Robert L Freeman

August 8, 1930March 24, 2013

Robert “Bob” Freeman was born in Toledo, Ohio on August 8, 1930 to Mr. & Mrs. William D Freeman and passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2013. He spent his childhood in Toledo, Ohio. He attended University of Toledo, College of Engineering graduating in 1953 and University of Michigan, earning a Master of Science in Engineering in 1954. Bob served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956 at the end of the Korean conflict and received an early discharge to attend Yale for post-graduate studies in Traffic Engineering. Bob was the Assistant State Traffic Engineer for the State of Florida, and for over 35 years played a critical role in designing many traffic road signs, signals and markings that are in use today. During his career, he was a long standing member and former president of the Florida section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and throughout his career worked to standardize US Interstate travel signs and signals. Bob was an avid drummer, gardener, fisherman and photographer. He has travelled throughout North America and Europe and camped in nearly each of the 49 US states and Canadian Provinces that he visited with his wife, Nina. He was a long time member of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Tallahassee, FL. Bob is survived by his wife Nina Allen Freeman, brother, William Freeman of Mesa, AZ, and 5 children; Terence Freeman, Timothy Freeman, Robyn F. Knight, Katherine S. Goodman and Charles J. Shupard. He also leaves behind 7 loving grandchildren. Throughout Bob’s life he volunteered for countless organizations and in lieu of flowers please make a donation to one his charities: Big Bend Habitat for Humanity or Lutheran World Relief Memorial Services were held for Bob Freeman at Epiphany Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 1:00 PM with reception to follow.


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April 10, 2013

I came out of the service in 1946 and played music with Bill & Bob for many years. I played the accordion The 3 0f us played all over Toledo for many years After Bob moved to Florida I got some very interesting E-Mails. He was a great drummer and fun to work with I felt bad when I got the news from Bill All my music friends have died over the last 3 years Bob was great
Bill Grisso

April 9, 2013

I played music with Bob & his brother Bill when I came out of service in 1946. We had some great times in the music business for many years before he moved to Florida. We have sent each other a lot of e-mails over the last few years Bill, Bob and I all grew up together. Will miss his E mails. Bill Grisso Accordion Player

Robyn Knight

April 2, 2013

To my dearest dad,
Thank you for the wonderful life you have given to our family sheltered under God's care. I am forever grateful to you for raising us in a loving christian home.
I miss you each and every day that goes by and you will always be in my heart.
I yearn for the day we will be together again, singing and drumming together in heaven Love from your daughter Robyn

Tom Brahms

April 1, 2013

To the Freeman Family:

Many of us in the ITE got to know Bob and appreciate his willingness to share his perspectives, add a little humor and help his profession grow and serve the public. We will all miss Bob.

April 1, 2013

Nina Allen Freeman

April 1, 2013

Thank you to all who have called and come during this time to see Bob at the hospital and now to provide care for myself and my family. I have been blest to have spent 32 years with this brilliant, funny, dear man and will miss him all my remaining life. He has given me an additional gift though, that of his three children and five grandchildren who are as dear to me as my own. I am full of pride and love for the family we brought together.

Lorraine Clark

March 31, 2013

Life is wonderful to having known and to having a friend like Bob. He was truly genuine. I know that he and Mike are casting a line and are fishing together.

Walt & Barb Beck

March 31, 2013

Bob was a wonderful Christian Brother and friend. God added a man to play the drums for eternity! Thank you Bob for your love and we will meet again in His Light!

March 30, 2013

Dear Nina, Allen family and the whole Freeman family,
Bob was a special man. I remember him best from the Octoberfests we celebrated together at Epiphany Lutheran when he donned Lederhosen and a Tyrolean hat and was essential for all the fun we had there. He also played sometimes in nursing homes and was a joy to all who met him. His smile was contagious and he had a great and self-effacing sense of humor. -- He cared greatly about others and even when he was so ill at the end of his life was concerned about the other person, not himself. Bob, you will be greatly missed and every Octoberfest will miss your wonderful spirit. Thank you, Nina, for the happiness you brought to him. I am sorry I missed the funeral, I tried to find information but it was too late to attend. Thinking about you and keeping you my prayers, Irma Daleen, friend and your TMH Chaplain.

Alvin and Nancy Striggow

March 30, 2013

Dear Nina,
We are so sorry about Bob's passing. I fondly remember Bob as the "leader" of our Whitmer High School band. His drum beat kept all of us in line. I was a clarinet player, and not a very good instrumentalist., as I was a third chair. However, I really did love being in the band under his drum leadership. I was so glad to again reunite with the both of you at the Florida Whitmer luncheons.

Our most sincere condolences, Nina!
Alvin and Nancy (Ray) Striggow,
Whitmer Class of 1950