Freese. He served honorably in the United States Navy from 1964 to 1968, 1971 to 1982 and 1986 to 1992. He married his wife, Donna in 1986. After his retirement from the Navy, he worked at Wesley Willows until he retired there in 2009. Kenneth enjoyed photography, dancing, playing cards (especially solitaire) and his cats. He especially loved spending time with his great grandchildren. He was the honorary grandfather at the Zoo Childcare. He is survived by his wife, Donna; children, Larry Freese, Kenneth E. (Emily) Freese and Patricia (Christopher) Mateika; grandchildren, Samuel (Deborah) Mateika, James Mateika, Cassandra Mateika- Blondin, Daniel Mateika and Brenna Freese. Kenneth is also survived by great grandchildren, Madelynn, Matthew, Samantha, Charlotte, Jacob, Wyatt, and siblings; Jaree Lewis and Calvin Freese. Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents, and siblings; Richard Freese, Donald Freese, Thomas Freese, Janis Freese, Joan Allen, and Larry Freese. A special thank you to Dr. Deguzman and the nurses at Cancer Treatment Center and OSF St Anthony Hospital. Memorial service will be at 4pm, Sunday July 14, 2013 at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Road, Machesney Park. Chaplain Bruce Main will be officiating. Visitation will be held from 3pm to 4pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to the family for a memorial to be established in Ken’s name. Online condolences can be submitted at


  • Visitation Sunday, July 14, 2013
  • Memorial Service Sunday, July 14, 2013

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Susan viel

July 8, 2013

I'm so sorry to hear about Ken's passing I know he was fighting all the way to the end.Worked with Ken at Wesley Willows for many years .He's back on the ship now,God bless him.

Debra Freese

July 7, 2013

I was so sorry to hear of Uncle Ken's passing. Mom and I were hoping we'd be able to come see him before this happened. I have so many great memories of my childhood with Uncle Kenny and the rest. Wishing you the best, Donna, and also thinking of my cousins Larry and Kenny.

Yolanda Beets

July 7, 2013

((((Hugs)))). Wanted you to know we are thinking of you during this difficult time. Lonnie, Ray and family

Larry Allen

July 6, 2013

Donna so sorry in his passing but we all know in our hearts he has fought a hard battle. He's in peace now. Take care! Good Friends Lorrie and Larry Allen

Tom Foley

July 5, 2013

Donna, what a great friend Ken was and is! I was shocked to learn of his passing but I know he gave it his all fighting his illness. I have many great memories that will always be with me, proud to have known Ken and proud to call him 'shipmate'. Fair winds and following seas Chief, I'll see you again.
Missing him already....Tom Foley