William “Bill” Kemper Freshney

By  | September 15, 2019 | Filed under: Laughlin Service Funeral Home, Obituaries

William “Bill” Kemper Freshney, husband of Patricia Hanna Heisley Freshney, passed away Thursday at the age of 90. He will be remembered as a wonderful spouse and the best father.

His children are Pamela Freshney (Ed Lanius), Tricia Freshney McKee (Will), and Betsy Freshney Estopinal (Noel). Even though all his children were girls, he taught them well, took them camping and devoted himself to their care. Bill had a terrific sense of humor.

Raised in Covington, Kentucky, he graduated with a BFA from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and was in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves for 20 years, on active duty in New Orleans, retiring as a Commander.

Bill served in a variety of sales, management and executive positions for Blue Cross and Blue Shield, both in Ohio and in Louisiana, where he retired after 33 years. He was an active community leader and a church volunteer. As an adult, he lived in Cincinnati and Springfield, Ohio, and in Shreveport and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was active in many organizations including the Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, Optimist’s Club, Broadmoor Presbyterian Church (where he served as Deacon), Masons, Shriners, Meals on Wheels, and many others. He was greatly loved.

He and his wife Pat moved to Huntsville, Alabama in 2016. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, and seven grandchildren: James Lanius, Sarah Estopinal, Elissa Estopinal Boatwright, William Zachary Lanius, Henry McKee, Kathryn Estopinal, and Christina Noël Estopinal. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin E. and Velma Freshney, and his sister, Peggy Freshney, of Covington, Kentucky.

Bill will be remembered, loved and missed by his family and friends.

Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m. on Monday, September 16 at Covenant Presbyterian Church.

A memorial service will follow at the church with the Rev. David Kling officiating.

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