Walter Don Freeman, age 55, of Benton; went to be with his Lord and Savior at 11:15 p.m. Monday, May 3, 2021.
His wishes were to be cremated.
A Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 16, 2021 at the Rescue Free Will Baptist Church, 15363 Ewing Road, Ewing, IL 62836; with Rev. Bryant Harris officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Leffler Funeral Home of Benton; is in charge, of the arrangements.
Walter was born on June 21, 1965 in Fort Smith, Arkansas; the son of Joe Freeman and Loretta (Jetton) Freeman. He married the former Karen Denise Bland on January 11, 1985 and she survives.
He and his wife Karen are the owners of KOA Campground of Benton. Walter was the President of the Illinois Campground Association and he was the Vice-President of the Benton-West City Chamber of Commerce.
Walter was a Free Will Baptist minister and was a member of the Rescue Free Will Baptist Church of Ewing.
He enjoyed anything outdoors, especially fishing. He enjoyed spending time with his family and visiting with the campers at KOA.
Surviving is His loving wife of 36 years Karen Denise Freeman of Benton; a son Carl Freeman of St. Charles, MO; two daughters: Kacie Freeman of Benton and Caitlyn Garris of Benton; a sister Debra Garris of Roland, Oklahoma; his father and mother-in-law: Thomas Eadman Bland and Joyce Bland; a sister-in-law Sheila Morse and husband James of Alma, Arkansas; a brother-in-law Thomas Bland of Chester, Arkansas and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, paternal and maternal grandparents.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rescue Free Will Baptist Church and will be accepted at the church or the funeral home.
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