Local Fundraising Giant Larry Freund Dies

Larry Freund, who spent over 45 years helping non-profit organizations throughout the Ozarks raise funds to help those in need, died Saturday night.

Freund was 84.

Freund was born in Warsaw, Missouri, on February 17, 1936. He earned his degree from Drury University before working for Hallmark Cards and Polaroid.

Then in 1975, he began a company that focused on helping non-profit organizations raise funds to help those in need throughout the community. Over the years he helped groups like the Vitae Caring Foundation, Arc of the Ozarks, and the Foundation of Council of Churches of the Ozarks. He was also a part of the Southside Rotary Club.

“He was an unbelievably nice man that would help any person or organization who needed it,” local businessman and broadcaster Eldon Combs told OI.

In recent years, Freund has been hosting “The W Factor” on KWTO 560 AM/93.3 FM with David Eslick, which promoted local charities and organizations, and the people who were making a difference in the lives of others in the Ozarks.

“I lost one of my best long time friends with Larry Freund,” Eslick told OI.  “Not only were we radio show hosts, but I did the photography for just about every event he had. We did that radio show every Thursday for two years.  His passing will leave a void in my life.”

(Headline photo courtesy David Eslick. Larry Freund is on the left, Eslick on the right, taken in the KWTO studios.)

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