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Arthur “Art” Freeman

Arthur “Art” Freeman, Jr., age 93, of Carrington, ND, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Golden Acres Manor, Carrington, surrounded by his loving family.

Arthur John Freeman, Jr., was born August 2, 1930, in Kensal, ND to Arthur and Elsie (Partlow) Freeman. Art grew up in the Kensal area attending the Bucephalia #2 School until the 8th grade. At that time, he went to work as a farmhand for his uncle Ted Kollman, as well as a few other local farmers.

Art was united in marriage to Lois Summers on November 15, 1951, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Kensal. Art and Lois made their home south of Bordulac where they farmed for three years before moving to Carrington in 1954. After moving to Carrington, Art worked road construction for two years before beginning to work for the Sisters of Presentation at Carrington Hospital on July 1, 1956. A few years later, Art and Lois began to raise their six sons. As a part-time job, Art worked at Hi-Standard for many years for Tuff Partlow and Walt Gregor. Art was a long-time member of the Carrington Volunteer Fire Department, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and a charter member of the Carrington Ambulance. After thirty-nine years, Art retired from the hospital on July 1, 1995. Art couldn’t be found just sitting around in his retirement, so he drove the school bus for the Carrington School District from 1995-2008. He was always upbeat, didn’t complain, loved a good conversation, and didn’t hesitate to tell you what was on his mind.

Lois Freeman passed away on July 23, 2004. Art later married Virginia Carr on December 11, 2007, and together they enjoyed driving the countryside, playing cards, watching the races at the Jamestown Speedway, and attending their grandchildren’s sporting events. Art enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with his family throughout his life. These family activities were about creating memories of the outing not about the success of the event.

Art is survived by his children: John (Michelle), Carrington, ND; Joseph (Sharon), Stanley, ND; Michael (Patricia Whipple), Jamestown, ND; Brian “Butch” (Gina), Britton, SD; James, Carrington, ND; and Dennis (Karmen), Carrington, ND; twelve grandchildren: Mandi (Aaron), Beth (Neil), Lyndsey (Ryan), David (Callie), Drew (Melissa), Megan (Lucas), Patrick, Carly (Kass), Willow (Aidan), Anna, Kirby, and Rowdy; nine great-grandchildren with one on the way; his sister Lois (Jim) Mahutga, Carrington ND; a sister-in-law, Verna Freeman, Bismarck, ND; brothers-in-law Ray Haugen, California, and Terry Luggar, Minnesota, and Richard Kuebler, Fargo, ND; step-children: Rett Bata, Jean Womble, Robert Carr, Clinton Carr, Linda Duursma, Doug Carr, Keith Carr, and their families; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Lois, and his second wife, Virginia; an infant brother; an infant daughter, Mary; sisters: Shirley Haugen, Marie (Charles Mehring), and Cathy Luggar; and a brother, Fred Freeman.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the Carrington Wrestling Club, the Carrington Fire Department, or the James River Humane Society.


Art’s Visitation will be Thursday, from 1:00PM-7:00PM with a Rosary Service at 6:45PM followed by a Vigil Service at 7:00PM all at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, March 8, 2024, at 10:30AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Carrington, ND.

A Burial will be at the Carrington Cemetery.

Posted Condolences:


  1. My Heart Is So Broken Right Now Im Sorry I Left U Mr Art U Asked Me Not To Leave U N Come Back To Louisiana Imma Miss U So Much All Our Long Talks N Laughs We Shared U Broke My Heart With This One Art😭😭Praying For The Family😭🙏🏾💔🕊️

  2. Art was a strong honest man with character. He will be missed.

  3. One of the best! Enjoyed our time together at Carrington Hospital and the kindness the entire family has shown me. Prayers for The Family.

  4. I so much enjoyed talking and laughing with Art. We always kept in touch no matter wherever I traveled, and when I came back to Carrington. You’ll be greatly missed. Sending prayers to your family.

  5. Art was truly a great and wonderful person and will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of remembrance and celebration of Art.

  6. A good family friend.We have many fond memories of Jr. he was always joking and looking for a good laugh. Condolences to his family🙏🏻✝️

  7. Thinking about Art and his Family! He was very loved by his Children and Family! May you all have comfort and peace knowing he loved you! ❤️

  8. What a wonderful man. So enjoyed the years we worked together at the hospital. Looked forward to break room visits with him. May his reward be great in Heaven.

  9. It won’t be the same, not seeing Art driving around town on his little scooter with his special smile and wave, or hearing all his great stories. So many good memories, of camping, Fireman’s visiting and men’s coffee time, almost every day. We will miss you Dear Friend. Rest in Peace. Our thoughts and Prayers goes out to all of the Family.

  10. Junior because that’s what I knew him as most of my childhood until later on in life I found out his name was Art. Art or Junior whichever you prefer was always calm and always very much into giving back and serving. Art was a very kind hearted man and loved family to the core. Art was always very welcoming and loved to visit and catch up but when it was time to go then you went no waiting around. Art will be surely missed.

  11. Thoughts and prayers for the family.


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