Edwin W. Free Jr. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Edwin W. "Ed" Free Jr., 96, of Indianapolis, Indiana, (formerly of Barre, Vermont, Decherd, Tennessee, and Brooklyn, New York) passed away, peacefully, Jan. 30, 2019, at St. Augustine Home for the Aged. Ed was born in Brooklyn on July 22, 1922, to the late Edwin W. Free Sr. and Antoinette (Louis) Free. Ed was a proud veteran of World War II where he served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater. After the war, he attended Adelphi College in Garden City, New York, and then entered law school. While in law school, he was called back to active service in the Navy for the Korean War. Upon his discharge, he completed his law school education, earning his Juris Doctorate from the St. John’s University School of Law in Queens, New York, in 1954 and went to work for the Cullen & Dykman Law firm in Brooklyn. On Nov. 14, 1953, he married Katherine "Kay" Cooper Smith of Brooklyn, his wife of 63 years. Together, they had six children. In 1960, Kay and Ed moved to Barre, where they raised their children and Ed practiced law for 36 years. Kay and Ed retired to Decherd and finally, to Indianapolis to be closer to family and stay active with their grandchildren. While in Barre, Ed was a member of the American Legion, the Elks Club and the Lions Club. He also served as president of the Spaulding High School Booster Club and was the stadium announcer for the Spaulding High School football games for a number of years. Ed enjoyed playing golf, fishing and snow skiing. After Ed retired, he started weight lifting and won several world championships and set several world records in the dead lift and bench press for his age and weight class. But most of all, Ed loved his family and spending as much time with them as possible. Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Kay; his infant son, Robert; and his parents. He is survived by his children Edwin (Cindy) Free III, Donald (Janet) Free, Kenneth (Kathy) Free, Katherine (Tom) Guevara and James (Robin) Free; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; his sisters Ruth Mikolin and Toni Hill; and many nieces and nephews. A gathering of friends and family will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at St. Augustine Home, 2345 West 86th St., Indianapolis, at 9:30 a.m., followed by “Words of Remembrance” and a funeral Mass at 10:45 a.m. in the chapel at St. Augustine Home. Burial services will take place in Hope Cemetery in Barre, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Augustine Home of the Aged. You are invited to make contributions or share a memory at www.Leppertmortuary.com.

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