Russell ‘Ding’ Wayne Freeborn Sr., age 79, of Lebanon Twp

Russell ‘Ding’ Wayne Freeborn Sr., age 79, of Lebanon Twp., NJ passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.

He was born on April 15, 1937 in Hornell, NY.  He was a resident of Hunterdon County for most of his life, living in Lebanon Twp., NJ for the past 47 years.

He was the son of the late Arleigh Monroe and Edna Fredericka Heinonen Freeborn.

Russell was the husband of Sandra Jean Moore Freeborn, celebrating 56 years of marriage.

He was a General Superintendent for Vollers Excavating in North Branch, NJ until his retirement in 2005.

Prior to working for Vollers Excavating, Russell was a Dairy Farmer at Hill and Dale Farm in Oldwick, NJ and also Scott Farm in Long Valley, NJ.

Memberships include Master Mason Host Lodge #6, Past Grand Tall Cedar #13 in Lebanon, Past Patron Order of the Eastern Star Stewart Chapter #166, Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club and Collector of Antique Tractors Chapter #8.

In his spare time, Russell enjoyed spending time with his family.  He adored his 8 grandchildren and his great-granddaughter.  He also loved restoring antique tractors.

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include 4 children, Russell Freeborn Jr. of Washington, NJ, Janice Fechtman and her husband Dan of Phillipsburg, NJ, Sheryl Crampton and her husband William of Washington, NJ and Steven Freeborn and his wife Gina of Lebanon Twp., NJ.  8 grandchildren, Brian Fechtman, Gregory Freeborn, Melanie Crampton, Kelsey Fechtman, Jonathan Freeborn, Amanda Crampton, Kayla Freeborn and Ryan Freeborn.  1 great-granddaughter, Kiley Fechtman.

Predeceased by 6 siblings.

Calling hours will be Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 1-3pm with Eastern Star Services at 2pm and 5-8pm with Masonic Services at 7pm.  Funeral Service will be Monday, May 23, 2016 at 10am.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Interment at Spruce Run Cemetery in Lebanon Twp., NJ.

Memorials can be made to Lebanon Township Fire and Rescue, 532 West Hill Road, Glen Gardner, NJ 08826 or Clinton Rescue Squad, PO Box 5265, Clinton, NJ 08809.