From a contemporary press report
Ralph Francis Freese, 69, a retired Navy Commander whose assignments included staff positions with the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington and the Joint Services Alaskan Command in Anchorage, died of complications from prostate cancer August 22, 1999 at Northern Virginia Community Hospital. He lived in Vienna, Virginia.
Commander Freese, who was born in Hugoton, Kansas, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1953 and served in the Navy for 20 years before retiring in 1973. He had served aboard a destroyer and attack personnel transport ships. A graduate of the Navy Supply Corps School, he retired from the Navy Supply Corps.
He settled in Washington upon his military retirement, and for the next 18 years, he owned and operated retail greeting card and party stores in Baileys Crossroads, Seven Corners and Washington. From 1991 to 1994, he was a sales associate with the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation.
He was past president of the Seven Corners and Georgetown Park merchant associations and a member of Truro Episcopal Church in Fairfax, the Masonic Lodge, the Naval Order of the United States and the National Capitol Commandery.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Trianne Lampkin Freese of Vienna; three children, Ralph F. Freese Jr. of Burke, Timothy L. Freese of Leesburg and Elizabeth Anne Freese Smith of Vienna; and four grandchildren.
FREESE, RALPH FRANCIS (Age 69)
On Sunday, August 22, 1999, of Vienna, VA, at Northern Virginia Community Hospital. Beloved husband of Trianne; father of Ralph Francis, Jr. of Burke, VA, Timothy Lewis of Leesburg, VA and Elizabeth Ann Smith of Vienna, VA; brother-in-law of Gerrie Phibbs of Chesapeake, VA. He is also survived by four grandchildren. Friends may call at the Truro Episcopal Church, 10520 Main St., Fairfax, VA, on Wednesday, September 1, from 7 to 9 p.m., where funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 2 at 12:30 p.m. Interment 3 p.m. Thursday, Arlington National Cemetery. Reception immediately following interment will be held at Truro Episcopal Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Navy Memorial Foundation, 703 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004; and/or to Compassion International, Colorado Springs, CO 80997-0009, earmarked to ”Unsponsored Children.”
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