Lynn Freeman

Lynn Freeman


February 13, 1951 - May 3, 2023


Lynn Freeman, 72, of Ethan, SD, passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Monday, May 8, at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Ethan.

Lynn Edwin Freeman was born on February 13, 1951 in Parkston, SD to Edwin and Jessie Rose (Behrendt) Freeman. He had 3 siblings, Stanley, Anita, and Orin. He attended grade school at Country School Worthen #1, then attended high school in Ethan, class of 1969. Following high school, he went to Wyoming Tech and received his Mechanics degree/certification in 1970.

Lynn was united in marriage to Eileen in June 1984, and they were blessed with two children.

Lynn began his career focusing on his passion for race cars, engines, and driving as he continued working as an apprentice to further his career. He started a Speed Shop in 1975, then moved on to Exhaust Pro’s for a number of years. During that time, he relocated to Sioux Falls before settling in Tea, SD where he helped raise his family. In the mid 1990’s he started Freeman Sportswear. He loved being able to make sports coats that people would wear for years to come. It gave him great pride that many years later he would see people wearing his coats, which made him smile and would even spark a conversation with a total stranger. Lynn just couldn’t resist what he loved most, driving his 18-wheeler on adventures for weeks at a time. He enjoyed driving truck and was particularly fond of his time at Johnson Feed out of Canton, SD, which he said created a lot of close and lasting friendships.

Until the very end, Lynn looked forward to visiting with friends and family and would carry on a conversation with you like he knew you forever, even if you were a complete stranger. Along with his family, some of Lynn’s closest friends played a critical role in supporting him during his long battle, notably; Doug Adams, Kevin TerMeer, Melvin Freeman, and Joe Dykstra. As a family we are so appreciative of their support and friendship.

Lynn was grateful to share his life with his children, Crystal (Patrick) Bruggeman and Kyle Freeman; two grandchildren, Zachary Johnson and Jaxton Johnson; along with his many nephews and cousins.

Lynn was preceded in death by both his parents, Edwin and Jessie Freeman; two brothers, Stanley Freeman and Orin Freeman; uncles, George, Don, and John; aunt, Amy Behrendt; and son-in-law, Tony Johnson.

Lynn passed peacefully and we are thankful for all the support, prayers, and caregivers that took care of Lynn throughout. 


Monday, May 8, 2023
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Hillcrest Cemetery
Ethan, SD

Posted by Mike larsen on May 10, 2023
He was a good friend and helped me more than one
Posted by Ed Olson on May 9, 2023
Didn't know him but Joe and I said alot of prayers for him, rest in peace with Jesus.
Posted by Al Sambo on May 9, 2023
Old friend, it's been so many years. Working at Rozums, your speed shop, exhaust pros, you always kept looking forward. Maybe that's why I never kept up with you. Been over 20 mistake
Posted by Chuck Parks (cousin) on May 8, 2023
I got to see him last summer at my sister's birthday party here in Texas. I enjoyed talking with him on several subjects, he is a very nice and helpful guy. We will miss him very much. May he rest in peace forever. God bless.
Posted by Kelly Parks Horton (cousin) on May 8, 2023
Lots of fond memories of Lynn on the farm growing up and family reunions..Lynn was always fun..kind and made me laugh..He had a good heart and it was a real treat and pleasure to see him last summer for my birthday...It meant the world to Mom also to see her nephew after many years..AND Lynn will be truly missed ♥️ Rest in Paradise my cousin..
Posted by Donna Ennis on May 7, 2023
Sending thoughts and prayers to Crystal and Kyle during this difficult time
Posted by Beverly Freeman Morse on May 6, 2023
I was always grateful for my many Freeman cousins. They were always there when I needed them. Lynn was always willing to help. He will be missed.
Posted by Steven Carl Stanga on May 6, 2023
We used to play with Lynn and Anita at annual family reunions back in the day. Then we didn't see each other until adulthood, when we reconnected around Aunt Amy's illness and death. He was a good egg and so friendly.
Posted by Dave Dailey JFI on May 5, 2023
He's on his last long journey now, On roads that we can't follow, And as we bid our last farewell, We know that he has gone to dwell. In trucking heaven, he'll drive again, On perfect roads that never end, His spirit free, his heart so strong, A trucker's soul forever long.
Posted by Matt Parks (cousin) on May 5, 2023
I have very fond memories of Lynn growing up and had the pleasure of seeing him again this past summer. It was a real treat for me and the entire family to see him again after many years or to meet him for the first time. He was always the nicest guy and helpful for anything anyone ever needed. He will be truly missed.
Posted by Ryan Behrendt on May 4, 2023
I did know you but rest easy!
Posted by Doug Martin on May 4, 2023
I always liked talking with him about family history and stories about the farm ect...
Posted by Joan Putzier Kerns on May 4, 2023
I am sincerely sorry for your loss. My mom Wilma and Lynn enjoyed their conversations about days at Ethan. He will be missed.
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