Allerd Freimark, 72, of rural Fountain, died Sunday, November 5, at St. Marys Hospital, of pulmonary fibrosis believed to be caused by farmer’s lung. He was diagnosed with farmer’s lung, an allergy to molds in certain crops, about 40 years ago.
The funeral will be 1 p.m. Thursday, November 8, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, with Rev. Mark VanHouse officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, November 9 at Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley and one hour before the service.
Mr. Freimark was born November 18, 1945, in Rochester, to Erhard and Frances Freimark. He grew up on the family farm in rural Wykoff, attending Wykoff Public Schools.
He worked with his father and brother Avery for many years on the family farm. Together they milked 60 Brown Swiss cows, raised sheep, hogs and crops on the family farm in rural Wykoff. Later he moved to a farm he owned with Avery, about a mile from the home farm, in rural Fountain.
Allerd was involved in several civic organizations, including the Wykoff Historical Society, which operates Ed’s Museum. He was very proud of his Red Cross blood donation record, reaching several gallons. He enjoyed restoring farm implements, including John Deere tractors owned by his grandparents, Renata and Ernest Freimark and Herman and Mary Barchent, and driving them in area parades and to area nursing homes, much to the delight of residents. Allerd was a strong supporter of the ethanol industry and was always ready for a debate, especially if it involved politics. A friend once referred to him as “erudite.”
Mr. Freimark is survived by his brother Avery, of rural Wykoff; sister Aleta (Ralph) Capelle of Spring Valley, sister Amber Freimark of Wykoff, niece Autumn (Brad) Hoag and their daughters Kennedy and Cadence, of Plymouth, Minn.; niece Amanda (Nils) Wahlander and their daughter Isla, of New Hope, Minn., as well as cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, aunts and uncles and several beloved pets, including Hillary and Chelsea.