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Tyler Freed

April 13, 1982-Dec. 23, 2010

Tyler Jay Freed, 28, of Hawley, passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2010, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn., with his parents at his side.

Tyler was born to Randy and Debbie Freed on April 13, 1982 in Fargo. He attended special ed classes at Hawley Elementary School and Barnesville High School. At the time of his death, he was attending Heartland Industries Adult Life Day Program in Moorhead.

Tyler loved listening to music, cuddling on the couch, going for pontoon rides and walks. He loved his dog, Brea, and especially loved his Grandma and Grandpa.

Tyler was an absolute gift from God and changed our lives in a way that was unimaginable. Our life with him was different than the life we had anticipated, but was a profoundly wonderful and beautiful one just the same. We are thankful to the Lord that He chose us to have this precious son to care for and to love.

So it is with saddened but grateful hearts and the fondest memories that we know he goes ahead of us to a better place. We miss him and his kisses terribly already and will forever be the richer for having had his bright spirit grace our lives.

Tyler was preceded in death by his twin brother, Travis; and grandparents Leonard and Gladys Freed.

Surviving Tyler are his parents, Randy and Debbie; sisters, Tara (fiancée Aaron Anderson) of Mountain Top, Pa., and Tracy (special friend Casey Fevig) of Fargo; grandparents, Kermit and Ardell Rodke of Hawley; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hegland Lutheran Church or CCRI.

A memorial gathering will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at Wright Funeral Home in Hawley.

The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28 in Hegland Lutheran Church, rural Hawley, with interment in the church cemetery.

An online guestbook and video tribute are at