EAST PRAIRIE -- Ralph John Freese, 64, died at 1:24 p.m. Feb. 23, 2012, at the East Prairie Nursing Center.
Born Aug. 2, 1947, at Morris, Minn., to the late Zollie and Alabelle Laura Roberts Pochie, he lived for the past 20 years in East Prairie where he was a retired truck driver and was of the Catholic belief. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War.
He is survived by: two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ralph John Freese Jr. of Chicago and Michael and Rebecca Freese of Sophia, W.Va.; one stepson and daughter-in-law, Sen. John R. and Nicole Bennett of Sallisaw, Okla.; one stepdaughter and son-in-law, Bobby Jo and David Real of Sallisaw; one brother, John Pochie of Joliet, Ill.; three sisters, Ella Siroskey of Hawaii and Laura Hawkins and Michelle Freese of Bridgeview, Ill.; and 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at the Shelby Funeral Home in East Prairie.
Online condolences may be made at www.shelbyfuneral.com.