LAKE GEORGE — Dean William Freeman died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, after years of declining health. His parents said, “It is with great heartbreak and yet with Christian joy that our dearly beloved son in whom we are well pleased has graduated with high honors in striving for the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus ... Philippians 3:14.” Surely, he is now dancing before the Lord in heaven and discussing scripture with his favorite teachers and prophets.
Dean was born Sept. 24, 1953, in Glens Falls, N.Y.
He attended public schools as he and his family moved around the country, graduating in 1972 from Winter Park High School in Florida. As a teenager, he was a summer missionary for Child Evangelism Fellowship, teaching bible lessons for children’s groups. Also, he spent a summer at Word of Life, Schroon Lake, where he worked in the kitchen while participating in the summer camping program.
Dean attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, earning a diploma in 1975, with a major in Jewish and Modern Israel Studies followed by a bachelor of arts degree in 1983. He also studied archeology and foreign languages at San Diego Mesa College, earning an associate of arts degree in 1983. After leaving Moody in 1975, Dean joined Chosen
People ministries, serving as director of the local work in the Baltimore area before moving on to San Diego and then to North Carolina, where he taught history at a Christian school in the Raleigh area. He was a resident of the village of Lake George and Queensbury since moving to the area in 1996.
Dean was a cheerful, good humored fellow who made friends easily. He loved history, particularly biblical history and Egyptology. He was a devoted Christian with a strong faith in the promises of God, never wavering in that faith when the trials of life beset him. He was a member of Mountainside Bible Chapel at Schroon Lake, N.Y.
He was predeceased by his sister, Noel Bernadette Fisk.
Dean is survived by his parents, William and Helene Freeman of Lake George; his twin daughters, Heather Freeman of Apex, N.C., and Heidi Burroughs of Columbia, S.C.; and his brother, Thomas P. Fisk of Springfield, Va.
A graveside service at Evergreen Cemetery, Lake George will be held in the spring on a date to be announced later.
Memorial donations to Word of Life Fellowship, P.O. Box 600, Schroon Lake, NY 12870, would be appropriate.
Condolences may be mailed to Maynard D. Baker Funeral Home, 11 Lafayette St., Queensbury, NY 12804, or emailed through www.bakerfuneralhome.com.