William “Willie” Everett Free, 92, of La Grande, passed away on Friday, July 19, 2019 at a local care facility. A Memorial Service will be held at the La Grande Church of the Nazarene on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 4:00pm.
William was born on July 19, 1927 in Knowles, Oklahoma, to Charles and Birdella (Brubaker) Free. He resided in Oklahoma, Colorado, Arkansas, Vale, OR; Union, OR; Ontario, OR; North Powder, OR and La Grande, OR. He attended schools in Vale and Ontario, OR.
William worked on the family farm in North Powder area and worked part-time for Floyd Dudek and Don Dodson. Church membership, attendance and involvement were the top priority during his adult life. He had an intense love for God and his holy word. When others were in need, especially financially, he was one of the first to help. He was very active in the Union Nazarene Church as a board member, delegate, and usher. He received the Distinguished Service Award NWMS, from the Union Church of the Nazarene as well as a Certificate of Appreciation for his service in the church. He was also a Delegate to the District Assembly for the La Grande Nazarene Church.
William is survived by his brother, Delmer Ed Free of North Powder, OR; 16 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Birdella; brothers, Elson Free and Charles Free; sister, Donna Dee Mann; 1 brother-in-law and 3 sisters-in-law; 2 nieces and 1 nephew.