A fourth-generation Madison County resident, Stephen Peter Freeman lived his life in Alexandria, coming into town April 23, 1937, on East Jackson Street, and leaving October 15, 2017, from his East Garfield Street home of 50 years, just three blocks south.
Named for his paternal and maternal grandfathers, he was the youngest of Noah Earl and Beatrice (Houston) Freeman's children. His parents and siblings, Elvara Hoffman, Phyllis Haymond, Earl Freeman, and Ann Chambers, preceded him in death.
On April 15, 1960, he married his high school sweetheart, Sandra King, who survives him. Both graduated with the AMHS Class of 1955. The couple has two sons, Stephen Eric and Christopher Neil, and five grandchildren, Stephen Peter II, Kadie Louise, Christopher Nickolas, Molly Terese, and Benjamin Daniel King Freeman.
Starting out with the Alexandria Times Tribune as a journeyman press operator, Steve moved to the Marion Chronicle newspaper before taking a position with Warner Press, where he spent a career of nearly 40 years. In retirement, he became an associate stock broker with Charles Schwab, purchasing manager for Alexandria's Resin Partners and an advisor with Inventech International.
Steve earned a degree in marketing from Ball State University. He was fond of going out for dinner, drum music, smoking his pipe, touring Indiana wineries, sitting on his deck, feeding birds, driving his Jaguar, and spending time with friends from the Nazarene Church.
The founding president of the Alexandria Community Center, he held all offices with the Alexandria Jaycees and Junior Achievement, was involved with the Madison County United Way, Pete's Pantry, and held several district and local offices with the Crossroads of America Council of Boy Scouts of America. Finishing short of earning his Eagle Scout Award as a boy, he was particularly proud of both of his sons accomplishing that goal.
Services celebrating Steve's life and legacy will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 23, 2017, in the Owens Funeral Home, Alexandria, with Pastor Mark Diemer officiating. Cremation will follow the services. Friends may call at the Owens Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Memorial contributions are suggested to "Pete's Pantry" with envelopes available at the funeral home.
On-line condolences at www.owensmemorialservices.com
Published on October 16, 2017