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Obituary for Freeborn A. Kellogg

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 Donations in Free’s name can be made to Region IV Area Agency on Aging.