Son of Lawrence Freese and Martha Hay. Husband of Mary Louise Vardaman m. 30 Apr 1917 LaPorte, LaPorte, IN by Arthur C. Smith. There is a conflict with his date of birth; both his WWI and WWII Draft registration card state he was born 13 Jan 1892 but his obit states his date of birth is 13 Jan 1890. Also his middle name is a mystery. His WWI Draft Registration card says "Melvin L" but his WWII Draft Registration card says "Melvin Robert".
IN Marriages: Groom's Name: Melvin Freese Bride's Name: Mary Vardaman Marriage Date: 30 Apr 1918 Marriage Place: La Porte County, Indiana Groom's Father's Name: Lawrence Freese Groom's Mother's Name: Martha Hay Bride's Father's Name: John Hardaman Bride's Mother's Name: Mary Zarr
Melvin L. Freese-Funeral services for Melvin L. Freese, 74, of 408 Planette street, who died Saturday at the home of his daughter in Portage, after an illness of six months, will be tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the Haverstock Funeral home with the Rev. James Bates officiating. Burial will follow in the Eagle Creek cemetery, Knox. Friends may call at the funeral home from now until the time of the funeral. Mr. Freese was born Jan. 13, 1890 in Marshall County to Lawrence and Martha (Hay) Freese and had lived in LaPorte for 55 years, going to Portage four months ago. He was married in 1917 in LaPorte to Louise Vardaman. He was a member of the Apostolic Faith Tabernacle. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Melvina Hill, Lamacy, Calif., and Mrs. Loretta Jones, Portage; five grandchildren and a great grandson; five brothers, Muriel, Clyde, Jesse, Curtis, and Clifford Freese all of LaPorte; four sisters Mrs. Lorraine Thomas and Mrs. Esther Dixon, Grand Rapids Mich., Mrs. Irene Kohlman, Michigan City; Mrs. Bernice Logos, LaPorte. Source: The LaPorte Herald Argus, Jan 1964.
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I am now 66 years old .... I was 16 when my Grandpa Melvin passed away. I still have his picture on my counter today. I loved him very much and am so thankful that he taught me about Jesus before he passed away. I don't remember his funeral being in Janu...(Read more) -
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