Funeral Mass for Russell Paul Fremin Jr., 76, of Lawton, will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church with Rev. Vuong (Vic) Luong officiating.
Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens under the direction of Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home.
A special visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the funeral home.
Russell was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 9, 1942 to Ethel and Russell Paul Fremin Sr. Russell grew up in Lawton where he attended school, graduating from Lawton High School. He played in the 1961 Jr. Rose bowl; the Cameron Aggies football team won that game. He was an educator and taught at both Lawton High School and Cameron University for many years. He was very involved in both the Lawton and MacArthur’s High School’s football program and served as an assistant coach. Besides being a teacher, he was the owner of Martin's Restaurant and Steakhouse. He was a man with many and varying interests: He loved the mountains and hiking. He enjoyed being outdoors; he especially enjoyed spending time in Colorado and Alaska. He was a founding member of Lawton’s Chocolate Festival. He is a strong supporter of both the Lawton Community Theater and Philharmonic. Russell married his first wife, Elaine Chlapowski in 1966. He later married Opal Sims in 1979.
He is survived by his wife, Opal of the home; his sons and daughters in law: David and Mary Fremin, Charles and Robin Fremin, Joseph and Stephanie Fremin, and Patrick and Angela Fremin; stepson and daughter in law: Brent and Shanna Helm; daughters and sons in law: Lynette Hall, Michelle and Andy Benke, Theresa and Tom Huber; stepdaughters and sons in law: Teresa and Vincent Wilton and Kris and Jeff Colston; brothers and sisters in law: Thomas and Ilka Fremin and John and Waynna Fremin; sisters and brothers in law: "Pete" Frey, Peggie and Woody Scott, Marianna and Mike McGerw, and Denise and Brian Smith. He also leaves behind 35 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Jeff Fremin, his stepson Tim Helm and his Brother in law, Jack Frey
Memorial donations may be made to the Lawton High School Football team, ATTN: Sandy at 601 NW Fort Sill Blvd., Lawton, OK 73507.