LeRoy A. Freitag, of Bensenville, formerly of Franklin Park, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at the age of 86.
He was born on July 31, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Arthur and Edwarda Freitag.
Loving husband of the late Elaine E. Freitag for nearly 64 years.
Brother of the late Arthur Freitag and the late Edward Freitag, and sister-in-laws Lenore (Hank) Meyer, and the late Dolores Little.
Beloved Father of Cindy (Jay) Snyder and Ronald (Dorothy) Freitag.
Proud Grandfather of Jennifer Snyder (Eric Kauffman), Heather (Adam) Petersen, Bradley (Kerri) Snyder, Jason Snyder (Mary NeCastro), Cory Freitag, and Cody Freitag (Urmilla Banerjee).
Dear Great Grandfather of Aubrey and Daniel Petersen, Mikayla and Delilah Snyder.
Great Step-grandfather of Ashton and Cole Kauffman.
Uncle of Lorene (Ken) Buerger and Great Uncle of Zachary Buerger.
Uncle of Al (Barb) Freitag, the late Jeff (Anita) Freitag, Steve (Pat) Freitag, Scott Freitag, the late Terry Freitag, and the late Keith Freitag.
LeRoy went to Norman Bridge Elementary School in Chicago, Il. His favorite subject was mathematics and he liked to play baseball and football. He went on to Steimnetz High School in Chicago. He met the love of his life Elaine while attending an after prom outing at Druce Lake. He saved Elaine from drowning in a whirlpool. They dated after that until they were married Sept. 29th, 1956.
In 1953 LeRoy started working on the Milwaukee Railroad at age 17. He started by shoveling coal on a 5-3 steamer. He made overnight trips to Savannah, IL and worked in the switching yards in both Bensenville, IL, and Western Avenue – Chicago, IL. After 44 years of railroading, he retired in 1997.
In 1958 LeRoy was drafted into the Army and served in Korea and finished his tour of duty at Fort Riley Kansas in March of 1960.
Throughout the years, Leroy and Elaine enjoyed camping with their family in their tents, travel trailers, and motor homes. They belonged to the Windy City Ramblers and the Newmar Trailer Clubs. He loved traveling with the grandchildren. LeRoy and Elaine eventually became full time winter Texans traveling to and from Trophy Gardens in McAllen, Texas.
LeRoy and Elaine loved animals including their goldfish, a rabbit, a wire hair fox terrier and two St Bernards. They enjoyed training in obedience and showing the St. Bernards.
In 1982 LeRoy joined the Elmhurst Masonic Lodge #941. Went up the line and became Worshipful Master in 1988. LeRoy was a member of the Scottish Rite and Medinah Shriners.
LeRoy enjoyed spending time with the family, whether it was attending band concerts, helping with school projects, attending baseball games, or spending time with the grandkids and great grandkids.
A Wake will be held at Sax-Tiedemann Funeral Home on Sunday, June 5, 2022, from 3:00pm until 8:00pm, with a Masonic Service at 7:00pm.
Funeral Service will take place at Sax-Tiedemann Funeral Home on Monday, June 6, 2022, at 10:30am.
LeRoy will be laid to rest at Mount Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst, Illinois, on June 6, 2022, at 11:30am.
Our family hopes you will be able to join us at those times to remember him and all the lives that he touched.
Dad, you will forever be in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Shriners Hospital for Children – CHICAGO, 2211 N. Oak Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60707 or lovetotherescue.org – click DONATE.