Kenneth J. Freiburger

July 15, 1932 - June 26, 2018

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Kenneth J. Freiburger, Jr., 85, of Kendallville died Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Lutheran Life Villages, Kendallville.

He was born July 15, 1932, in Kendallville to Kenneth Joseph Freiburger, Sr. and Ruth Harriet (Kraner) Freiburger.

On December 11, 1971, in Kendallville he married Jane C. McKean.

A lifetime area resident, he was a 1951 graduate of Kendallville High School where he received the nickname, “Gooch”. He received a mechanical engineering degree from Purdue University.

He served in the National Guard from 1952 to 1955

Mr. Freiburger worked with his father at Acme Tool and Machine Co. and Engineering Research Tool Co. that his father started in Kendallville in 1946. He became a partner in 1954 and continued until his father’s death in 1966. He then founded Noble Tool & Die, Inc. in Kendallville and built the first new building in the East Kendallville Industrial Park in 1967.

In April, 1971, he started Kevco Tool and Mfg., Inc. in Kendallville which was one of the first companies in northern Indiana to buy and use CNC machines. During the last few years of the business, he designed and built new tooling for an Indiana Japanese/American automotive supplier company. He traveled to Japan for the Nishikawa Rubber Company and learned basic Japanese language for this trip. He sold the businesses in 1996.

He was the owner of K & J Associates since 1982, as a contract engineer and computer instructor. He was also a website developer and did light computer repair work. He also worked for Nova Tool & Engineering, Inc. in Fort Wayne from 1995 to 1996, and Bosch Automotive Motor Systems Corporation in Albion from 1997 to 1999.

He was a member of Trinity Church United Methodist and American Legion Post 86, both in Kendallville. In 1947, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Kenny was a colon cancer survivor. In 1993 to 1994 during his chemo treatments, he taught himself to paint and created several works of art. He also was a drummer in high school and college and had a small band.

Surviving are his wife, Jane Freiburger of Kendallville; two sons, Kenneth Bruce (Jackie) Freiburger of Kendallville and Kenneth Bradley (Teresa) Freiburger of Decatur; a daughter, Monique C. Zawadzke of Kendallville; four grandchildren, Nathen (Kristi) Freiburger, Matthew (Katie) Freiburger, Brett (Christine) Freiburger, and Nicole Freiburger; and two great-grandchildren, Memphis Freiburger and Emmett Freiburger.

He was preceded in death by a son, Kevin J. Freiburger; and a son-in-law, Steve Zawadzke.

There will be no visitation or services. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

Preferred memorials are to Lutheran Life Villages of Kendallville.

Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Patsy Brandgard Sokol
July 1st, 2018 12:34am
Lebanon, In

Dear Jane, I was so sorry to hear about Ken's passing. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With love, Patsy

Judy Campbell
June 29th, 2018 8:25pm

Jane, so very sorry for your loss.

Kevin Knott
June 29th, 2018 1:38pm
Boulder, CO

My condolences to the Freiburger family. I learned a great deal from Ken, who was always willing to pass on his skills and knowledge of the trade, I have many great memories of my time at Kevco. Ken's accomplishments speak for themselves, a great man indeed. He will be missed. Prayers, Kevin

June 29th, 2018 11:43am

My sympathy to the family. May he be in God's hands now rejoicing!

Rod and Marietta Barnett
June 29th, 2018 3:57am
Chandler AZ

You have our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Russell and Bonnie DeCamp
June 28th, 2018 11:54pm

Sincere sympathy to the family at this difficult time.

Scott & Vickie Ogg
June 28th, 2018 11:37pm
2109 Pueblo Dr. Kendallville I

We are very sorry for your loss. Kenny was a good man and he will be greatly missed.

Kathy Kraner Maxson
June 28th, 2018 8:59pm
Pace Florida

I am so sorry to hear of Kenny Jo’s passing. Please know John and I are thinking about you all. God Bless, Kathy

Jim Kemerly
June 28th, 2018 8:42pm

Mick... So sorry to learn of Ken's passing. My sympathy to you and Bruce.

Alanna Coffelt
June 28th, 2018 8:28pm
Wolf Lake IN

Dear Jane, I am so sorry to hear that you lost your husband. I hope you are doing okay with support from your family and friends.