Joseph Freeman



Joseph C. Freeman, age 68, of Greenfield, passed away Sunday, May 28, 2023. He was born on an Army base in Tripoli, Libya on December 25, 1954 to Ernest and Mary (O’Bannon) Freeman. He graduated from Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis, IN in 1973. Mr. Freeman earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. He married Kellie L. (Brown) Freeman on December 15, 1990 at the Mooreland Friends Church in Mooreland, IN.

Mr. Freeman was a devoted teacher for many years. He began his teaching career at Fountain Central High School in Veedersburg, IN. Following one year of teaching at Fountain Central, Mr. Freeman began his 42-year career at Mt. Vernon High School in Fortville, IN where he taught French, Spanish, English, and journalism. Mr. Freeman retired in 2020.

Mr. Freeman enjoyed camping, watching his kids play sports when they were young, tending to his many dogs, and spending time with his family and friends. Since retirement, he enjoyed keeping up on many sports and watching movies. He especially enjoyed Saturday lunch with “the boys.”

He is survived by his wife, Kellie; son, Dylan (Hannah); daughter, Tessa; brother, James “Cliff” Freeman; granddog, Leo; and his beloved dog, Tanzy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Mary Freeman; and brother, Jeffrey “Jeff” Freeman.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2023 from 11am until 2pm at Erlewein Mortuary &Crematory, 1484 W. US Hwy. 40, Greenfield, IN, 46140. Family and friends are asked to come and mingle, share stories and memories of Joe with one another, and honor his love of animals in a special way by bringing a photo of your dog with a favorite memory of Joe written on the back.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to one of the following organizations in Joe’s memory: PAWS Hancock by mail at 1547 N. State Street, Greenfield IN 46140 or online at, or to the Friends of Ft. Harrison State Park by mail at 5753 Glenn Road, Indianapolis, IN 46216 or online at—support. Envelopes will be available at the mortuary.

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