MELVIN - Charles "Chuck" J. Freehill, 76, of rural Melvin, died at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, at Heartland Nursing Home, Paxton.
His visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. A rosary service will be at 3:30 p.m.
His funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City. Burial will be at St. Rose Cemetery in Strawn, with military rites by the Gibson City Lee Lowery American Legion.
Mr. Freehill was born July 27, 1939, to Claude and Marjorie Bergan Freehill. He married Doris Ringler on Dec. 1, 1962, in Strawn. She survives in rural Melvin.
Chuck is also survived by his children, Mark (Chris) Freehill, Teresa Freehill, Dave (Deanna) Freehill, Joe Freehill and Denise (Brian) Grady; 11 grandchildren, Emily Freehill, Jackie Freehill, Karleigh Freehill, Zach Grady, Kyle Freehill, Ryan Shambrook, Luke Freehill, Tyler Freehill, Ethan Freehill, Alex Freehill and Emma Freehill; one great-granddaughter, Kendall Jo Rosenbeck; a sister, Anne (John) Zick; and four brothers, Thomas (Barbara) Freehill, Michael (Joyce) Freehill, John (Jane) Freehill and Dale Freehill.
He attended the Germanville Township Country School through second grade. Chuck graduated from Melvin-Sibley High School in 1957. He worked at the screen factory in Chatsworth, the elevator in Charlotte and spent 33 years at Central Soya in Gibson City. He farmed from 1974 to 2012.
Chuck served in the U.S. Army in Germany from March 1959 to March 1961. He was a member of the Gibson City Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568.
His passion was the family farm, which became a Centennial Farm in 1998. He loved spending time with his family and hosting family reunions on the farm. Chuck's favorite pastime was watching Lawrence Welk.
He was a member of the St. George Catholic Church in Melvin, where he took the collection from age 18 until it closed in 2011.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Wounded Warrior Project