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John D. Freas

A funeral service celebrating the life of John D. Freas, 73, of Newark, was held March 7, 2020, at Criss Wagner Hoskinson Funeral and Cremation Service, with Rev. Bruce Gutridge officiating.
John was born in Newark, on January 3, 1947, to the late Harold E. and Cora M. (Reed) Freas. He passed away on February 27, 2020, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.
Prior to retirement, John was a Captain with the Newark Fire Department, where he was also a fire investigator; founding Chief of the Licking Township Fire Company; Union Township Police Officer; Licking and Perry County Fire Investigation Teams; Licking County Rescue Teams; Licking County HAZ-MAT Team; was a fire instructor; Licking County Sheriff’s Officer deputy; Johnstown Police officer; EMS coordinator for Newark Fire Department; Newark Air Force Base Firefighter; Licking Township Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.; a Licking County 4-H Advisor; and ran the Freas Farms.
John enjoyed the NHRA, and was known as the “Gatekeeper of the Zoo” at National Trail Raceway. He was an avid Ohio State Football fan and loved TBDBITL. Most important to John, was the time he spent with his friends and loving family, especially watching his grandchildren play ball. He will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him.
Survivors include his children, Jill Dian (Andrew Gatts) Freas and John Eugene (Brittany) Freas; grandchildren, Maya Keefe, Gabriella Webster, Aden Webster and Dusty Freas; mother of his children, Marsha Freas; and numerous friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by aunts; uncles; and his fur child, Bella.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of John to the Newark Firefighter’s Charities, PO Box 1189, Newark, Ohio 43058-1189.
Criss Wagner Hoskinson Funeral and Cremation Service is honored to care for John and his family.

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