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Two U-M teammates from the 40's pass away
Walter B. Freihofer

June 6, 2012


The University of Michigan football team lost two of its letter winners in late May when two teammates from the early 1940's died just days apart. George Frank Ceithaml passed away on Thursday, May 24, and Walter B. Freihofer passed away on Saturday, May 26.

George Ceithaml passed away peacefully at his home in Dana Point, CA. at the age of 91. Born in Chicago, he was quarterback and captain of the 1942 University of Michigan football team and was a starter for the 1943 East-West Shrine Game as well as the College All-Star team that defeated the NFL Champion Rams. After being selected captain of the 1942 All-American Blocking Team and receiving All-American Honorable Mention honors, Ceithaml was drafted to play in the NFL, however, he entered the United States Navy upon graduation, participating in the 1944 landings at Anzio Beach and D-Day at Normandy.

Attorney and former Grand Rapids Bar Association president Walter B. Freihofer passed away two days later on May 26th. He was 92. He was a teammate and friend of Grand Rapids' legend and All-American Julius Franks. Freihofer played guard for U-M football in the early 40's earning a letter in 1942.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, June 9 at St. Mark's Episcopal in Grand Rapids.

Walter B. Freihofer


George Ceithaml


George Ceithaml and Fritz Crisler



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