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Kenneth Richard Freitas
(August 13, 1924 - February 12, 2013)

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Kenneth Richard Freitas

U.S. Veteran

Kenneth Richard Freitas 88 years of age of Salmon, Idaho passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 in Salmon, Idaho. A Memorial Mass will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at St. Charles Catholic Church, with Reverend Chase R. Hasenoehrl Presiding. Military Honors provided by Idaho Honor Guard and American Legion Lloyd Shaw Post #67. Memorials may be made to St. Charles Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 550, Salmon, Idaho 83467 or Hospice of Salmon Valley, 506 Van Dreff St., Salmon, Idaho 83467. Arrangements by Jones & Casey Funeral Home of Salmon, Idaho. Kenneth Richard Freitas was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the older of two boys born to Manuel Taralhao Freitas and Mary Laurentina Furtado Freitas. He grew up in Honolulu and attended Maryknoll and St. Augustine elementary schools and graduated in 1942 from St. Louis High School in Honolulu. He loved attending the sporting events and cheered his team on. He worked on the Military base in the machine shop and drafting after graduating from high school and attended business school for two years until he was drafted into the army. He served in Japan and was honorably discharged in 1946. He went to work as a clerk for the Veterans Administration for the next eleven years. Then in 1959 he went to work for the U.S. Postal Service as a Postal Clerk until his retirement in 1979 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was the American Postal Workers Union Officer and member for most of his postal career. He loved his football, especially the 49ers, woodworking and writing letters. He liked to work in the yard and taking care of his train sets. He loved to put on his best sport coat and “cutting a rug” as he would call it, but most of all loved his family and his faith. On February 1, 1975 in Honolulu, Hawaii he was united in marriage to Marie Elena Ballard at St. Augustine Church and renewed their vows again every five years thereafter. The couple moved October 10, 1980 to Elk Bend and then to Salmon in 2004. On April 15, 1984 the couple were blessed to adopt their daughter April just three days after she was born. His granddaughters were the light of his life. He treasured the time spent with all three of them, and he was their Papa. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus Council #5000 out of Honolulu. He is survived by wife Marie Freitas of Salmon, Idaho, daughter April Freitas of Salmon, Idaho, three granddaughters: Krysalynn, Kenideigh & Kjadia Freitas of Salmon, Idaho; niece Karen (Robert) Kurlansky of Kamuela, Hawaii; 18 great nieces and nephews and 18 great-great nieces and nephews; aunt Alice Enos of Hayward, California, uncle Clarence Furtado of San Jose, California, sister-in-law Charla (Tom) Mooney of Camarillo, California and brother-in-law Christopher Ballard of Simi Valley, California, and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Theodore Freitas, and sister-in-law Estelle Freitas.

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