Bruce Lee Freeman, age 81, of Loretto, passed away Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, at the Haven Homes in Maple Plain.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will take place Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto.
There will be a gathering of family and friends Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano; and at the church Wednesday, from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the Mass.
Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.
Bruce was born Jan. 23 1935, in Slayton, MN, to George and Fern (Kephart) Freeman.
He was the longtime owner of Loretto Towing, and a mechanic of 34 years.
Bruce graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1953. After high school, he attended Dunwoody Technical College.
He served in the Army National Guard and was honorably discharged.
Bruce was known as “Big Bruce” to many friends in the Loretto area. He liked to fish, watch wrestling, football and baseball; go on trips to the casino, and listen to polka music.
Bruce also worked at Mark’s Choo Choo bar as a bartender as well as doing some sales.
He was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, and the Loretto Lions Club; and served on the Loretto Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, George and Fern Freeman; his granddaughter, Molly Ann Freeman; and a brother, Myron Freeman.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Vivian (McCoy); children Brenda (John) Dubay, Tim (Sheila) Freeman, and Cindy (Rick) Kuka; 13 grandchildren: Richard (Lindsey) Freeman, Stephanie Krueger, Michelle Freeman, Catherine Freeman, Rosemary (Paul) Streveler, Elizabeth Dubay, Amy (Ken) Kiley, Margaret Dubay, David Dubay, Theresa Dubay, Joshua Dubay, Cecelia Kuka, and Marcus Kuka; five great-grandchildren: Theodore Freeman, Astrid Freeman, Lincoln Freeman, Payton Ann Mitchell, and Benjamin Kiley; a sister, Cheryl (Ron) Walter; brothers Dean (Judy) Freeman, and Larry (Linda) Freeman; and step-mother Norma Freeman.