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Freeborn  Kellogg

Freeborn A. Kellogg

Wednesday, December 20th, 1933 - Friday, August 21st, 2020
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Obituary

Freeborn (Free) Kellogg died August 21, 2020 surrounded by the love of his family. He was born December 20, 1933 in South Bend, 5th of 6 children to Winnifred (Mickey) & Norman Kellogg.

He held many jobs to support his young family, including Chief of Police in Cassopolis. Free was a spiritual man, formed easy connections with youth, and volunteered to lead teen church & music groups. He was mentor to many.

Free loved a wide variety of music, singing with guitar or banjo to his children when little. He met his wife Lynn while volunteering to help manage a coffee house for weekly acoustic music in Kalamazoo. They married in 1979.

In his fifties, Free earned his bachelor and master’s degrees and followed a calling to teach; inspiring many to follow their dreams no matter their age. He taught high school English in Coloma until retirement in 2000 and went on to teach part time at Lake Michigan College until age 80.

Free traveled extensively, loved nature, sailing, had a passion for cooking, and writing poetry & prose. He was quick with a smile or laugh and cherished friends & family deeply.

Surviving to treasure his memory are: wife, Lynn Biasell Kellogg; children, Kevin Laine (Barbara) Kellogg, Katie Charlene (Kevin) O’Meara, Winnifred Mary Maguire, Elizabeth (Beth) Anne Kellogg, Amanda Lee (John) Benjamin, Matthew Peter (John) Kellogg; 21 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren; sister, Judy (Dick) Richter; brother, Tom Kellogg; 2 foreign exchange daughters, many nieces, nephews & friends.

Private burial: North Shore Memory Gardens. Arrangements: Starks & Menchinger where condolences can be left at www.starks-menchinger.com. Donations in Free’s name can be made to Region IV Area Agency on Aging.

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Sally Stevenson & Randy Darczy

Posted at 12:51pm
May you find comfort in the love of friends and family during this difficult time of loss.
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Laurie Haan

Posted at 11:57am
Free, I will miss you dearest friend, but, I am one of the fortunate ones. I called you friend. I shared life with you and have many beautiful memories to forever cherish. You taught me about unconditional love, a listening ear, supportive friendship, and encouragement. My heart keeps a special place for you always!
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Craig Fritz

Posted at 07:31am
For me, Uncle Skip was a model for how to age with an open mind and an open heart. You always felt that he cared because he truly did.
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Sharon Sosnoski

Posted at 11:11pm
It’s always been a special time for me when our paths would cross. This summer was no exception. I will always cherish fond memories of our visits. Free was always calming and thought provoking. I’ll keep your family in my prayers.
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Maureen Ovington

Posted at 08:54pm
Lynn and family.... Mr. Kellogg was so impactful in my life as a teacher. I ran into him one day a year or so ago out to eat at lunch and I remember how happy it made me to see him and get a hug. My senior year was successful because of his influence in my life. My heartfelt condolences to each of you for the loss of truly a remarkable man!
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