ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Franklin William Freimund (a.k.a "Butch").  He was 75 years old, born on December 3, 1945, and passed away on April 20, 2021.
Posted by Jennifer Dumas on June 16, 2021
Nancy- This story is for YOU❤️ Amy always shared everything with me but she had neglected to mention that her dad was dating. I was out to dinner with my family in the Parkwest Shopping Center when I saw Frank with a woman laughing and carrying on like a giddy teenager in love! I hit the floor like a sniper. I had to get a clear view of what was going on without being spotted.  Then I immediately called Amy!  That's when she FINALLY told me her dad had met someone who really brought him joy and made him feel like a kid again
Posted by Sherry Karl on June 16, 2021
Back in 2016 one weekday evening, my path crossed with Frank at Harris Teeter and Sammi happened to be with me. He asked us if Sammi played sports and when we mentioned she played softball and liked pitching, his eyes lit up. He graciously offered to help her out and was an amazing pitching coach. He also helped out on several teams she played on and was always looking to help others. Sammi would not have been the pitcher she is today if it weren't for Frank - I believe God put him in our path.
Posted by Amy Flanagan on June 9, 2021
Love you daddy...miss you so much

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Posted by Jennifer Dumas on June 16, 2021
Nancy- This story is for YOU❤️ Amy always shared everything with me but she had neglected to mention that her dad was dating. I was out to dinner with my family in the Parkwest Shopping Center when I saw Frank with a woman laughing and carrying on like a giddy teenager in love! I hit the floor like a sniper. I had to get a clear view of what was going on without being spotted.  Then I immediately called Amy!  That's when she FINALLY told me her dad had met someone who really brought him joy and made him feel like a kid again
Posted by Sherry Karl on June 16, 2021
Back in 2016 one weekday evening, my path crossed with Frank at Harris Teeter and Sammi happened to be with me. He asked us if Sammi played sports and when we mentioned she played softball and liked pitching, his eyes lit up. He graciously offered to help her out and was an amazing pitching coach. He also helped out on several teams she played on and was always looking to help others. Sammi would not have been the pitcher she is today if it weren't for Frank - I believe God put him in our path.
Posted by Amy Flanagan on June 9, 2021
Love you daddy...miss you so much
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Franklin William Freimund passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on April 20, 2021 at the age of 75 in Cary, North Carolina.  Frank was born in Steven’s Point Wisconsin to Frank Louis Freimund and Erna Kebelowski.  He is survived by his fiancé, Nancy; daughter, Amy; his three grandchildren, Ryan, Emma & Leah; his two sisters, Marilyn & Karen; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.  

Frank was also known by many as “Butch”. He got this nickname as a young boy and it stuck with him through his entire life.  In fact, many of his family members only knew him as “Butch” and didn’t know his actual name was Frank!  

Frank’s first love was baseball.  He played during his younger years but would later take up coaching when Amy started to play softball at age 8.  He dedicated himself to learning as much as he could about the game of fastpitch softball and was still coaching and sharing his extensive knowledge with players at Mills Park Middle School and Panther Creek High School in Cary, NC up until the age of 73.  His players adored him and he was so proud of them.  Helping them grow as athletes brought great joy and purpose to his life. 

Frank was also passionate about music and was a very talented musician.  He wrote, sang, played piano, guitar, and drums.  He joined his first band as a drummer at age 17 and played in many different bands up until about 1980 (Cecil, Dream, and Star Kiss to name a few).  Frank and a few buddies formed his most successful band, The Bishops, while at Michigan State in 1966.  They did a few appearances at The Peppermint Lounge in NYC, once setting the record for attendance outdrawing Joey Dee and The Starlighters (an old house band from the early 60’s).  For their last appearance at the Lounge, the Box Tops followed them – best known for “Give Me A Ticket For An Airplane”.

Frank had a wonderful sense of humor and tried to make people laugh everywhere he went.  When asked for a name for a food order, he would reply “Well ok, don’t you like yours?”, or he would give them a random name “how about Bob?” and when they would call out “Bob’s” order he would forget that was the name he gave.  When leaving a recent chemo appointment, the receptionist said she was going to check him out.  He replied “Well, ok but won’t your husband be jealous?” and he proceeded to put his arms up and turn in a circle while posing.  Sometimes his jokes did not go over so well, however.  Like when he went to the eye doctor for a check- up.  They had dilated his eyes and he pretended to walk right into a wall and bang his head on the way out of the office. They were not laughing as they rushed over to make sure he was ok! 

Frank truly made this world a much better place by spreading joy, kindness and laughter everywhere he went.  He was also an extremely generous and giving man who would do anything to help a friend or family member and he will be missed dearly.   We cherish our memories of this amazing and wonderful man and the loving father, grandfather, fiancé, brother and friend he was.  We find comfort and peace in knowing he is in Heaven where there is no pain, sadness or suffering.  We look forward to seeing him again someday.    

A celebration of life will be held on June 27th, 2021, at Bass Lake Park, 900 Bass Lake Drive, Holly Springs, NC from 3:30-6 pm.  Please join us in person if you are able.  Here is a link to the optional virtual gathering from 5-5:40 the same day via Zoom: Frank Freimund Celebration of Life

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Un-Engagement

Shared by Amy Flanagan on June 19, 2021
Hope Nancy is ok with me posting this story, but it is one of my favorites!  

My dad met Nancy after his heart attack in Cardio Rehab. She worked there as one of the volunteers.  The first time he asked her out, she didn't even respond and just walked away.  She later told me she was so flustered as she had not been on a date in some time.  She didn't know what to say!  She eventually said yes to coffee and so began their love story :) 

When I first met Nancy I told my dad he had finally met his match!  Her sense of humor was completely in-line with his and she always had a comeback for him.  They were amazing together and I have never seen my dad so happy as when he was with Nancy (insert heart emoji here). 

They had both agreed that marriage was not something they were interested in doing again, but were totally committed to each other.  So my dad proceeded to purchase her an "Un-Engagement" Ring and got down on one knee and asked her to "never" marry him!  She wears the ring to this day and never takes it off.  I just loved their relationship...so open, honest, fun and very very very special.  I love you Nancy - thanks for making my dad so happy!  
Shared by Doug McDaniel on June 15, 2021
Frank's love of softball brought us together while I was coaching softball at Adrian College. He had a great wealth of knowledge about the game, pitching skills, and pitching mechanics. He was a true sports psychologist, always thinking, and usually about three steps ahead of everyone. He was very humble, fun to be around, and helped lead our team to great success. Frank will be missed by the game of softball, those he coached, coached with, and those he came into contact with.

Funny Story from Amy's friend Jen

Shared by Amy Flanagan on June 14, 2021
He alway brought laughter to my life.  I never new what surprising thing Frank might say.  My favorite memory was being at Target with Frank and Amy.  Frank said, "I feel like I'm standing on the corner of beautiful and gorgeous!".  I couldn't stop laughing!!!