Age 83, of Plymouth, Michigan, passed away November 4, 2012.
Born January 2, 1929, in Riverdale, MI, the son of John L and Zilla (Apple) Freed. Plym graduated from Alma High School in 1947. In March, 1949, Plym joined the US Army, 84th Engineer Construction Battalion and was deployed to Korea shortly after the conflict broke out.
Plym worked for the University of Michigan Space Physics Research Laboratory from 1960 until his retirement in 1986. He worked on countless payloads for space exploration that took him across the country from Los Alamos to Cape Kennedy. He was honored by the National Aeronomics Department for his dedication to the space program.
In his retirement he took classes on woodcarving, caning chairs and antique clock restoration. He worked part-time at the Northville Clock Shop and was a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. He was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans and was passionate about honoring our veterans and our country. He displayed the flag every day at his home.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Roslyn, five children, Teresa Freed (Warren Kress) of Chelsea; Susan (Rick) Curtis of Bremerton, WA, Lucinda (Chris) Youngquist of Cascade, CO; Walt Drummond of St. Paul, IN; and Dawn (Rob) Shields of Traverse City; his grandchildren Andy Drummond, Denise Drummond, Michael Youngquist, Jack and Robbie Shields and Robert Drummond; his sister Janice King, St Louis, MI; his sister-in-law, Virginia Freed of Morrice and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings Kenneth, Harold, Gladys Griswold, Harriet Kruger, Paul and Robert.
Funeral Service will take place on Thursday, November 8th at 11 am at Lux and Schnepp Funeral Home, Riverdale. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 7th from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8pm. Following the Funeral Service he will be laid to rest at Riverdale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250 or Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 S. Rochester, Rochester Hills, MI 48307.