Theodore Jacob Freeman
April 20, 1924 – August 21, 2020
On August 21, Theodore (Ted) Jacob Freeman, Jr., passed away at the Willow Valley Communities in Lancaster, PA at the age of 96.
Ted was born to Theodore Freeman, Sr., and Gertrude Freeman on April 20, 1924, in Tremont, PA. His mother died when he was two years old, but he was blessed to be raised by a number of relatives including his grandmother Emma Freeman, his aunt Gladys Wolff, and his uncle Lester Freeman.
Ted was a star athlete at Tremont High School during the early forties, playing varsity baseball and leading his basketball team to a league championship.
During World War II, Ted enlisted in the Navy and served as an Aviation Machinist Mate at the Naval Air Station Base at Barbers Point in Hawaii. After the war, Ted married Marie Schlegel of Valley View and moved to Washington, D.C. where he joined the DC Metropolitan Police Force in 1951.
After the attempted assassination of President Truman, Ted joined the White House Police (later becoming the U.S. Secret Service, Uniformed Division). He served the agency for 25 years protecting presidents Truman through Ford. In April 1973 he was appointed head of the White House Division. He retired in 1976 with many interesting stories about his White House years.
Ted was an avid golfer and enjoyed traveling the country with Marie. They initially retired to Ocean Pines, MD, and were founding members of St. Peter’s Lutheran church in Ocean City, MD. In 2002, they moved to Willow Valley Communities and became members of Ascension Lutheran Church in Willow Street.
Marie passed away in December of 2003. Ted later found love and companionship with Joyce Hall, and they were married in October of 2009.
In addition to his wife Joyce, Ted is survived by his children Thomas (Barbara) Freeman, Peggy (McLaurin) Dawson, Ann (Michael) Novick and his grandchildren Matthew Freeman, Sarah Dawson, Jessica Kilfoyle, Natalie Novick, Samantha Novick, Alex Novick, five great grandchildren, and two stepchildren, Barbara Price and Craig Hall.
Internment will be at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, and a memorial celebration will be held at a later date.