Freeman Jacob Kalb, 93, of rural Bucyrus, passed away at 3:55 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at Altercare of Bucyrus.
Freeman was born Aug. 22, 1918, in Lykens Township, Crawford County, to Jacob and Martha (Ross) Kalb. His mother died in 1919 when he was an infant and he was raised by his aunt, Minnie Kalb. Freeman married Eugenia "Genie" Luicile (Inloes) Kalb April 1, 1945, and she passed away Sept. 25, 2008.
Freeman also was preceded in death by his father; two brothers, Clarence and Alvin; and one sister, Ruth Sours.
Freeman's life was about his family, the farm and the community. He had a large family with four sons, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, good friends and neighbors. He is survived by four sons, John (Sue) of Bucyrus, Don (Christine) of Morrow, Robert "Butch" (Robin) of Worthington and Tom (Connie) of Bucyrus; 11 grandchildren, Mollie (Jake) Zinser, Angie (Brett) DeGray, Julie Kalb, Donnie (Kelly) Kalb, Mandy (Tim) Huecker, Danny (Amy) Kalb, David Kalb, Jenny (Brad) Owens, Joe Kalb, Zach Kalb and Tyler Kalb; 10 great-grandchildren, Tara and Macey Zinser, Jackson, Maggie and Lila Huecker, Melia and Haven Kalb, Sophia Kalb and Paine and John DeGray; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Freeman loved Lykens Township, Crawford County, and the farm, where he never wanted to leave. He lived his entire life there except for the four years he was gone while serving in the South Pacific in the U.S. Army 37th Division during World War II. He was a farmer, carpenter, school bus driver, insurance agent and adjuster, a worker at Timken and Swan Rubber, a township trustee and an auctioneers clerk; among other things. Freeman never was without a pet dog and loved animals of all kinds. Over the years he had pet kitties, raccoons, rabbits and squirrels. Freeman loved going to auctions, refurbishing furniture and collecting all sorts of things.
He was a member of Nazareth Lutheran Church, Chatfield, American Legion Post 181, Lykens Conservation League, was formerly a member of Lykens Vol. Fire Dept. and for 16 years was a Lykens Township trustee. He enjoyed the Lykens Investment Club and for many years going to Wynford basketball games.
Life was not easy for Freeman but he never complained. He lived through the Depression, never had much money, but always had enough and that was good enough for him. Freeman had a good life as he was a man of honor, a faithful husband, and a good father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
His funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Chatfield, with Gene Luidhardt, S.A.M. officiating. Burial will follow at Nazareth Lutheran Cemetery, Chatfield.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Munz-Pirnstill Funeral Home, 215 N. Walnut St., Bucyrus, OH 44820, (419) 562-6776.
Memorials may be made to the church or the Nazareth Lutheran Church Cemetery Association in care of the funeral home and expressions of sympathy can be left at www.munzpirnstill.com.