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Jon Edward Freeland
August 22, 1955 ~ October 22, 2023 (age 68) 68 Years Old
Jefferson – Jon Edward Freeland, 68, of Jefferson, Ga, passed away at home on October 22, 2023. In his last days, he was battling colon cancer and heart disease.
Jon was born on August 26, 1955, in Fort Monmouth, NJ, to Frederick and Helen Audre Freeland. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Helen Audre Freeland; his brother, Frederick Freeland Jr.; and his sister Cynthia Ahroon.
Jon is survived by his wife, Maria Freeland, and his five children: Sara Freeland, Emily Pugh, Daniel Freeland, Melissa Jones, and Carolynn Freeland, and their spouses, and eight grandchildren. His children were his pride and joy. And his grandchildren, who called him Poppy, were the lights of his life. He loved ice cream and making homemade ice cream for his children and grandchildren.
Jon loved history. And genealogy. His life’s calling was plotting family trees and ancestries. He was quick to give his children “history lessons” on historical events, particularly on Civil War or World War I or II trivia.
He started his career in the U.S. Army, where he served as a captain in the Army Corps of Engineers. He was stationed in Fort Stewart, Georgia. He later worked at Komatsu and Kobelco. He spent his later years as a substitute teacher for the Jackson County School System. He also worked at Publix supermarket. He spent years volunteering for the Boy Scouts of America.
He was a proud graduate of the University of Michigan. Go Blue.
A celebration of her life will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sims Road in Winder, Ga. on Nov. 18 at 2 p.m.