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John Freeman 1951-1981


Posted By: Sharon Elijah (email)
Date: 12/2/2021 at 08:24:16

24 December 1981 - Midland Times

John Freeman, 30-year-old head football and basketball coach in Olin, and three other men, all in their 20s, were killed in a one-vehicle accident on a county road one mile north of Toronto in Clinton county Thursday night.

Also killed were Terry Boedeker, 20, rural Lowden; Scott Douglas Stolte, 22, rural Lowden; and Robin Kelly, 22, rural Clarence. Freeman's address was also rural Lowden.

The car in which the men were riding failed to negotiate a curve at about 11:15 p.m. as the men were returning from Maquoketa where they bowled in a league. The car entered a ditch, shearing off a utility pole, struck an embankment to a gravel road, went airborne and overturned, bursting into flames as it landed on its roof in a field.

The four men were trapped inside.

A memorial service honoring Freeman will be held in the Olin high school gymnasium Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Faculty members and friends are scheduled to speak and the service is open to the public.

Services for John E. Freeman, 30, rural Lowden, were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Center Point School. Rev. William Lane officiated at the service. Mr. Freeman died Thursday night in an auto accident.

He was born July 24, 1951, the son of Ed and Elma Freeman, Center Point. He was graduated from Center Point High School in 1969 and received his bachelor's degree William Penn in 1973.

He taught elementary physical education, driver's education and junior high history at West Lyon Community School, Inwood, from '73-'79. He was also assistant football, junior varsity basketball and junior high track coach there.

In 1979 at Olin, he became athletic director, head football coach, boys basketball coach and K-12 physical education instructor. He also coached 1980 baseball and taught those moderate and severely handicapped physical education.

In addition to his parents he is survived by a sister, Pam.


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