In Loving Memory of Marshall “Mike” Freels: 1946 -2022


Marshall “Mike” Ray Freels, 75, was born Sept. 9, 1946, to John and Rena Freels in Enterprise, Oregon. 

Mike married Marion Martin Hou on June 10, 1984, at Unity Church in Olympia. He died at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington on June 8, 2022. 

Mike joined the U.S. Navy after graduating from Enterprise High School in 1964. He was released from active duty in 1967. He worked for Washington state in various computer technology positions for 38 years, ending at Social and Health Services in 2006. 

Mike enjoyed motorcycling with the Gold Wing Touring Association (GWTA) Chapter Q and served as club president for many years. He rode the GWTA escort for the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic. He participated in the Olympia Toy Run Coalition for many years. 

Mike danced with the Prairie Steppers Square Dance Club and served as club president, vice president and treasurer. 

He was a member of the Oakview Grange in Centralia, spending many hours doing maintenance there. He was an active member of the Capitol City and Tumwater Lions Clubs and supported the Lions-sponsored Camp Leo for Diabetic Children. 

Mike is survived by his wife Marion Freels, brother Harold Freels, son Jeff Freels, daughter Holly Stender, grandchildren Nicolas and Alyssa, stepson Jeremy Bell Hou, his wife Amy and grandchildren Ruby and Coral. 

A celebration of Mike’s life was held on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, at the Oakview Grange, 2715 N. Pearl St. in Centralia, Washington.