Honoring Richard ``Dick’’ Freelandby Representative Todd Rokita
Posted on 2013-12-16
in the house of representatives
Monday, December 16, 2013
Mr. ROKITA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and salute a
distinguished Hoosier, Richard ``Dick'' Freeland, who passed away on
October 20, 2013. I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude and
appreciation for his leadership and service to the people of Indiana.
Mr. Freeland was a Nevada native and Iowa transplant who later moved his family to Indiana to pursue the American Dream. He started his career as an ironworker in Iowa who worked on Atlas rocket sites throughout the Midwest. In 1967, Mr. Freeland started a part-time job working for Pizza Hut for $1.25 an hour. He eventually worked his way up to store manager, area manager, and part-owner in an Iowa Pizza Hut franchise.
Mr. Freeland moved his wife and young family to Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1972 and opened their first Pizza Hut franchise. Over the next 40- plus years, the business grew to include 48 Pizza Hut locations in Indiana and Ohio as well as four Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants. His knowledge and business acumen was so well respected by the corporate office that he was asked to travel to Poland to advise the Pizza Hut team on improving their operations. Soon after, he became a partner in those Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants in Poland and the Czech Republic.
Mr. Freeland sought to hire high-quality employees, train them well and empower them to make decisions for the benefit of themselves, the customer and the business. In his free time, he was involved in local, state and national politics and enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, and breeding Arabian horses at Freeland Farms. Mr. Freeland was a member of numerous corporate and charitable organization boards and served as the regional finance chairman of Bush/Quayle campaign in 1992.
Mr. Freeland left his loving wife, Deanna, two children, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Mr. Freeland's legacy demonstrates the promise of hard work and the extraordinary opportunities afforded to the individual by liberty and American free enterprise. Dick's story should serve as an example to millions of young Americans. Through hard work and perseverance, the American Dream can be realized. There are very few places in the world today where a part time hourly worker, through his own toil and dedication, can not only be promoted to management, but build an empire. And then use his success for the betterment of our nation and his fellow man. Mr. Freeland's life and story are a testament to the unlimited potential of every individual, our great nation, and America's bright future. America is quite exceptional indeed.
Rest in peace my friend, and thank you for your example and leadership.