Howard J. Freund
Published in Chicago
Suburban Daily Herald on November 8, 2012
Howard J. Freund of
Palatine Howard J. Freund, 88, passed away Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. He
was born on July 17, 1924, in Johnsburg, IL.
Howard had a passion for baseball and loved the Cubs. When he turned 15
he played for a hometown baseball team the Johnsburg Tigers. Johnsburg
was the smallest town in the league however they won seven championships
in 10 years. In 1952, he won the Illinois State Semi Pro Championship,
an amateur team, yet played the semi pros (which was unusual).
When Howard was 19 he was scouted by Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby. He
played with the Chicago Cubs for three months and continued to play on
the Cubs Farm League in 1945. He also played on a roller hockey league
that traveled all over McHenry County.
Howard was on the board of directors for both Palatine Little League and
Babe Ruth League. He was a member of the Moose and Elks Clubs, and was
an avid golfer having scored 4 holes-in-one!
Howard was employed with United Airlines for 20 years. He was married
to the beloved Betty Maxwell on Nov. 22, 1947, in Johnsburg, IL. Howard
and Betty raised their seven children in Palatine, IL and later moved
to Surprise, AZ in 1999. They remained there until this past August when
they returned to Illinois.
Howard is survived by his spouse, Betty; sons, Kevin (Cheryl) of Crystal
Lake, Craig (Jan) of Huntley, Keith (Shirley) of Crystal Lake, Ken (Patty)
of Palatine, Curt (Tina) of Palatine and daughters, Denise Loth (Richard)
of Bisbee, Ariz. and Dawn Freund of Wisconsin; 14 grandchildren and one
great-grandchild; as well as Howard's brother, Lloyd Freund (Doris); and
many nieces and nephews.
Howard was preceded in death by his parents, the late Peter and Emma Freund
of Johnsburg IL; brother, Alvin Freund of Chicago, IL; sisters, Rita Miller
and Lorraine Rutzen of Johnsburg IL.
A celebration of life will be held in Howard's honor on Saturday, Nov.
10, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Jameson's Charhouse, 1331 W. Dundee Road, Arlington
Heights, IL 60004.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mooseheart International.
Please make checks payable to Moose Charities located at 155 S. International
Drive, Mooseheart, IL 60539-1100.