He was born in Clay City, Aug. 15, 1934, the son of Russell and Lora (Greenwell) Freeman.
He attended Clay City High School before joining the United States Air Force. Bill married Barbara Bond Sept. 1, 1951. She preceded him in death May 14, 1993.
Mr. Freeman served as a helicopter navigator during the Korean War. While flying on a mission in Korea his helicopter was shot down. Bill along with one other soldier survived however he was injured during the subsequent crash. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force in April of 1957.
He married Susie (Minnick) Wilson April 9, 1994.
After returning home Mr. Freeman worked as a salesman for Van Camp Hardware in Indianapolis and Losher's Auto Parts in Terre Haute. He retired from Van Camp's Hardware in 1971.
He was a member of the Brazil First United Methodist Church, Clay City Masonic Lodge No. 562 F.& A.M., Scottish Rite of Terre Haute, Bowling Green Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 304; Disabled American Veterans Leon Von Schepper Chapter, American Legion Post 2, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1127, and Brazil Elks Lodge No. 762.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Grace Hollars, brothers Clifford Freeman, Robert Freeman and Richard Freeman, and a grandson Todd Wilson.
Survivors include his wife Susie Freeman of Brazil, children William Clifton Freeman and wife Rebecca of Maryland, Jaye Holley and husband Frank of Terre Haute, Kirk Freeman and wife Geri of Brazil, and Lisa Norman and husband Richard of Gosport, Kim Stearley and husband Tim of Brazil, and Kevin Wilson of Iowa, grandchildren: Andrew Freeman and wife Brandy, David Freeman, Hannah Freeman, Jennifer Herrmann and husband Jeremy, Jessica Bertsch and husband Fritz, Stephanie Holley, Jared Freeman, Caleb Freeman, Jonah Freeman, Jillian Freeman, Caitlin Norman, Kendal Norman, Kirsten Norman, Krista Stearley, Trent Stearley, and Shianne Wilson; great-grandsons Carter Herrmann, Dylan Herrmann, and Seamus Freeman; sisters: Hazel Harris and husband Wayne of Lewis, and Virginia Luff and husband Claud of Owensville, Ind., as well as several nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
Services will be at Lawson-Miller Chapel Thursday July 1, 2010, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Tony Alstott officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery with Military rites being provided by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post, and United States Air Force. Visitation will be at the funeral home Wednesday, from 4-8 p.m., with Masonic service being taking place at 6:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Brazil First United Methodist Church Caring Ministry 201 N. Meridian St. Brazil, Ind., 47834.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.