James Wilbur "Jim" Freeman, 72, of Billings passed peacefully in his sleep at his home on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008, after an extended illness. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Jackie; daughters Stacy Freeman of Edmonds, Wash., and Rocky Neyland (Kelly) of Great Falls.
Jim was born in Akron, Ohio, on April 5, 1936, to Wilbur and Selena (Delp) Freeman. He was a career military man serving in the United States Air Force for 20 years, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. He retired in 1974 with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. He then began a 21-year career with the Federal Aviation Administration, which began in Great Falls and continued in Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo. He retired from an administrative position at Billings Logan Airport in 1995. Jim was known by his "troops" as a fair and capable "boss." To his friends, he is remembered as a true gentleman and a friend that was always there for them. We, his girls, will remember him as a generous, wise and loving husband and father. He remained an avid golfer throughout his life and a diehard Broncos fan to the end.
Jim was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ralph and Elsie Delp, and his parents.
At the request of the deceased, no public services are planned.
The family suggests memorials be sent to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite #1010, Rockville, MD 20852. Condolences may be posted online at www.billingsgazette.net/obituaries.