IN LOVING MEMORY…
Charles Richard Freed passed away February sixth of this year. He referred to himself as “Itchey Pede, the Little Swede”. As to its meaning? We don’t really know. However after a somewhat less than an ‘exhaustive’ dictionary and language research we found that it may mean, “Tickle feet.” Itchey may refer to rapid movement and Pede comes from the word describing a fuzzy little creature with many legs, a millipede, who knows? But it is as near a definition as could be found, and describes Richard to a “T” because his feet were always busy moving from one person to another to say Hello or to lend a helping hand, and often just to hurry over and listen to what others were talking about. So, I suppose that it may be appropriate for one to refer Brother Richard as “Mr. Tickle Foot.”
Our Church will say farewell to Richard in a tribute to his life on Saturday, the 23rd of this month of April. Services begin at 10 A.M.. The attendance may be relatively small, but all who knew Richard and who loved Richard and were blessed by him, will be there paying their respects to a man whom the world did not know or care to know, but when the angels carried him to heaven I have to believe that there was great rejoicing.
Richard was small of physical stature but he had a heart for serving as big as a house. He loved his church and people in general. He was a faithful member, attending every service, always on time, and always with a bright and somewhat mischievous smile. He served as our greeter, eager to open the door for all who approached. Always ready to hand them a bulletin. And, if given a moment, share his testimony to all who would listen.
He died on a Sunday morning and attended worship that very morning with the great congregation in heaven of justified men made perfect, where he no longer need to believe in Jesus by faith, for on that day Richard, smiling, stood before his Master and gazed in rapture on the face of the One who saved him by Grace, the Lord Jesus Christ.
I would like to think that at that meeting Jesus will have said to him, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Matthew 25:21
Good bye for now my brother…”See you soon.”