Derryl Freeborn 1935-2015


Derryl Lee Freeborn, 79, of Gar­den Villas of Lenexa, formerly of Overland Park, died Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Kansas City Hospice House.

Visitation will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at Knox Presbyterian Church, 9595 W. 95th St., Overland Park. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 24 at Knox Pres­byterian Church. Burial in Shawnee Mission Memory Gardens. Memo­rial gifts may be given to Knox Presbyterian Church or Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care.

Derryl was born May 6, 1935, near Muscotah, Atchison County, to Merl and Fern (Hollenbeck) Freeborn. He graduated in 1953 from Whiting High School. He and Marilyn Jane Hutchinson married on Oct. 6, 1953.

He retired in June 1996 after 41 years of service to the Kansas De­partment of Transportation, as a Metro utilities coordinator and co­ordinator of the Adopt-a-Highway program for the Department.

He was an avid wood carver, and was a member of the Kansas City Woodcarvers Club. He carved fig­ures and vignettes while Marilyn brought his carvings to life with her painting. Together they owned and operated Freeborns Wood Carving, selling carving tools, books and other needed items for wood carv­ers. He enjoyed teaching carving. They did not sell any of their hun­dreds of carvings but enjoyed do­nating them for the Club to raise money and giving them to family and friends.

He was scoutmaster for Troop 393 Boy Scouts of America, Over­land Park, and volunteered for many years at Camp Naish scout reservation in Kansas. He was a member of the Order of the Arrow and a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award.

After he retired he volunteered each Christmas for Crosslines for a number of years, and at the Shawnee Service Center.

He was a member of Knox Pres­byterian Church, Overland Park. He formerly was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Overland Park.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn, on Jan. 21, 2008; his parents; and a brother-in-law, Her­bert Nissen.

He is survived by two children and their spouses, Randal L. Free­born (Sandra), Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Lorita J. Stilley (William), Overland Park; four grandchildren and their spouses, Angela K. (Mi­chael) Pernoud, O’Fallon, Mo., Brian Lee (Jennifer) Freeborn, Raytown, Mo., Rebecca J. Stilley, Merriam, and Daniel W. Stilley, Overland Park; five great-grand­children, Caitlin Pernoud, Madeleine Pernoud, Levi Freeborn, Michael G. Pernoud, and Elaina Pernoud; a brother, Gary Freeborn, Truth or Consequences, N.M.; sis­ters, Lois (Tom) Peters, Gentry, Ark., and Sandra Wescott, Horton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Online condolences may be left at McGilley and Hoge, 8024 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS 66204 is in charge of arrangements.


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