1930 - 2012
Milton Gage Freiberger, age 81, passed away quietly on Friday, December 9, 2012, after a long illness in Allen, Texas where his son, Michael Benjamin Freiberger lived.
He was born on March 28, 1930, to the late Benjamin William Freiberger and Sarah (Birdie) Elizabeth Freiberger of Fulton, Mo.
Milton was an accomplished musician. He was the pianist for the Fulton High School Jazz Band and studied under Dr. William Meldrum, Musical Director at William Woods University during his high school days. He attended Westminster College two years and transferred to the University of Missouri at Columbia, Mo., where obtained his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering. He later attended the University of Kansas where he earned his Masters in Chemical Engineering. He was a certified engineer with consulting status. Milton's career spanned 30 years. He was a chemical engineer in the petroleum industry for 20 years. He spent most of his professional life state side with the exception of two years abroad with Universal Oil Products, Clarendon, Ill. Other stints in his professional career were with Alma Chemical Co., Alma, Mich., and a waste product company in Broken Arrow, Okla. Milton retired early and became an ardent gardener producing all sorts of vegetables for canning.
He is survived by two children, Michael Benjamin Freiberger and Angela Garcia from San Antonio, Texas; one brother, Dr. Norman W. Freiberger of St. Charles, Mo.; and grandchildren, Amber Forbes, Matthew Garcia, Jacob Zimbelman, David, Benjamin, Andrew and Gabriella.
Milton was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sabina Sawert Freiberger in 2004 and late grandson, infant Luke.
A memorial service was held at the Floral Haven Funeral Home in Broken Arrow, Okla. on December 15, 2011. The eulogy was given by Norman W. Freiberger. The message of condolence was given by Pastor Copenhauer. There were selections of recordings played by Milton of which he made prior to his death. He referred to them as "Milton Oldied." A video was shown during the service which depicted his life as a young student and as a migrant worker in the wheat fields of Oklahoma during his college days. There were scenes of his July 21, 1963, marriage to Sabina Sawert and pictures of their children during childhood and adolescence.
Graveside services will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery in Fulton, Mo. sometime in the Spring of 2012.