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Robert S. Freeman
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Robert Smith Freeman, age 93, of Toledo passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Ebeid Hospice, Sylvania. He was born July 27, 1924 in Toledo to Sereno Samuel and Jeanette (Smith) Freeman. Robert and his family moved to Florida in the 1930’s, and he graduated from Miami Edison Senior High School, Miami, in 1942. In September of 1942 he enlisted in the United States Army Signal Corps Reserve. In May 1943 he was called to active service and accepted to the United States Army Air Corps. In December 1943, the government needed to transfer Robert to the Third Battalion, 309th Infantry Regiment, 78th Division where he attended radio code school. He then headed to the European Theatre of Operations. He spent the war in Central Europe and fought in the Ardennes, the Siegfried Line, the Battle of the Bulge, the Ruhr pocket, the Schwammenauel Dam, and the March to the Rhine, crossing the Ludendorf Bridge at Remagen. He earned three Battle Stars and a Combat Infantry badge. He was honorably discharged in March of 1946.
Robert graduated from the University of Toledo with Baccalaureate and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1951 and 1963 respectively. He was employed by the Toledo Scale Company, Baker Brothers, Inc., the Haughton Elevator Company, and Pan American World Airways. Most of his career was spent working with the Strong Electric Company on City Park Avenue, where he served as a Senior Project Engineer and later as Director of Engineering. He completed his career at the Kneisley Electric Company. Robert’s work focused on the design and development of high intensity electro-optical lighting systems—the xenon arc, for motion picture projection lamphouses, and elliptical reflectors for lamphouses. He received three US patents and authored and presented several papers to technical societies.
Robert was a member of the Conn-Weissenberger American Legion Post 587, American Electroplaters Society, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, and the Illuminating Engineering Society.
Robert loved building things, and was an excellent woodworker and electrician. Most of all, he loved his family. He was totally devoted to Cora, his wife of 69 years, who passed last September. Surviving are daughters, Mary (Peter) Vonu and Barbara (Richard) Drabik; grandchildren, Marshal, Mason, Chelsea, Peter, Trevor, and Brant; great-grandchildren, Blake and Brynn; Robert was preceded in death by his brother, James Jay Freeman.
Friends will be received at the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 Sylvania Avenue, (west of Corey) on Saturday from 4-6:00pm where funeral services will be held Sunday at 12pm. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Historic Woodlawn Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to The Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust, P.O. Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250 or St. Paul’s Community Center, 230 13th St, Toledo, OH 43604. Condolences may be sent to the family at walkerfuneralhomes.com.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Saturday

6

Jan

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Walker Funeral Home

5155 W Sylvania Avenue
Toledo, OH 43623

Funeral Service

Sunday

7

Jan

12:00 PM
Walker Funeral Home

5155 W Sylvania Avenue
Toledo, OH 43623

Graveside

Sunday

7

Jan

1:15 PM
Historic Woodlawn Cemetery

1502 W Central Ave
Toledo, OH 43606

Following the service at 12:00pm

Cemetery Details

Location

Historic Woodlawn Cemetery

1502 W Central Ave
Toledo, OH 43606


Memorial Contribution

The Disabled Veterans Charitable Service Trust

St. Paul's Community Center

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