Dick Freeland, Face of Fort Wayne Pizza, Has Passed Away

Dick Freeland, Face of Fort Wayne Pizza, Has Passed Away

Dick Freeland, the face of Fort Wayne pizza, has passed away at the age of 76. Freeland not only owned dozens of local Pizza Huts, he was also involved in politics and a generous philanthropist.
Dick Freeland, the face of Fort Wayne pizza, has passed away at the age of 76.  Freeland not only owned dozens of local Pizza Huts, he was also involved in politics and a generous philanthropist.

"Dick was a dreamer's dreamer", says Rick Hawks who was Dick Freeland's longtime pastor and friend.

"He had a vision beyond most of our wildest dreams and had the ability to translate his dreams into reality."

Freeland owned and operated the leading Pizza Hut franchise in the country.  He opened his first local Pizza Hut store in 1972.  That one store grew into nearly 50 locations in both Indiana and Ohio.  He also owned 4 KFC's.  Hawks says Freeland's life story goes beyond pizza.

"It's the story about people.  Dick dreamed of creating jobs for people, creating opportunity where jobs could grow and grow."

In February, Governor Mike Pence awarded Freeland the Sagamore of Wabash Award, for "his entrepreneurial spirit and philanthropic endeavors", Pence said in a written statement.

"His contributions to the City of Fort Wayne and to the State of Indiana will be remembered always, and Karen and I send our deepest condolences and prayers for comfort to his beloved wife Deanna, his family, and all those who mourn the passing of this good and great man."

Calling hours for Freeland will be on Monday October 28th at the chapel located at 2505 Hamilton Road from 2-8pm.  Then on Tuesday the 29th, Freeland's memorial will begin at 11:30am.
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