Richard B. Freiling
April 10, 1926 – August 22, 2014
Richard B. “Dick” Freiling, 88, passed away on August 22, 2014 at Hawthorne Village in Brandon, Florida, of natural causes. A resident of Riverview, Florida, he was born on April 10, 1926 in Altoona, Pennsylvania to Walter and Pauline (Stackhouse) Freiling. Richard grew up in Altoona, Pennsylvania and Bridgeton, New Jersey. He joined the US Marine Corps in 1944 and served in the Pacific Theater during WW II, where he became a decorated combat veteran while serving in the Third Amphibious Corps, 1st Separate Engineer Battalion, participating in the battles of Tinian, Okinawa, and Tientsin, China. He returned to graduate from Bridgeton High School after serving in WW II, then served briefly during the Korean War. He danced and performed in variety show musicals such as American in Paris, with the Red Stocking Follies, sponsored by the Bridgeton Hospital Auxiliary, as well as in the Melody Chorus in Bridgeton. He later completed training in refrigeration, but over the years became a machine maintenance and repair expert in the glass manufacturing industry, and consulted for many firms globally, including the Anchor Glass Container Corporation, Glass Machine, Maul Bros, Gulfport Glass, United Glass, Thatcher Glass, and O-I. Richard is survived by his spouse, Lynne L. (Johnson) Freiling; his son Richard P. Freiling; his daughter Michelle J. Freiling; his stepsons Marc J. Asturias and John C. Asturias; and dearly-loved grandchildren and great grandchildren. A private memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to ForwardHeroes.org, benefiting military veterans. Condolences may be left on Garden of Memories online guest book at gardenofmemoriestampa.com. Thank you to the staff of Hawthorne Village of Brandon, who he loved and appreciated so much, for their years of caring and dedication. .