Obituaries

Mary Jane Coots
B: 1936-08-05
D: 2018-08-13
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Coots, Mary Jane
Ruth Thomas
B: 1957-09-27
D: 2018-08-13
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Thomas, Ruth
Angeline Martino
B: 1927-03-06
D: 2018-08-10
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Martino, Angeline
Mary Ottinger
B: 1925-06-30
D: 2018-08-06
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Ottinger, Mary
Pamela Brown
B: 1957-07-03
D: 2018-08-05
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Brown, Pamela
Darla Watts
B: 1961-03-05
D: 2018-08-03
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Watts, Darla
Gregory Lake
B: 1952-06-06
D: 2018-08-02
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Lake, Gregory
Keith Hoffmann
B: 1968-09-30
D: 2018-08-02
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Hoffmann, Keith
James Turner
B: 1919-11-29
D: 2018-07-28
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Turner, James
Amanda (Lesh) Eads
B: 1977-12-12
D: 2018-07-24
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(Lesh) Eads, Amanda
Russell Rackers
B: 1955-10-23
D: 2018-07-21
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Rackers, Russell
Sharon Hailey
B: 1938-04-24
D: 2018-07-15
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Hailey, Sharon
Susan Kroeger
B: 1958-02-24
D: 2018-07-10
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Kroeger, Susan
James Beam
B: 1967-11-22
D: 2018-07-09
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Beam, James
Frances Nickens
B: 1923-08-04
D: 2018-07-08
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Nickens, Frances
Homer Phillips
B: 1934-09-12
D: 2018-07-07
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Phillips, Homer
LeRoy Heman
B: 1936-06-07
D: 2018-07-04
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Heman, LeRoy
Calvin Oliver
B: 1927-10-22
D: 2018-07-04
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Oliver, Calvin
Mary E. Suits Riggs
B: 1929-04-28
D: 2018-07-01
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Suits Riggs, Mary E.
Kelly Page
B: 1961-01-22
D: 2018-06-29
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Page, Kelly
Larry Ramsey
B: 1947-08-24
D: 2018-06-28
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Ramsey, Larry

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Phil Freeman

Phil Freeman’s organizational skills and attention to details are qualities he brings to both his business and the community.  He is well known in Jefferson City as being very community oriented.  Phil’s civic involvement actually started in 1974 when he became the second generation in Freeman Mortuary.

Phil graduated in 1971 from Jefferson City High School.  He graduated with honors from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1974 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Columbia College in 1975.

Phil has served as past president of the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce, the United Way, the YMCA, and the Capital Region Medical Center Foundation.  He spent nine years on the Jefferson City Board of Education including two terms as president.

He has been co-chairman of the Rape and Abuse Crisis Service building drive, fund drives for the new locker room and field renovations at Adkins Stadium for the Jefferson City High School and chairman of the final phase for the fund drive for the Miller Performing Arts Center.  He is currently serving as chairman of the Old Town Redevelopment Board.

He worked to pass the One-Half Cent Sales Tax in 1987, 2001, and 2006.  He was, also, co-chairman of the school tax levy that passed in April 2002, which helped raise salaries for teachers.

Phil is a past member of the Jefferson City West Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow through Rotary International.

He received the Jaycees Distinguished Service Award in 1981.  In 2002, he was the recipient of the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce Meritorious Civic Service Award.
Phil is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of Missouri and is a member of both the National Funeral Directors Assn. and the Missouri Funeral Directors Assn.


Ryan Freeman, Funeral Director and Embalmer

Ryan Freeman takes great pride in being the third generation in his family’s funeral home.  He has quite literally grown up in the business starting with mowing grass, washing cars, and shoveling snow.  Ryan graduated as salutatorian from Jefferson City High School in 2001 and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Missouri in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a double major in Finance and Banking and Real Estate.  While at Mizzou Ryan was selected as a member of the Chancellor’s Leadership Class and volunteered at the Nora Stewart Memorial Nursery School.  He attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated in the top five of his class in 2006 with an Associate of Science degree in Mortuary Science.

Ryan is continuing his family’s commitment to the community being involved as past president of the Jefferson City Rotaract Club, a board member of the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce and helped co-chair the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce annual barbecue, a member of the 2008 Leadership Class of Jefferson City, serves on the governing body of Capital Region Medical Center, and has worked with the Jefferson City Public Schools on several issues. Ryan was the commencement speaker at the 2007 Jefferson City High School graduation and honored to be the co-chair of the community initiative for the CharacterPlus program throughout Cole County.

He was honored in April 2010 as an American Red Cross Hero because of his efforts with the H.U.G.S. children’s support group that he help start.

He and his wife, Ashley, have a daughter, Charlotte, and a son, Mack.

Ryan is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Missouri.

Amy Freeman, Office Manager

Amy Walz Freeman has been employed since 1995 as secretary in her husband’s family business.  Before that, she managed the drapery shop and workroom at Milo H. Walz, Inc., and was a substitute teacher for many years in the Jefferson City Public Schools.  Amy is a 1973 graduate of Jefferson City High School and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Lincoln University.

Throughout the years Amy has been very involved in the community.  Some of her commitments include being past president of P.E.O., Chapter HM, Methodist Pre-Kindergarten, Moreau Heights PTO, and the City-Wide PTA/PTO.  She is, also, a past chairman of the Rape and Abuse Crisis Service board of directors.

Amy is a past board member of the March of Dimes, Special Learning Center, Special Learning Center Foundation, Jefferson City Public Schools Foundation and Meals on Wheels, Inc.  She was a volunteer driver for 20 years for Meals on Wheels.  She has also served as a docent at the Governor’s Mansion.    Amy is a member of the Capital Region Board of Governors and The Tuesday Club.

While their sons, Don and Ryan, were young both Amy and Phil were active with the Jefferson City Babe Ruth program and the JCHS football and baseball boosters.  They are members of First United Methodist Church.

Kevin Clardy, Funeral Director

Kevin Clardy is a lifelong resident of Jefferson City.  He is a 1975 graduate of Jefferson City High School and has been a part of Freeman Mortuary for  over 30 years since April 1978.

Kevin is an ardent supporter of Boy Scouts in Jefferson City.  In 1988, Kevin started his scouting career with the Cub Scouts at Pack 20, West School with his older son, John.  In 1992, he joined Boy Scout Troop 2 at the First Presbyterian Church as an Assistant Scoutmaster.  In 1997, Kevin went back to Cub Scouts but this time at Pack 2, Belair School with his younger son, Matt.

Kevin was a part of the Wood Badge Staff starting in 1997 serving on eight courses.  In 2000, he became the staff Quartermaster for the council’s Tech Expo for the 21st Century Celebration then in 2004, he was, once again, the staff Quartermaster for the Lewis and Clark Celebration at the Ike Skelton Center.  In 2001, Kevin was awarded the Five Rivers District Award of Merit.

When not busy with his scouting efforts, Kevin has been a member of the Jefferson City Jaycees, and is currently serving as vice president on the Riverview Cemetery Board of Directors.

Kevin is a licensed funeral director in the state of Missouri.  He and his wife, Renee, reside in Jefferson City.

Becca Reichard, Funeral Director

Becca Reichard has been with our funeral home since September, 2007.  She is a lifelong resident of Jefferson City graduating from Jefferson City High School in 2001.  

Becca became a licensed funeral director in 2009.  With a background in nursing, Becca’s caring nature and compassion is a tremendous help to the families we serve.  

She and her husband, Mike, have one son, Foster.




BreAnna Bichsel, Funeral Director and Embalmer

BreAnna Bichsel was raised in Leonard, Missouri and is a 2010 graduate of North Shelby High School. After High School, Bre moved from her home town to Dallas, Texas where she attended the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. She graduated with an Associate of Science degree in Mortuary Science in November of 2011. She was previously employed at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas before returning to Missouri in 2013. Once back in Missouri, she began working at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. Bre has been with Freeman Mortuary since June of 2014. She is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.

Lindsey Rowden, Family Care Specialist

Lindsey Rowden joined our team as a Family Care Specialist in 2017. She is a lifelong resident of Jefferson City graduating from Jefferson City High School in 1998 and Lincoln University in 2002.  

Lindsey worked for over 20 years in the telecommunications industry covering every facet from customer service and sales to corporate account management. She enjoys volunteering in the community. She was named HALO Volunteer of the Year in 2015 is currently on the HALO Home Board of Directors and a co-chair for the annual Gala.  She has been involved with Methodist Early Learning Center, both Belair and West Elementary School PTA’s, is a member of First United Methodist Church and is currently serving in her 2nd term with the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission.  

After suddenly losing her mother in 2015, she decided to make a career change and use her story to help other families. She specializes in family care both before and after a loss. She brings an empathy and understanding of losing a loved one and all of the many details that go into planning a loved one’s service. Her creativity, attention to detail and compassion for those around her is an excellent resource to the families we serve.

She and her husband, Ryan, have a son, Cooper, and two daughters, Sadie and Nora.  

Ashley Freeman, Graphic Artist

Gara Loskill, Celebrant

Gara Loskill has been a resident in Jefferson City for 35 years. She has been married to Jim Loskill for 37 years and has 2 daughters, Casey Zona of St. Louis and Calli Loskill of St. Louis and one granddaughter, Tatum Zona of St. Louis.

Gara worked for the Jefferson City Public Schools for 25 years as a teacher of Public Speaking, Theater and Communication Arts. Gara also served as the director of the Miller Performing Arts Center, Fine Arts Coordinator and Character Education Coordinator for the Jefferson City Public Schools before her retirement of 34 years of service to the public schools.

Gara has also worked as a wedding coordinator for the past 15 years in the Jefferson City area.

Gara enjoys spending time with her girls, traveling with her husband and friends, entertaining family and friends, theater, art, gardening and cooking.