Jack Lawson Freeman, 89, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2019. Jack was born in Chicago Illinois in 1929. His childhood was spent in Jefferson, North Carolina. At age 14, he moved to Aberdeen, Maryland, where he met his wife of 69 years, Bette.
He graduated from Aberdeen High School and excelled as a soccer goalkeeper. He also loved baseball and basketball.
Jack and Bette eloped in 1950 in North Carolina with Jack’s brother, Roy Freeman, as witness. They returned to Aberdeen and lived for a time with Bette’s parents, Roland “Bris” and Ella Bristow. Bris and Jack became the best of friends over the years.
Jack joined the U.S. Air Force in 1951, where he learned his lifelong trade of radar maintenance. After four years in the U.S. Air Force, he continued working on radars and guided missile systems for Sperry Corporation. He continued his role as an electronic technician for the Navy civil service until he retired in 1989.
Jack and Bette enjoyed the next 14 years traveling the USA in their R.V.; they visited most of the lower 48 states and enjoyed a remarkable adventure to Alaska. They also enjoyed their warm winters in Florida. He enjoyed fishing on the Chesapeake Bay. In his older years, he loved watching the birds in the bird feeder. One constant throughout his life was his love of his dogs and grand-dogs. He was a dedicated Virginia Tech Hokies fan.
Jack’s greatest joy in his life was being with his family, especially his wife Bette. He had four children, Jack L. Freeman Jr., Robin Freeman Miner, Lisbeth Freeman and Chris Freeman; and daughter and son-in-laws, Ed Miner, Kathryn Friedman and Stef Freeman. He was the number-one fan of his grandchildren, Miles and Joel Miner, Kristen Johnson, Lindsey Freeman, Julia, Danya and Eric Friedman and Sam and Alana DuFresne. He had five great-granddaughters and three great-grandsons. He also had a beloved niece, Holly Pritchett, who he considered to be his third daughter.
In lieu of flowers, Jack would love for donations to go to the Virginia Beach SPCA.
A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 27, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach. In keeping with Jack’s laid back attitude, casual dress is requested at his memorial service. A backyard picnic will follow the service.
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