Parkston - Milton Richard Freier, 95, went to his heavenly home on Thursday, February 17 at Avera Bormann Manor in Parkston. There will be a private family service at a later time. Milton was born May 21, 1925 to Richard and Beatha (Leischner) Freier on the family farm in Delmont, SD. He attended school at Freier #88 Country School near Delmont. He married Elaine Decker on August 22, 1948 in Parkston, SD and started their life together in Delmont, SD. In 1956, Milton and Elaine moved to a farm in Parkston, SD where they raised cattle, dairy cows, sheep, hogs and chickens, as well as raised corn, oats and soybean crops. Four children were born to this union, 3 sons and 1 daughter. Milton was very active as a member of the Parkston Congregational Church. He enjoyed singing in the Men’s Choir, taught Sunday school and served on multiple church committees. Milton served many years on the Turner Hutchinson Electric Board, Heartland Board, Agland Coop Board, Hutchinson County Fair Board, and was a 4H Leader in Hutchinson County. A scholarship fund, awarded annually, was established by Milton and Elaine, in support of the Pharmacy Program at South Dakota State University. His wife of 69 years, Elaine Freier, passed away November 17, 2017. Milton’s greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Grateful for having shared in his life are 3 children; Garry (Jo) Freier of Mitchell, SD; Joel (Brenda) Freier of Cutler, OH; and Denise (Mike) Muntefering of Dimock, SD; 11 grandchildren; Nathan, Josh, Chris, and Steve Freier, Heather Taylor, Jennifer Trustem, Alexia Klinkhammer, Drew Muntefering, Mallory Zirpel, Ian Lyn, and Olivia Kaptis and 25 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elaine; son, Douglas; 2 great-granddaughters: Keelyn and Ashlyn Klinkhammer; and 2 sisters, Luella Sprecher and Gertrude Carstens.