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Looking for descendants of WWII serviceman, Stanley Freeman


Stanley Freeman
Stanley Freeman

A heartwarming story has emerged from Bedford, IN, where Kammi (Solmes) Contreras has found a box full of sentimental items that belonged to Elizabeth Freeman. Contreras was given the box of her grandmother's personal items after her father passed away, and discovered items belonging to Freeman. She believes Elizabeth may have rented a home in Bedford from her grandparents in the 1950s, and left the items behind when she moved.

The mementos are related to her son, Stanley Freeman, who was in the army during WWII. Contreras has been researching for a long time trying to find the correct Freeman family and believes she may have finally located Stanley Freeman’s son, Henry Ralph Freeman, living in Marion. However, she has been unable to locate a working email or phone number for him. Contreras has reached out to the local news, hoping to confirm that this Henry is indeed a descendant of Elizabeth and Stanley Freeman so she can return the pictures and mementos to the appropriate family. The items have sentimental value, and Contreras does not want anything in return. She simply wants to return the items to the rightful family, as she knows her grandmother would have wanted her to do so.

Contreras will be flying into Ft. Wayne, IN next month to visit her family and is happy to deliver the items in person, assuming they have found the correct family. This story is a beautiful example of the power of human kindness, and how one act of goodwill can bring closure and joy to someone's life.

If you or someone you know are a descendant of the Feeeman’s, Kammi would love to hear from you.

Contact: Kammi (Solmes) Contreras

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 Elizabeth’s Obituary  The Times-Mail 19 Nov 1964, Thu – Page 2
Elizabeth’s Obituary The Times-Mail 19 Nov 1964, Thu – Page 2

 Ralph’s Obituary  The Reporter -Times 17 Feb 1973, Sat Page 1
Ralph’s Obituary The Reporter -Times 17 Feb 1973, Sat Page 1

 Stanley and his wife, Mary Violet Kern Freeman, had a son named Henry and a daughter or two.  (Henry was listed as the informant on Stanley’s death certificate.)
Stanley and his wife, Mary Violet Kern Freeman, had a son named Henry and a daughter or two. (Henry was listed as the informant on Stanley’s death certificate.)

The Indianapolis News 19 Feb 1973, Mon – Page 35
The Indianapolis News 19 Feb 1973, Mon – Page 35

The Indianapolis News 19 Feb 1973, Mon – Page 35
The Indianapolis News 19 Feb 1973, Mon – Page 35

The Indianapolis Star 19 Feb 1973, Mon – Page 39
The Indianapolis Star 19 Feb 1973, Mon – Page 39

Stanley’s Wife’s Obituary
Stanley’s Wife’s Obituary

The Indianapolis Star 02 Apr 1941, Wed – Page 20
The Indianapolis Star 02 Apr 1941, Wed – Page 20

 The Times-Mail 11 Aug 1943, Wed – Page 3
The Times-Mail 11 Aug 1943, Wed – Page 3

The Indianapolis Star 06 Jun 1944, Tue – Page 12
The Indianapolis Star 06 Jun 1944, Tue – Page 12

 The Indianapolis News 22 Jun 1944, Thu – Page 10
The Indianapolis News 22 Jun 1944, Thu – Page 10

The Indianapolis Star 02 Jul 1944, Sun – Page 39
The Indianapolis Star 02 Jul 1944, Sun – Page 39

The Times-Mail 11 Feb. 1949, Fri – Page 1
The Times-Mail 11 Feb. 1949, Fri – Page 1

The Times-Mail 03 Apr 1952, Thur – Page 11
The Times-Mail 03 Apr 1952, Thur – Page 11

 The Times-Mail 19 Jan 1953, Mon – Page 1
The Times-Mail 19 Jan 1953, Mon – Page 1

 The Times-Mail 25 Feb 1963, Mon – Page 11
The Times-Mail 25 Feb 1963, Mon – Page 11

 The Times-Mail 30 Dec 1978, Sat – Page 4
The Times-Mail 30 Dec 1978, Sat – Page 4

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