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The life and times of Ned Gordon Freestone


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August, 1928 to June 2020

Ned was born on his family farm near Dawson, IA and grew up on a farm north of Redfield, IA. The 1940’s started out tough with the loss of his mother.  Ned  had an accident at a high school football game where he was left in Rochester, MN in a body cast for 6 months.  Now behind in school, he worked hard, and found himself on the honor roll. After graduation Ned took some flying lessons. Ned went on to work at the Redfield brick yard. He also worked various construction jobs and worked on the wheat harvest in North Dakota. He then went to California to work for his Uncle Oliver pruning apple trees.

Returning home, Ned bought a 1947 Dodge truck and started hauling gravel.  In the 1940’s he met and married Jeannine Martin.  In the Sixties he purchased his first diesel semi, a new 1965 Kenworth.  In 1969 he married Jean Barton in Reno, NV.  Ned got his own authority to operate as a contract carrier in 1987. This was the beginning of Freestone JN Trucking.  Ned hauled steel for Marmon Keystone from Chicago to Denver until 1990.

Jean and Ned made several trips to Westcliffe, CO each year with their horses and rode in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  In 1990 Ned was told he had macular degeneration, so he moved to Westcliffe, CO and semi-retired.  In 1993 he started a new job of selling Tennessee walking horses and mules.  In 2005 he moved to Arizona.

He was a man who did not sit still for long.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, scuba diving, car racing camping trail riding and team penning. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa, great-grandpa, and a lover of God. Ned was baptized 1981 at Peace Lutheran church, Earlham, IA. Ned  joined Epiphany of Christ Lutheran Church, in Apache Junction, AZ. in 2008.

In June, Ned ascended to his heavenly home to be with his parents Lawrence and Ada, brothers Dick and Jerry, his eldest son Richard (Rick).  He left behind his beloved wife of 51 years, Jean, his sister Dixie (Keith) Murphy, sons Michael (Mary Jo) and William (Penny), Stepson Kerry (Connie) Barton, Stepdaughter Kathy (Jeff) Buehrle, 14 grandchildren, 30 great -grandchildren plus a lifetime of friends.

To all that received phone calls from Ned, his new heavenly cell number is I-NGO-DSH-ANDS.(In GOD’s Hands).

Celebration of Ned’s Life will be held at a future date. In lieu of sending flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to one of the following: Ned’s great-granddaughter Mara (fighting Anaplastic Ependymoma (Brain Tumor).

“Benefit for Mara Nevins”

Mail to: Mara Nevins C/O Raccoon Valley Bank 1009 Court Street Adel, Iowa 50003

or

Epiphany of Christ Lutheran Church 1050 W. Superstition Blvd. Apache Junction, AZ 85120

TO THOSE I LOVE:

When I am gone, just release me and let me go. So I can move into my afterglow. You mustn’t tie me down with your tears; let’s be happy that we had so many years.  I gave you my love, you can only guess how much you gave me in happiness.  I thank you for the love you each have shown, but now it’s time I traveled on alone.

So grieve for me awhile, if grieve you must, then let your grief be comforted with trust. It’s only for a while that we must part, so bless the memories within your heart, and then, when you must come this way alone, I’ll greet you with a smile and a “Welcome Home”.

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17 responses to “The life and times of Ned Gordon Freestone”

  1. Frank & Yvonne Wierzba says:

    We have been blessed to have enjoyed some of the adventures in Ned’s life.
    He was a kind ,gentle and caring person . We will treasure the memories of our
    times spent together.

  2. John Aulwes says:

    Sorry for your loss.

  3. Lisa Bledsoe says:

    What a beautiful memorial ❤️ wonderful tribute .

  4. Bob & Carol Pennington says:

    Ned was one of a kind on earth and will be one of a kind in Heaven!

  5. Gregory Holter says:

    Will miss him terribly. He was a good friend n a great boss. My prayers go out to the family. Cordell is there to welcome him home

  6. Linda Pospisil says:

    What an amazing life he was blessed with . He was a fun guy and I always enjoyed visiting with him.Prayers for you Jean and family. He will be missed.

  7. Lisa & Allen Avery says:

    We shared so many wonderful times together with Ned & Jean. I can still see your smile and hear your laughter. Your friendship is truly a blessing. Thank you for the treasured memories.

  8. Margie Eppley says:

    Forever will be carried in my heart. So many, many, many great memories with Ned and Jean. Fishing all night on the muddy Mississippi in their pontoon boat, riding horses in Adel, mushroom hunting, visits in Colorado, going to church with them, laughter and stories. A very important part of my life. A true blessing.

  9. Pandora Freestone says:

    I’ll miss you, you old horse thief you!! Thank you for always making me feel a part of. I love you and your family is in my prayers, as I know you are already telling jokes to God!

  10. Jennifer and Mack Freestone says:

    We are so sorry for your loss, we loved Ned with all our hearts, as much as we love all of you. You are always in our hearts and in our prayers.

  11. Larry & Margaret Morrison says:

    We’re sorry for your loss. Prayers for all the family.

  12. Annabel Stonehocker says:

    Many good memories of Ned got to know him through my husband . He was know to be a straight shooter and will be missed prayers for the family

  13. Jim Eide says:

    Glad to say that I knew Ned and that he was a great friend of my folks. Prayers to your family.

  14. Kay Curtis Hunsaker says:

    The family of Graham Curtis, who was a lifelong friend from Redfield, IA, loved Ned very much and was very sad to learn of his passing. My monthly calls from Ned were always full of laughter and good cheer. Rest in peace old friend♥️

  15. Brian Murphy says:

    With God You Sit

  16. Tammie Romero says:

    Ned, Terry knew you alot more than I did , but I always enjoyed you so much when I was around ya , it seems like we hit it off pretty good , I always said you had a voice that reminded me of Katherine Hepburn`s voice, I wish we could of spend more time with ya, a true pleasure to know you and will miss you !

  17. Cindy Hutt says:

    To Neds family: You are in are prayers at this difficult time. Raleigh & Cindy Hutt Sandra’S brother.

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The life and times of Ned Gordon Freestone


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August, 1928 to June 2020

Ned was born on his family farm near Dawson, IA and grew up on a farm north of Redfield, IA. The 1940’s started out tough with the loss of his mother.  Ned  had an accident at a high school football game where he was left in Rochester, MN in a body cast for 6 months.  Now behind in school, he worked hard, and found himself on the honor roll. After graduation Ned took some flying lessons. Ned went on to work at the Redfield brick yard. He also worked various construction jobs and worked on the wheat harvest in North Dakota. He then went to California to work for his Uncle Oliver pruning apple trees.

Returning home, Ned bought a 1947 Dodge truck and started hauling gravel.  In the 1940’s he met and married Jeannine Martin.  In the Sixties he purchased his first diesel semi, a new 1965 Kenworth.  In 1969 he married Jean Barton in Reno, NV.  Ned got his own authority to operate as a contract carrier in 1987. This was the beginning of Freestone JN Trucking.  Ned hauled steel for Marmon Keystone from Chicago to Denver until 1990.

Jean and Ned made several trips to Westcliffe, CO each year with their horses and rode in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  In 1990 Ned was told he had macular degeneration, so he moved to Westcliffe, CO and semi-retired.  In 1993 he started a new job of selling Tennessee walking horses and mules.  In 2005 he moved to Arizona.

He was a man who did not sit still for long.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, scuba diving, car racing camping trail riding and team penning. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa, great-grandpa, and a lover of God. Ned was baptized 1981 at Peace Lutheran church, Earlham, IA. Ned  joined Epiphany of Christ Lutheran Church, in Apache Junction, AZ. in 2008.

In June, Ned ascended to his heavenly home to be with his parents Lawrence and Ada, brothers Dick and Jerry, his eldest son Richard (Rick).  He left behind his beloved wife of 51 years, Jean, his sister Dixie (Keith) Murphy, sons Michael (Mary Jo) and William (Penny), Stepson Kerry (Connie) Barton, Stepdaughter Kathy (Jeff) Buehrle, 14 grandchildren, 30 great -grandchildren plus a lifetime of friends.

To all that received phone calls from Ned, his new heavenly cell number is I-NGO-DSH-ANDS.(In GOD’s Hands).

Celebration of Ned’s Life will be held at a future date. In lieu of sending flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to one of the following: Ned’s great-granddaughter Mara (fighting Anaplastic Ependymoma (Brain Tumor).

“Benefit for Mara Nevins”

Mail to: Mara Nevins C/O Raccoon Valley Bank 1009 Court Street Adel, Iowa 50003

or

Epiphany of Christ Lutheran Church 1050 W. Superstition Blvd. Apache Junction, AZ 85120

TO THOSE I LOVE:

When I am gone, just release me and let me go. So I can move into my afterglow. You mustn’t tie me down with your tears; let’s be happy that we had so many years.  I gave you my love, you can only guess how much you gave me in happiness.  I thank you for the love you each have shown, but now it’s time I traveled on alone.

So grieve for me awhile, if grieve you must, then let your grief be comforted with trust. It’s only for a while that we must part, so bless the memories within your heart, and then, when you must come this way alone, I’ll greet you with a smile and a “Welcome Home”.

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17 responses to “The life and times of Ned Gordon Freestone”

  1. Frank & Yvonne Wierzba says:

    We have been blessed to have enjoyed some of the adventures in Ned’s life.
    He was a kind ,gentle and caring person . We will treasure the memories of our
    times spent together.

  2. John Aulwes says:

    Sorry for your loss.

  3. Lisa Bledsoe says:

    What a beautiful memorial ❤️ wonderful tribute .

  4. Bob & Carol Pennington says:

    Ned was one of a kind on earth and will be one of a kind in Heaven!

  5. Gregory Holter says:

    Will miss him terribly. He was a good friend n a great boss. My prayers go out to the family. Cordell is there to welcome him home

  6. Linda Pospisil says:

    What an amazing life he was blessed with . He was a fun guy and I always enjoyed visiting with him.Prayers for you Jean and family. He will be missed.

  7. Lisa & Allen Avery says:

    We shared so many wonderful times together with Ned & Jean. I can still see your smile and hear your laughter. Your friendship is truly a blessing. Thank you for the treasured memories.

  8. Margie Eppley says:

    Forever will be carried in my heart. So many, many, many great memories with Ned and Jean. Fishing all night on the muddy Mississippi in their pontoon boat, riding horses in Adel, mushroom hunting, visits in Colorado, going to church with them, laughter and stories. A very important part of my life. A true blessing.

  9. Pandora Freestone says:

    I’ll miss you, you old horse thief you!! Thank you for always making me feel a part of. I love you and your family is in my prayers, as I know you are already telling jokes to God!

  10. Jennifer and Mack Freestone says:

    We are so sorry for your loss, we loved Ned with all our hearts, as much as we love all of you. You are always in our hearts and in our prayers.

  11. Larry & Margaret Morrison says:

    We’re sorry for your loss. Prayers for all the family.

  12. Annabel Stonehocker says:

    Many good memories of Ned got to know him through my husband . He was know to be a straight shooter and will be missed prayers for the family

  13. Jim Eide says:

    Glad to say that I knew Ned and that he was a great friend of my folks. Prayers to your family.

  14. Kay Curtis Hunsaker says:

    The family of Graham Curtis, who was a lifelong friend from Redfield, IA, loved Ned very much and was very sad to learn of his passing. My monthly calls from Ned were always full of laughter and good cheer. Rest in peace old friend♥️

  15. Brian Murphy says:

    With God You Sit

  16. Tammie Romero says:

    Ned, Terry knew you alot more than I did , but I always enjoyed you so much when I was around ya , it seems like we hit it off pretty good , I always said you had a voice that reminded me of Katherine Hepburn`s voice, I wish we could of spend more time with ya, a true pleasure to know you and will miss you !

  17. Cindy Hutt says:

    To Neds family: You are in are prayers at this difficult time. Raleigh & Cindy Hutt Sandra’S brother.

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