MEMO BLOG Memo Calendar Memo Pad Business Memos Meals on Wheels Letters Home

Beloved physician, administrator dies

Halsey-Weidler corridor revitalization money grows to $1.6 million

Parkrose Tire King retires, passes scepter to sons

Boxing coach, father passes

Parkrose Heights brain tumor survivor walks for a cure

How do Mid-county restaurants rate?

Oregon Lottery in Mid-county

MEMO Archives
MEMO Advertising

MEMO Country (Map)
MEMO Web Neighbors
MEMO Staff


© 2014 Mid-county MEMO
Terms & Conditions
Beloved physician, administrator dies

Leo J. Freiermuth, M.D. Feb. 14, 1929–July 09, 2014.
Leo J. Freiermuth was born Feb. 14, 1929, in St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Idaho to Leo J. Freiermuth of Zeiningen, Switzerland, and Margaret Anne Atkinson of Boise. He died July 9 at his west Gresham home surrounded by family and friends; he was 85 years old. Freiermuth was raised in Parma, Idaho. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at the University of Idaho as a 16-year-old freshman. Pledging to the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, also known as Phi Delt or the Phis, he was the frat’s official photographer and treasurer. Graduating in 1950 with honors, he was accepted at Washington University’s medical school in St. Louis, Mo. In 1953, Freiermuth married Lavonne V. Brown. They had three sons.

Upon completing his internship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, he was posted to Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. After moving to Portland in 1961, and upon completion of his medical residency at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, he joined Portland’s Suburban Medical Group, serving on the staffs at Providence, Portland Adventist at Woodland Park Hospitals. At Woodland Park, he was chief of staff from 1971 to 1972. In 1973, Freiermuth, a widower, married Kris Scoggin-Bushor, who had one son from a previous marriage.

Leo belonged to numerous medical groups including nine years as regional chair of the Health Care Compliance Association. He also belonged to several hobby groups, including the Horseless Carriage Club of America, where he was president of the Portland Chapter; the Gateway Boosters, where he was treasurer for 12 years; and the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors, where he was hospitality chair for the Pacific Northwest region. He was a member of the Multnomah Athletic Club, and a 50-year member of the American Radio Relay League.

Dr. Leo Freiermuth not only collected antique cars, but also participated in many parades over the decades. At the Gateway Parade in 1982, he chauffeurs the Jr. Rose Festival court in his 1912 Buick.
Memo photo/Tim Curran
Freiermuth was an antique car hobbyist, owning several early brass and 1920s era models. His spare time was filled with antique car tours, and participating in parades; watch and clock conventions; garage sales; antique shows; Steam-Ups; traveling—especially visiting Swiss relatives—attending sporting events, weddings and births. After retiring from his medical practice, he took immense pleasure chauffeuring grandchildren to and from school.

He is survived by his wife, Kris; sons, Lee (Rebecca); Ross (Thea); Kirk (Cynthia) and Jeffrey Bushor; (Keri); grandchildren Stacy, Morgan, and Jared Freiermuth; Melissa Park, Corey Hailey, Maura, Laura, Sabrina, Mitchell and Lea Freiermuth; and Olivia, Sarah and Malia Bushor; and great-grandson, Liam Brown-Bushor.

His family expressed thanks and gratitude to the Providence Hospital staff, Providence Home Health, Providence Hospice and their Visiting Angels Tina and Karen for the care he received. At Leo’s request, no flowers; however, the family suggests a donation in Leo’s name to Providence Hospice, the Holy Family Catholic Church Foundation, the Grotto or any charity of your choice would be a fitting tribute to him. “His beautiful China-blue eyes and warm welcoming smile will always be remembered.” — Kris Freiermuth
Memo Calendar | Memo Pad | Business Memos | Meals on Wheels | Letters | About the MEMO
MEMO Advertising | MEMO Archives | MEMO Web Neighbors | MEMO Staff | Home