Ralph Edward Freer, 83, of Chillicothe, died on Saturday Nov. 14, 2015 in Chillicothe. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 at the Odell Baptist Church with Rev. Wallace Clay officiating. Interment will follow at the Chillicothe Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Smith Chapel, Chillicothe.
Ralph was born on May 18, 1932 in Fordyce, Ark. He was the son of the late William L. Freer and the late Doris Josephene Jaggers. He married Frances Christine Jones on June 12, 1955 in Kibler, Ark. He was retired from the United States Air Force, where he served from 1951 to 1971 as an electronics and component specialist. He built the first TV station behind Iron Curtain in Berlin, Germany. He had been on the school board in Eagle Point, Oregon. He moved to Hardeman County in 1997. He had been a member of the Chillicothe City Council. He was a retired minister, church starter and church planner in Oregon, Gold Hill, White City and Prospect, Oregon. He was a member of the Odell Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Frances C. (Jones) Freer of the home; two sons, Raymond M. Freer of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Edward K. Freer of Clarksville, Tenn.; one daughter, Vickie Lynne Freer Vogl of Gresham, Oregon; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., on Tuesday Nov. 17, 2015 at Smith Chapel in Chillicothe.
Pallbearers will be James Winnett, Travis Maddin, Carl Hawkins, Keith Horn, Jay Haile and Edward Freer. Honorary pallbearers will be Raymond Freer, Randy Vogl, Michael Freer and Matthew Freer.
Memorials may be made to the Odell Baptist Church.
Online condolences may be made at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.