Allerd Freimark -- Fountain
Allerd Freimark, 72, of rural Fountain, died Sunday, Nov. 5, at Saint Marys Hospital of pulmonary fibrosis believed to be caused by farmer’s lung. He was diagnosed with farmer’s lung, an allergy to molds in certain crops, about 40 years ago.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, with the Rev. Mark VanHouse officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley and one hour before the service.
Mr. Freimark was born Nov. 18, 1945, in Rochester to Erhard and Frances Freimark. He grew up on the family farm in rural Wykoff, attending Wykoff Public Schools.
He worked with his father and brother, Avery, for many years on the family farm. Together, they milked 60 Brown Swiss cows, raised sheep, hogs and crops on the family farm in rural Wykoff. Later, he moved to a farm he owned with Avery, about a mile from the home farm, in rural Fountain.
Allerd was involved in several civic organizations, including the Wykoff Historical Society, which operates Ed’s Museum. He was very proud of his Red Cross blood donation record, reaching several gallons. He enjoyed restoring farm implements, including John Deere tractors owned by his grandparents, Renata and Ernest Freimark and Herman and Mary Barchent, and driving them in area parades and to area nursing homes, much to the delight of residents. Allerd was a strong supporter of the ethanol industry and was always ready for a debate, especially if it involved politics. A friend once referred to him as “erudite.”
Mr. Freimark is survived by his brother, Avery of rural Wykoff; sister, Aleta (Ralph) Capelle of Spring Valley; sister, Amber Freimark of Wykoff; niece, Autumn (Brad) Hoag, and their daughters, Kennedy and Cadence, of Plymouth; niece, Amanda (Nils) Wahlander, and their daughter, Isla, of New Hope, Minn.; as well as cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, aunts and uncles and several beloved pets, including Hillary and Chelsea.