Freddie Earl Canode

Death:Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Ogle Co, Illinois

Freddie Earl Canode, 83 died Monday, May 1, 2012 at Neighbors Nursing Home, Byron, Illinois after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. Born October 11, 1928 in Oregon to Earl T. Canode and Frances I. (Carson) Canode. Married Charmaine P. Powers, who died December 11, 2001, after celebrating 50 years of loving marriage. Freddie attended Stillman Valley High School and Miami Christian College. Survived by daughters, Heidi (Heber) Armer and Frances Joy Canode, all of Phoenix, Arizona. Also, grandchildren, Tina (Clinton) Champlain, Arthur F. Davis, Robert M. Davis, Celena Charmaine Canode, Freddie N. Armer, Darla H. Armer and Brianna E. Armer. Great-grandchildren, Mara, McKenzie, Fox and Alexis. Also, survived by sister-in-law, Shirley Gorby and brother-in-laws, Sid Gorby and Ronald Miller. Also remembered by numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents, wife and sisters, Doris Carter and Millie Miller. Freddie retired from the U.S. Army, serving in the Vietnam War and achieving the rank of Warrant Officer. He went on to do missionary work with Charmaine in Trinidad, Zimbabwe, Dominican Republic, Baja Mexico and South Korea, helping rebuild orphanages, churches and medical clinics. Upon returning to the states, he and Charmaine volunteered for the American Red Cross serving on national disasters assignments at over 80 disasters in 14 years. They were awarded the Eloise Muhl, Volunteers of the Year Award for outstanding volunteer service to the Red Cross. Freddie also served as Ogle County Road Commissioner, Elder and Deacon Emeritus for Congregational Christian Church. Freddie loved to do woodworking projects, word search puzzles and chauffeuring his wife and her sisters everywhere. He had a tremendous gift for making kids laugh and will forever be known as "Uncle Freddie" to all who love and miss him. If angels serve on earth for a time, then Freddie and Charmaine were a perfect matched pair. They cared deeply about each other, their families and helping those in need. They understood that you must "live your religion by doing" with all you can, with what you have, in the time you have on earth and where it is needed most. Their legacy will live on forever by the role models they exemplified. Success and happiness in lifetime was not measured by their material wealth, but what they did for each other and those in crisis. Life never was too busy, that they did not take the time to volunteer and help others. They lived by the credo: "I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, then do it now. Do not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." - Mahatma Gandhi. Funeral services, with full military honors, were held Saturday, May 5 in the Congregational Christian Church, Stillman Valley with Pastor Chris Brauns officiating. Interment was in Woodside Cemetery, Lee Center with arrangements by Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home. A special thank you to caregivers at Neighbors Nursing Home, granddaughter, Tina Champlain and niece, Vicki Farbo. Though the last part of the journey to be with Charmaine was difficult, all of their compassion and kindness made it less challenging and less painful. Please send memorials and condolences to the family in lieu of flowers.

Source: Mortuary Obit

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