Douglas P. Freed, 75, of Fond du Lac, died Thursday, September 8, 2022, at his residence. He was born on July 25, 1947, in Fond du Lac, the son of Henry and Elaine (Marsh) Freed.
He is survived by five siblings, Marcia Mylott, Deborah (Leo) Puddy, Mark (Julea) Freed, Alan (Pamela) Freed, and Jackie (Bruce) Bergman; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Doug grew up in Calvary just outside Mt. Calvary, WI. He was a special guy, full of generosity, warmth, and humor. He had a caring heart for “all creatures, great and small”.
He liked to hunt and fish, endeavoring to catch the big one while spending time at the family cabin near Mercer WI.
He had a Triumph motorcycle when most guys his age could only dream of having a ride like that. From his boyhood home he would ride into Fond du Lac and cruise around Goodrich High School. The girls in class bolted from their desks to get a look at this “wild one’ with the wavy blonde hair and natural good looks.
In 1967, Doug, along with some friends, drove his TR6 Triumph all the way to Peoria IL to attend the cross-country TT races. On the way down, six of the friends were down to two motorcycles, riding three on a bike for the last eighty miles. Even the backup vehicle, an old school bus, blew a rod in route. Doug’s bike made it all the way there, and back. He will always be remembered for helping to keep everyone’s spirits up.
As a young man Doug had an interest in old cars as well as motorcycles. This interest led him to restore a beautiful 1957 Chevy.
Doug, along with a partner, owned and operated an amusement business in the late 1960’s. It was around this time that he began his interest in stocks, bonds and buying gold. An avid reader of financial magazines, he loved to discuss investment strategies.
His love for adventure never changed as he set out for California, on his own, to pursue whatever might lay ahead. Much of his life was spent traveling, often camping in parks throughout the country. He often visited family in South Carolina as well as travel to California and Mexico. He was always interested in anything that was around the next corner.
Cremation has taken place and a private family burial will be held at Rienzi Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the staff at the FDL County Department of Community Programs where Doug enjoyed his weekly dice games with the “gang”.
The family would also like to extend a special thank you to Debbie Jimenez for her many years of care and compassion. Doug looked forward to her visits and always greeted her with his big smile.
Services are in the care of Uecker-Witt Funeral Home, 524 North Park Avenue, Fond du Lac, WI, 54935. Additional information and guestbook can be found at ueckerwitt.com