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Dietrich Clarence Freiling
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Dietrich “Dick” Clarence Freiling passed on to eternal life on May 2 in Federal Way Washington at the age of 89.

Dick is survived by his wife, Catherine of Renton, WA; daughter, Megan Hutton, son-in-law Lee Hutton, grandchildren Colin Dietrich Hutton and Alison Amy Hutton all of Edgewood, WA; brother Ronald Freiling of Inver Grove Heights, MN. He is preceded in death by his parents and 6 siblings.

Dick was born on July 28, 1928 in St. Paul, MN to Ernest and Julia Freiling. He lived in South St Paul during childhood and school years. He was confirmed in his family’s Lutheran church. During high school, he worked in a grocery store learning the meat cutting trade. He joined the Army in 1946, interrupting his high school education. Entering at Fort Knox, Kentucky he qualified as an infantry anti-tank gun crewman. He served in the Asian Pacific Theatre from 1946-47 mostly in Korea. He was also a butcher in the service. He received the World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon, Army of Occupation Ribbon (Korea) and Good Conduct Medals. After he returned to Minnesota upon service completion where he worked as a meat cutter for four years, including Swift & Co where his father worked. He attended the Academy of Accounting for two years. After moving to the Pasadena California area in 1951, he worked for Market Basket food stores as a meat cutter for four years. He became a State of California Licensed Journeyman meat cutter.

In 1956 he joined Prudential. He obtained his high school GED in 1964. He rose up the ranks in sales management at Prudential, beginning in 1962 and continuing to 1970, with transfers to Los Angeles, San Mateo and San Francisco. Then Prudential moved him to the Seattle agency in Burien, first as a consultant and then as manager.

In California, he was an active and dedicated member of Presbyterian churches, teaching high school class for 12 years as well as Elder of the church. He also served as Chair of Pastor Selection Committees for the Presbyterian churches he worshipped at.

It was in October 1977 that Dick would meet Cathie and the love story began. Dick and Cathie were married at Fairwood United Methodist Church on January 13, 1979. Megan Katherine was born to them on March 17, 1982. It was Sweet Pa and Sweet Pea - a father daughter admiration that continued until his death. During the early family years we enjoyed a church Mariner group known as “Strictly Social Team of Adults and Families in Fellowship at Fairwood!” He was active in Fairwood’s Men’s group. We enjoyed camping with a Coleman trailer and later as a couple with a fifth wheel trailer where we met many great friends through RV rallies and related social events. Dick and Cathie were involved with Megan’s education including college at PLU. Dick was given a Golden Acorn by Kentridge High School to recognize his years of volunteer service. He served Kent School District as chair of the Citizen Budget Committee. He also served several years as the United Methodist PNW Conference of Finance and Administration. He took a certified lay speaker course with the UM Conference and preached three times at Fairwood, Wesley, and other pulpits. He taught insurance courses for Lake Washington Vocational Technical College for 5 years.

Cathie and Dick celebrated 39 years of marriage until separated by death. Cathie was his dedicated and loving caregiver for five years of his dementia illness. Beloved Husband, Father, and Papa, always in our hearts forever. How we loved you so.

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11:30 AM
Tahoma National Cemetery

18600 S.E. 240th Street
Kent, WA 98042





2:00 PM
Fairwood Community United Mehtodist

15255 SE Fairwood Blvd,
Renton, Washington 98058

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Tahoma National Cemetery

18600 S.E. 240th Street
Kent, WA 98042


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