John G. Freeman, 69, Ordnance Man for the United States Marines Corp., passed away January 29, 2018 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. John was born November 16, 1948 in Los Angeles, California to John Grover Freeman III and Rita Sabatini Freeman.
Born the third child of six, John, who was fondly known as Jack, had two older sisters Margaret and Victoria, two younger sisters Mary and Taffy and although there are quite a few years between them, Jack finally got a brother, Scott. Both of Jacks parents were in the military so it was not uncommon to move frequently. When Jack was around 7 years old, the Freeman family lived in Hawaii. His father was a pilot and served in both the Navy and Marines. On the morning of December 7, 1941 the attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service. Jack would proudly listen to his father tell stories of defending his country and instilled in him the importance of pride, leadership and commitment. It is of course no surprise that Jack would go on to follow in his parents footsteps.
He enlisted in the United State Marine Corp following his graduation from McClure High School in Florissant, Missouri. Jack was proud to be called a brother Marine and he dedicated the next 18 years of his life serving our country. He was an Ordnance Man working directly with assembly ammunitions.
Jack settled down and met a pretty young woman he would ask to become his wife. And, although the marriage did not end as expected, their union was blessed by the arrival of a daughter Laura and a son Bret. Jack always remained close and developed a true friendship with the mother of his children.
In 1978, love struck hard and fast for Jack when a mutual friend introduced him to Millie Danner. Millie and Jack found they had much in common as Millie was also a single parent of two daughters. They knew from the start that they were meant to be and Jack didn’t waste any time in asking Millie to become his wife, soul mate and best friend. They were married October 28, 1978 on a Marine Base in Tennessee. Jack and Millie would go on to spend the next (nearly) 40 years together raising their children and making many, many memories. There were many nights spent playing cards and Jack prided himself at having taught the kids to play a mean game of Spades or Pinnacle. They loved going bowling, traveling and camping…well, Jack and the kids loved camping, Millie endured it for her family. She was always a good sport though! Hands down, Jack’s favorite time of the year was hunting season. The only thing he loved more than going hunting was when he could go hunting with his friends or grandchildren. He was also quite the avid fisherman and if you didn’t know how to fish, Jack took the time to teach you.
Jack will be remembered for his hard work ethic. He believed that you could do anything you put your mind to and Jack was a great role model. After dedicating 18 yrs to the United States Marine Corp., Jack worked for Century Geo Physical. He enjoyed working there as there were many times he was asked to lead a visiting group out for a fishing or hunting excursion. After about 10 years working with Century, Jack had the opportunity to work with Simulator Systems where he built simulators for driver’s education classes. Occasionally, Century Geo Physical would request his help in some matter so Jack spent many years freelancing for them as well as working for Simulator Systems.
That was the type of man Jack was. Hard working, brave, loyal and fiercely loving when it came to his family. He had a dry sense of humor, sometimes it even bordered on sarcasm, and his smirk and chuckle will be missed. Jack would often say, “CAN’T is not a word!” and he lived by these words.
If Jack had to choose the one thing he was most proud of in his life, he would without hesitation say his family. He loved being a father, grandfather and great grandfather. He enjoyed the times he spent teaching his grandkids how to stand on their own two feet. He cherished the hunting and fishing trips and passing off his knowledge to them. Jack’s own children were thankful for all the driving lessons he taught to the grandkids. He loved spending time with his family and tried to show them each and every day how much they were all loved. His family thought of Jack as the glue of the family. But, glue has a function and without the family he so loved to bond with he would not have had a purpose. Although, his passing has been difficult for his family, Jack would know his family can continue on because, as he would say, “Can’t is not a word!”
Preceded in death by his parents John and Rita Freeman.
Survived by his wife Millie A. Freeman; daughters Laura (Steven) Wiggins, Christine (Angie) Hodges and Susan Hodges; son Bret (Amy) Freeman; grandchildren Mandy Sue (Danny) Strobbe, Tyler Hodges, Jeremiah Hodges, Billy “Bonz” Freeman and Lexi Freeman; Great Granddaughter Sophia Hodges; Sisters Margaret Menghini Fuleihan, Victoria Freeman, Mary Hardy, Taffy (Gary) Massey; brother Scott Freeman and many nieces, nephews and friends that he always considered family.
Visitation has been scheduled for Friday, February 2nd from 12:00- 5:00 pm Rose Hill Funeral Home 4161 E. Admiral Pl. Tulsa, Oklahoma (Stateroom)
Services are scheduled for Saturday, February 3rd at 10:00 am Rose Hill Funeral Home (Chapel)