Horst G. Freyer

November 10, 1926 - March 27, 2011
Horst G. Freyer


Horst G. Freyer

Horst G. Freyer of Leland, NC, died Sunday, March 27, 2011, in his home.

He was born in Berlin, Germany, on November 10, 1926, the son of the late Karl and Ida (Wesebaum) Benecke and was preceded in death by his wife Elsbeth Auguste Freyer.

Horst had served in the German Army on the Russian Front during WWII, where he was wounded in service and spent the rest of his military time in an American POW camp. After the war, he returned to his home in East Germany. He later escaped to the West Germany where he was employed with Demag Germany Corporation for over 20 years. He moved to the United States where he worked until 1972 for Demag USA. Horst started his own business where he started his own turbine consulting business in 1974, retiring in 1991. Horst enjoyed life and loved going to the Wilmington Hammerhead soccer games, playing chess, and was a member of the WWII Club in Wilmington, NC.

Surviving are: a life partner, Maryellen A Wheeler of Leland, NC, a son, Rainer Freyer and wife Caroline of Wilmington, NC, three children of his life partner, Martin Fabian and wife Christine of Ewing, NJ and Kevin Fabian of Los Angeles, CA, Deirdre Fabian of San Diego, CA, a granddaughter, Sarah Fabian also of Lawrenceville, NJ, and “The Girls” Roxie and Coco.

A memorial service will be held 3 pm Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Village Road Funeral and Cremation Service, 525 Village Road, Leland, NC, and the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

A service of Village Road Funeral and Cremation Service, Leland, NC.


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  • March 29, 2011
    Therese Schmidt says:
    I meed Horst thru the Internet,sad to say for a short time, we had a loot in commen thru our Writing , he was a wonderful Person, my deepest Condolences goes to his Wife Maryellen & Family,

  • March 29, 2011
    Irene and Gil says:
    Dear MaryEllen, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. I am glad that we got to meet Horst in June at the family reunion. We will keep you in our prayers. Love, Irene and Gil

  • March 30, 2011
    Eberhard Lindow says:
    Liebe Maryellen, wir wussten von seiner schlimmen Krankheit auch hier in Deutschland. Trotzdem sind wir heute sehr traurig über das Ableben von Horst. Auch für uns war er ein besonderer Mensch und wir werden ihn in unseren Gedanken weiter in Erinnerung behalten. Liebe Beileidsgrüße aus Joachimsthal von seiner Schulfreundin Margarete und Sohn Eberhard Lindow

  • March 30, 2011
    Jim & Jean Miracle says:
    Horst,You will always be fondly remembered by both jean and I. It seems only yesterday that we were sweating out getting one or the other of the air seperation plants for AGA/Burdox running. Mary Ellen,if there is anything at all that we can do for you, please call us. Love always, Jim & Jean

  • March 31, 2011
    Carol O'Keefe says:
    He was a good man, who led a full life. He had lots of stories to tell.. He was kind and will be missed by all who knew him. My heart goes out to Maryellen who will miss him the most.