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Freed, James “Jim” W.

Freed, James “Jim” W.

August 6, 1952 — July 28, 2021

James (Jim) Wendell Freed was a beloved husband, father, brother, son, and friend. He passed away peacefully in the arms of his loving wife of over thirty years, Marie Alisa Lechner Freed, on Wednesday, July 28th, 2021 at Liberty Hospital. Jim was born August 6th, 1952 in Monmouth, Illinois to John Wendell Freed and Mariella Mae Rohr Freed. The oldest of four children, he leaves behind a sister, Mary Ann Freed Jones, and a brother, John Richard Freed. He is preceded in death by his father and youngest sister, Lori Jill Freed Brown. Jim was a proud and loving father of five children: Keturah Lynn Freed, Rebekah Kay Freed, Timothy James Freed, Victor (Alisa) James Freed, and James (Jimmy) Wendell Freed.

Jim led a life full of adventure and accomplishments. He was a swimmer and a wrestler at Monmouth High School as well as a Life Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He joined the U.S. Navy in August 1970 at eighteen years of age. Jim served aboard two submarines, the U.S.S. Daniel Webster and the U.S.S. New York City, between 1970 and 1979, and continued to serve in the U.S. Naval Reserves until 1996. He retired as a Senior Chief Petty Officer with a National Defense Service Medal. During his service, he accepted Jesus as his savior and served the Lord faithfully throughout his life. Jim earned his Bachelor’s degree from Southwest Baptist University and a Master of Divinity from the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Most recently, he was proud to support the U.S. Army as the Program Manager for the Mission Combat Training Program at NATECH. Jim was a dedicated member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church and loved to lead Bible studies for his brothers and sisters in Christ. We are deeply grateful for his service to his country, his unending love for his wife and children, and his faith in the Lord.

Visitation begins at 2:00 p.m., followed by services at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 31st, 2021 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty, Missouri. Private burial service at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials: Rebuilding Together KC, 2050 Plumbers Way #150, Liberty, MO 64068. Arrangements: Park Lawn Northland Chapel (816) 781-8228.

Service Information

Visitation begins at 2:00 pm, followed by services at 3:00 pm, on Saturday, July 31, at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Liberty. Memorials: Rebuilding Together KC, 2050 Plumbers Way #150, Liberty, MO 64068. You may read Jim’s obituary or leave a message for the family at www.parklawnfunerals.com. Arrangements: Park Lawn Northland Chapel (816) 781-8228. Private burial service at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Freed, James “Jim” W.'s Guestbook

So sorry to learn of Jim's passing. I offer my prayers of condolence and comfort for the family. I worked with Jim during the time he was with Northrop Grumman at Fort Leavenworth and was always struck by the overall importance he put on his family over everything else. Jim will be missed by all who new him.

John Lange

Having traveled and worked with Jim over the last decade it is with heavy heart that we accept that he has journeyed to his final destination . He was always full of stories and and constantly talked about his family whom he loved dearly. You are all in our prayers in this difficult time.

Humphrey Family

Jim was great to work with many years ago at Western Extralite. We would have lunches or just snack days and he would bring in some of the tastiest dishes. I still think Marie made them, but Jim took the credit. Rest in God's glory my friend.

Pam Wishon

What can I say about someone I grew up with, someone who I shared grief of losing parents and my daughter with but also so many happy family gatherings with gallons of homemade ice cream and let's not forget the chocolate syrup in a can! I will always cherish all my memories of him and all my cousin's. I love you Aunt Mazie Mary and John and Marie

Bonnie Caslin

Thank you Jim for sharing your love of the Lord and your humor with us. You will be missed greatly and never forgotten. Marie we love you and are here for you anytime, any day. Praying for peace and comfort for you and the kids. Love Mark and Tiffany

Tiffany Allen

Jim, you were a father figure to me and I loved you for 18 years! I will miss you forever! You are with God now and I can’t wait to see you again! I love you forever! Be at peace my friend and I will see you soon!

Cristi Pennington

My father will be so deeply missed. As I mourn his passing, the chorus of the song Dance With My Father Again by Luther Vandross is ringing in my head. “If I could get another chance Another walk, another dance with him I'd play a song that would never ever end. How I'd love, love, love to dance with my father again!”

Rebekah Freed

Thank you Jim, for loving my sister and being such a wonderful husband and father. You will truly be missed.

Melanie Taylor

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