William “Bill” O’Neill Freyser, 85, of Hilo passed Sep 1 at his residence

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William “Bill” O’Neill Freyser, 85, of Hilo died Sept. 1 at his residence. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he was a retired Chief Warrant Officer III with the U.S. Army, shipmaster, law instructor at the University of Hawaii-Hilo, shipmaster license instructor on Oahu, veteran of the U.S. Army and its Special Forces during the Korean and Vietnam wars and recipient of the Purple Heart, Silver Star & bronze Star medals. Private services held. He is survived by wife, Shigeko Freyser of Hilo; daughter, Kiyomi (Akira) Takashima of Japan; son, Joji (Yasumi) Sueyoshi of Japan; sister, Ann Louise Baker of Blue Island, Illinois; caregiver, Julia Hoke of Hilo; four grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces & nephews.