Henry E. "Hank" Freeman, 74, went to see his maker on Saturday, September 03, 2016. He was born November 19, 1941 in Bradford, the son of Romeo J. and Vernesiah M. (Speed) Freeman.
Hank, or "Hammering Hank" as he was known in his younger years, grew up in Charleston, and was a graduate of Higgins Classical Institute, class of 1959, where he had the distinction of graduating without having missed a day of school from kindergarten through graduation. After graduation, he served a tour of duty with the Army, and was stationed in Germany. During his breaks, he enjoyed travelling Europe with his Army buddies. He worked for the Great Northern Paper Company in Millinocket for 35 years before retiring in 1999. In his free time, Hank was an avid golfer, fisherman, hunter, trapper, softball player, bowler, and snowmobiler, and he also enjoyed racing sleds. Many happy times were also spent at the hunting camp owned by his brother, "Limey". He especially enjoyed following his grandchildren in their activities, as well as watching his Red Sox on television. Hank was a member of Millinocket Elks Lodge #1521, Donald Henry Post #80 of the American Legion, and Francis Elliot Post #4154 of the V.F.W., and was a past member of the Northern Timber Cruisers Snowmobile Club and the Hillcrest Golf Club.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marilyn E. Freeman of Millinocket; two children, Christopher Freeman of Millinocket, and Cindi Meek and her husband Jeff of East Lyme, Connecticut; three grandchildren, Casey Freeman of Levant, and Ashleigh and Ashton Meek of East Lyme, CT; siblings, R. Douglas Freeman and his wife Helen of Charleston, Donald Freeman and his wife Barbara of Augusta, Georgia, Raymond Freeman of Hampden, Janice Mudgett and her husband William of Glenburn; a sister in law, Jeanne Morgan and Charlie Wolfenbarger of Eugene, Oregon; a special aunt, Shirley Harris and her husband Richard of Charleston; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Hank will also be missed by a canine friend, Buck. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister in law, Rosalie Freeman, and a brother in law, James Morgan.
Friends are invited to visit with the family 1-2 P.M. Thursday, September 8 at the Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack St., Millinocket, where a memorial service will be held at 2 P.M. with the Rev. Donald Booker officiating.
Gifts in memory of Hank may be sent to the Katahdin Area Support Group, P.O. Box 374, Millinocket, ME 04462, or to the charity of one's choice. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.