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Orval L. Freeman

January 2, 1924 ~ February 15, 2017 (age 93)

Orval L. Freeman, 93, of Scheller, passed away at 7:59 A.M. February 15, 2017 at Nature Trail Health Care Center in Mount Vernon, Illinois. He was born January 2, 1924 in Waltonville, Illinois to parents, Roy & Myrtle (Newell) Freeman. He was married to Marie Virginia Freeman for 71 years and she survives.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Friday, February 17, 2017 at Newell Funeral Home in Waltonville, Illinois.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Newell Funeral Home in Waltonville, Illinois officiated by Pastor Jason Newell. Interment will follow at Knob Prairie Cemetery in Waltonville, Illinois. Members of the Mount Vernon American Legion Post #141 will conduct Full Military Honors at the cemetery.

Mr. Freeman is survived by his wife, Marie Freeman of Scheller, Illinois; son, David Freeman of Scheller; daughter, Jane Owens and husband, John of Scheller, Illinois; 4 grandchildren, Leslie Knox and husband, Matt of Woodlawn, Illinois, Bradley Freeman of White, Georgia, Erik Owens and wife, Tiffany of Scheller, Illinois, and Alex Owens and wife, Paige of Scheller, Illinois; and 6 great grandchildren, Lexy Knox, Katy Knox, Jacy Knox, Sophie Owens, Alyssa Freeman, and Emersyn Owens.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Freeman served in the United States Navy during WWII as a Gunners Mate and worked as a custodian at Waltonville High School for 31 years. He was a member of Ashley Sportsman Club, Waltonville AmVets, and Sesser American Legion. Orval loved to garden and fish. He enjoyed spending time on the farm and being involved with his grandkids sporting events. His grandchildren called him "Gramps" and his great grandchildren called him "Pa". Orval "Kept the roads hot". His family says "he could drive 100,000 miles a year and never went anywhere".

For those who wish, memorials may be given to Knob Prairie Cemetery and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Newell Funeral Home, 407 E. Main Street, Waltonville, Illinois 62894.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Newell Funeral Home where you may call the office at 618-279-7270 or visit for further information or to send condolences.

 Service Information

February 17, 2017

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Newell Funeral Home
601 South 42nd Street
Mount Vernon, IL 62864

Funeral Service
February 18, 2017

10:30 AM
Newell Funeral Home
601 South 42nd Street
Mount Vernon, IL 62864

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