Ernest Kevin Freese, 68, of Arkansas City passed away Monday, May 2, 2022 in Topeka, KS.
Ernie, AKA “Turn-N-Burn” was born in Bartlesville, OK the son of Henry Freese and Juanita (Bailey) Rowan. He attended high school in Ponca City and attended the Ponca Military Academy for a year. He was united in marriage to Christine Bay, they had two children Kyrsta and Jeremy, the couple later divorced, and she preceded him in death in 2005. Ernie enjoyed working in many different fields, he mainly worked as a handyman and in maintenance at apartment complexes, he also worked for Rubbermaid, Creekstone, the local Drag Strip and was a talented welder and just generally enjoyed fixing things. When Ernie wasn’t working you could find him riding his Harley-Davidson, attending blues festivals, enjoying a toddy and sitting out back at his house, which he referred to as “Pig Daddy’s”. Ernie had a magnetic personality and his friends loved being around him, He enjoyed quality time with his family and especially his dog, Mr. Cooper.
Survivors include his children Kyrsta Higgins of Arkansas City, and Jeremy of McKinny, TX; grandchildren: Kobee Bellue, Devan Bellue, Bryson Bellue, Braxton, and Boston; brother Dan McClaskey and nephew Michael McClaskey. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 10th, 2022 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Arkansas City, interment will follow at Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 P.M. Monday, May 9th at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shelley Family Funeral Home to defray funeral expenses.