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PEKIN ~ Louis L. “Lou” Freeman, 81, of Pekin, passed away at 8:10 a.m. Monday, February 19, 2018 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.

Born November 27, 1936 in Pekin to Lloyd Lester and Lena Pauline (Layer) Freeman, he married W. Sue Losey on June 17, 1961 in Mason City.  She survives.

Lou also is survived by his son, Kevin (Andrea Schenk) Freeman of Pekin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Freda Fink; and three brothers, Lloyd Freeman, Jr., Marvin Freeman and Marshall Freeman and one brother in infancy.

Lou was a 1954 graduate of Mason City High School in Mason City.

A United States Army veteran, he served from February 20, 1957 to February 17, 1960.  He was a military policeman.

Lou had worked for Corn Products in Pekin as a pipefitter for 26 years and later for Illinois Power in Clinton for 18 years as a group leader in maintenance.  He last worked at Pekin Community High School District #303 as a maintenance man and as a welding instructor from 1999 to 2007.  He served as a board member with Cerelose Credit Union in Pekin for 15 years.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Pekin, where he served as an usher, kitchen helper, food pantry worker, and was a member of the Heaven Bound Sunday school class. 

Lou enjoyed working in his yard and working on do-it-yourself projects at home.  An avid woodworker, he attended the Wood Carving Club at the Miller Center and took part in classes held at the Woodworkers Shop, both in Pekin.  Lou was a devoted husband and father.  He was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and was a faithful fan of the Pekin Dragons Basketball team.

His memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Pekin.  Pastor Vernon Risner will officiate.  Visitation will be from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday at the church.  Inurnment will follow the service in Prairie Haven Cemetery in Pekin, with military rites provided by the United States Army and the Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team.  Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Lou gave the gift of life as a donor with Gift of Hope following his passing.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 Taps Lane, Pekin, IL 61554 or to First Baptist Church, 700 South Capitol Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

His family would like to offer a special thanks to the nursing staff on 8 Crescent at UnityPoint Health – Methodist for the exceptional care provided to Lou.

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