Lloyd Anthony Freeburg, 92, a long-time Sunnyside resident and businessman, passed away on Monday, April 23, 2007, at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.

He was born May 31, 1914, in Dusty, to Charles William and Lizzie Harley (Seemann) Freeburg. Lloyd graduated from La Crosse High School in 1932. He married Esther J. Kahler in the parsonage of Selbu Lutheran Church in La Crosse, WA on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, 1939. At that time, Mr. Freeburg was working for the Union Oil Co. Later, he and his brother Leonard built and ran a full service gas and auto repair station. In the early 1940s, he also served as the fire chief in La Crosse for 8 years.

He was a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and had served as its president. Lloyd had been in business since 1952, as the owner and manager of Freeburg’s Self Service Gas Co., U-Haul Rental Service and Softwater Company. He prided himself as a salesman and businessman.

Lloyd taught himself to play the piano, organ and violin, and enjoyed playing and listening to music. He liked to keep his mind active by reading scientific and technical magazines and by completing jigsaw puzzles.

Lloyd was a charter member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. He served on the building committee for the chapel on the hill. He was also founder and past president of the Washington Gasoline Dealers Association.

He is survived by his wife, Esther J. Freeburg of Sunnyside; one son, David L. Freeburg and wife, Jenny, of Sunnyside; two daughters, Katharine J. Swenson and husband, Roger, of Monroe, and Elizabeth S. Jones and husband, Darryl, of Yakima; nine grandchildren, Charlie, Patrick, Jeff, Chris, Kim, Tana, Tori, Traci and Trista; and 13 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Ethel A. Mueller of Kennewick.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Leonard E. Freeburg.

Viewing and visitation will be held Wednesday, May 2, 2007, from 1 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 3, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home. Those wishing to honor his memory may contribute to the American Diabetes Association. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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