July 13 – A large number of family, friends, fellow veterans and members of the community gathered at First United Methodist Church in Decatur to say good-bye to David Freyling Friday morning.
Freyling passed away Saturday, July 7th at home, he was 79.
The Reverend Miley Palmer said that Freyling, who served in the Army during the Korean War and in West Germany during the time of the construction of the Berlin Wall with the 82nd Airborne Division, was a committed servant to the community, and to the large amount of veterans in the Decatur and Macon County area. Palmer said that during his time as the head of the Veterans Assistance Commission, you couldn’t attend an event that was remotely related to supporting the vets without having Dave as emcee. He also noted the countless times David had driven fellow veterans to the Danville VA Hospital, covering over 70,000 miles in the process, serving his brothers in arms.
In attendance at Friday’s funeral, were fellow Vets, and 21 members of the Macon County Honor Guard, of which David was also a member.
He was taken to Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield for burial, and was escorted by the Honor Guard and the Illinois Patriot Riders. He received full Military Honors at his burial.
Freyling was an Eagle Scout and served in the US Army 82nd Airborne 1956-1966. He served in Korea 1956-1957, and Germany 1960-1963. In Decatur he served as Chairman of the Veterans Assistance Commission of Macon County for 13 years. He also served as Chairman of the World War II Memorial Committee, as a member of the Macon County Veterans Honor Guard, as President of the Korean War Veterans Association Chairman of the Help for Heroes Fund and served on a variety of boards in Macon County.
He also served the American Red Cross, including time as a disaster volunteer, having responded in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in Florida and an earthquake in Los Angeles.