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William Hillyer Freeland
Aug 27, 1913 - May 3, 2006
Posted by Janet Laubhan Flickinger

Photo by Phil & Donna (Stricklan) Whitaker


William Hillyer Freeland, 92, of Norman died Wednesday, May 3 at Arbor House Reminisce Center attended by his family.

Services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church in Norman with the Rev. Phil Fenn officiating. Burial will be held at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Norman. Services are under the direction of Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman.

Hillyer was born August 27, 1913 in Cresent, OK to Willis and Anna Taliaferro-Freeland. He married Dorothy Gish-Freeland on February 3, 1946. They had two children, Judy Freeland-Agent and Bill Freeland. Mr. Freeland moved to Norman in 1930 where he graduated from Norman High School and later the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. In 1939 Mr. Freeland assumed the position of Financial Secretary at the Oklahoma Memorial Student Union. He was soon promoted to Operations Manager in addition to overseeing the south wing expansion to the facility. From 1942-1946 he enlisted in the field artillery branch of the United States Army and served in South Pacific region during World War II. While in the Army he was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, achieving the rank of Major. Following the war, he returned to Norman and resumed his career with the Student Union. He became General Manager following the death of Ted Beaird in 1949. He also served as Secretary Manager of the Board of Trustees until his retirement in 1979. Mr. Freeland was a member of McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church for over 75 years. He was also actively involved with civic organizations including the Norman Lion's Club, Norman Chamber of Commerce, 32 degree Mason, and the Norman Shrine Club. At the university, he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity. He was a long-time support of the University of Oklahoma and an OU football season ticket holder for 59 years. Other interests included gardening, real-estate and finance.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy of Norman; son Bill Freeland and his wife Libby of Eureka Springs, AR; daughter Judy of Norman; four granddaughters, Kristin Agent-Meier and husband Scott of Norman, Megan Agent-Curry and husband Jay of Norman, Ellen Freeland of Fayetteville, AR and Emy Freeland of Eureka Springs, AR; grandson Will Agent of Norman; and sister Opal FreelandHueneke of Tulsa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Anna; brother Merl; son-in-law Larry Agent; and two brother-in-laws, David Wood Gish and Stewart Harral.

Bearers will be Don Harral, Larry Harral, Steven Harral, Scott Meier, Jay Curry, Mike Queen. Honorary bearers will be James Adair, Fritz Voelker, and Phyllis Hillery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the OU Foundation in memory of Hillyer Freeland, 100 Timberdell Road, Norman, OK 73019 or McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church, PO Box 6390, Norman, OK 73070.

Condolences may be sent online at: www.havenrbrookfuneralhome .com/obituaries.html Havenbrook Funeral Home Family Owned & Operated Norman - 329-0101 


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