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Oct. 16, 1943 — May 2, 2012

Leighton Sam Freeman, 68, of Holley died May 2.

He was born in Portland to Sam and June Freeman. He was primarily raised in Halsey and attended Halsey Grade School and Central Linn High.

Leighton spent most of his working life as a truck driver. He drove for Morse Brothers for over 20 years. He loved driving and working on his dump truck.

He enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, hunting, dancing and his dog, Buster. He was a member of the Elks Lodge 1972 in Sweet Home.

Leighton is survived by his wife, Sharon D. Freeman of Holley; sons Joe Freeman of Alaska, who is in the Air Force, and Jason Freeman and wife Stacy of Albany; brother Mike Freeman of Brownsville; daughter Jana Waltz of Kelso, Wash., and stepsons Richard and Robert, daughter-in-law Tina Tressel and stepdaughter Renee Carr, all of Crawfordsville. He had 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son John Freeman and brother Sam Freeman.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Crawfordsville School.

Crown Memorial Center in Salem is handling arrangements.

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