J.L. Freeman, 73, of Shawnee, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in Midwest City.

J.L. Freeman, lifelong resident of Shawnee, passed from this world on Feb. 9, 2017, in Midwest City.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, at Dale Cemetery with Larry Townsend officiating.

Services are under the direction of Walker Funeral Service.

He was born May 5, 1943, in Huntington Park, California, to Woody and Onita Freeman.

On April 13, 1960, he married the love of his life, Ann (Miller), in Ada. Having a secret wedding, they moved to Ontario, California, where he already had a job on the pipeline, and they returned to Shawnee after a couple of years. He worked all over the United States including Alaska, Canada, and Trinidad/Tobago, but always returned to Oklahoma and his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Woodrow and Onita (Kelley) Freeman, and brothers Charles and Leon Freeman.

He is survived by his wife: Ann (Miller) Freeman of the home; three children: Tracy Freeman-Sherlock of Tecumseh, Monty and Roxanne Freeman of Bethel Acres, and Becky Freeman-Click of Shawnee. He was blessed with eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and a big-nosed brother-in-law, Terry Miller and wife Sharon of Houston, Texas, sisters-in-law Beverly Miller of Tahlequah and Audrey Freeman of Shawnee, and numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

He was a proud member of local pipeliners union 798 for 60 years, where he was a journeyman. He received his union book in 1959 and after his second heart attack forced to retire in 2003. After retiring, he spent his time working in his shop and on his tractor or going to grand and great-grandchildren's events. If you needed help, he was there, had a big heart and would give the shirt off his back if you needed it.