Since then, his family and friends have created and maintained a special memorial for him. They put lots of effort into a custom cross and a sign filled with signatures and messages from loved ones.
Freethy was a member of the 7th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Dyess and a member of the One Wheel Up riding club. The riding club is made up of about half military personnel and half civilians. Freethy was loved dearly by the members of the club.
Just last week as One Wheel Up gathered to do a mass memorial ride in honor of Freethy's life, they found out that Stephen's memorial sign had been stolen.
One Wheel Up members went straight to Facebook to spread the word. One Wheel Up President and Founder, Cory Goulet, explained that the riding community around Abilene is very tight knit. Within three days of the original Facebook post, the sign was anonymously replaced in its original site.
The riding community around the Big Country was thrilled that the sign is back where it should be and says that the only way it is going to move from now on is if it needs a new coat of paint.