James M. Freed

April 06, 1939 ‒ April 13, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

James Melvin Freed, 80, of Delaware, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2019.  He was born on a farm in Garfield County, Oklahoma, on April 6, 1939, the son of B Leon and Ada Myrtle (Moyers) Freed.  On August 16, 1969, Jim married his beloved wife, Judith V. Miley, in Muncie, Indiana.

Jim received his Bachelor of Science (magna com laude) in 1961 from McPherson College in Kansas.  In 1996 the McPherson College Board of Trustees awarded Dr. Freed an Alumni Citation of Merit for exemplary service to his profession.

Dr. Freed received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois.  During his last year at the university, he joined an expedition to the Gulf of Alaska, studying invertebrates and their acclimation to different temperatures.  In 1969, he joined the faculty of Ohio Wesleyan University where he taught genetics, anatomy, and cellular physiology in the Department of Zoology for 32 years.  He was involved with the Ohio Academy of Science’s State Science Day for 24 years, including being the director for most of those years.  In 1991, the Ohio House of Representatives selected him as an Ohio Academy of Science Centennial honoree.

Jim and his wife Judi were dedicated to researching extensive family history.  With the help of sixty chapter editors around the USA, Jim edited a 1000 page book on his Mason-White family, researching and writing the early genealogical history in a well-documented and completely indexed volume of which he sold 1000 copies.  With this editing background and with his experience in genetics, Jim became interested in genetic genealogy.  He was a pioneer in this field of study using Family Tree DNA to confirm or deny family relationships and connections.  With that experience he started giving genetic genealogy presentations all over the USA, in Ireland, and on a cruise ship in the Baltic Sea.  After a presentation in Denver, he was invited to give the same presentation to the National Genealogical Society.  Jim was president of the Delaware County Genealogical Society for three years.

Jim and Judi traveled extensively and visited many of the countries in Europe, as well as Russia, China, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, and the Galapagos islands.  Having lived in Delaware for nearly 50 years, they were members of Asbury United Methodist Church and Jim served on numerous committees.

Jim is survived by his loving wife Judi; his daughter Jana Loel (Freed) Wynett (Jon) of Boulder, Colorado; his son Jonathan David Freed (Shannon) of Buchtel, Ohio; five grandchildren, Jeremy James and Jackson Riley Wynett, and Atticus David, Adalyn Sue, and Ardenne Isabel Freed; three brothers, Ronald B Freed of McPherson, Kansas, Merlin David Freed (Nancy) of Vici, Oklahoma; Robert V. Freed (Barbara) of Okeene, Oklahoma; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visiting hours will be held at the Snyder Funeral Homes, 101 Valleyside Drive, from 7:00-8:30 pm on Friday, April 19, 2019.   A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, April 20, at Asbury United Methodist Church, 55 W. Lincoln Avenue, with a reception following.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jim’s memory to Asbury United Methodist Church, McPherson College fund (online), Ohio Wesleyan University, or the Delaware County Genealogical Society (84 East Winter Street).

To share a fond memory or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Snyder- Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is assisting the family with arrangements.

  • We send our heartfelt sympathy to Jim’s loving family. He was so accomplished. The legacy he left all of us through the Mason-White family history will live forever as a testament to his talents and perseverance. It was a grand gift to all of us. We are sorry for your loss.

  • So sorry for your loss. Delaware was proud to have Jim as a member of the community.

  • It’s with a heavy heart that I write this note in memory of my high school classmate and friend for life, Jim Freed. Jim’s mother was our English teacher and my aunt was our math and history teacher in Okeene, Oklahoma where we were raised. We played together in band and competed for the best grades in most of our classes; a competition in which I usually came in second but one that taught me how to study.

    Although we parted in 1957 to attend different colleges and graduate schools, we remained in contact by mail and through our class reunions, organized and managed by Jim every five years. It was though those events that I came to know Judi. Jim, Judy and their six-year old twin grandsons visited us in our home in Norman, OK a few years ago, some time after Jim had begun his decline. It was a wonderful and poignant experience.

    Speaking for your high school of 1957, I can state that those of us still living will all miss Jim and his leadership. Our prayers and condolences go to all of Jim’s family and especially to Judi, his loving and supportive wife. There won’t be another Jim Freed in our lives.

    Bruce Addis Naylor, MD
    Life long friend and classmate of Jim Freed

  • It’s with a heavy heart that I write this note in memory of my high school classmate and friend for life, Jim Freed. Jim’s mother was our English teacher and my aunt was our math and history teacher in Okeene, Oklahoma where we were raised. We played together in band and competed for the best grades in most of our classes; a competition in which I usually came in second but one that taught me how to study.

    Although we parted in 1957 to attend different colleges and graduate schools, we remained in contact by mail and through our class reunions, organized and managed by Jim every five years. It was though those events that I came to know Judi. Jim, Judy and their six-year old twin grandsons visited us in our home in Norman, OK a few years ago, some time after Jim had begun his decline. It was a wonderful and poignant experience.

    Speaking for your high school of 1957, I can state that those of us still living will all miss Jim and his leadership. Our prayers and condolences go to all of Jim’s family and especially to Judi, his loving and supportive wife. There won’t be another Jim Freed in our lives.

  • what a legacy Jim has left us. I will miss him at Mason reunions and his wonderful story telling and I am forever looking something up in his well documented book. We all have suffered a great loss. my condolences to all the families.

  • Jim was one of the very first persons I met when I arrived on campus at McPherson College in the fall of 1957. Jim lived across the hall from me in old Fahenstock Hall.

    While I am sorry to learn of this death, I do believe he is in a better place now.

  • Dear Judi,
    You are in our thoughts, and we hope that the memories that you have of a life together will help sustain you and your family at this difficult time.
    Joan and Marty Kalb

  • Dear Judi and Freed family,

    Please accept my sympathies for your loss. I know these last months have been hard but will miss seeing Jim when I visit Willow Brook. He would greet my daughter with a kind look and smile when she came with me. Of course I know there are a lifetime of other memories and achievements that you will look back upon with fondnees, and please know we’re all thinking of you during this difficult time.

    Karen Robbins, Andrew (and Lydia) Knapp

  • Judi & family – Very sorry to hear of the passing of Jim, my long-time colleague and friend. I have so many memories of Jim outside of the classroom…. from helping him install concrete walls and sidewalks at your place on Fountain Avenue…..to rooming with him on Bill Stull’s inaugural OWU trip to the Galapagos Islands in 1974.
    Jim certainly threw all his energy into all of his activities. In addition to the many points made in the obituary notice, Jim was an early advocate of the use of computers in our labs and courses; and he taught genetics at a time when that field was transitioning from classical to molecular.
    Jim was more than generous with his time and talents. I recall a number of occasions when he unearthed details about my family history without my even asking.
    Despite his achievements and enthusiasm, he never sought the limelight, but instead, followed the path of modesty and kindness. I trust that many wonderful memories will bring all members of the Freed clan solace in this time of loss.

  • I am saddened to learn of Jim’s death. For a few years he and my husband Bill walked the path of failing memory together. Before that I knew him as a wonderful resource in the years I was teaching biology at Hayes High and he was a professor at OWU. He was always willing to give me help. I also knew him as the father of two of my fine students Jana and Jonathan.
    My heartfelt condolences to Judi and to all the family in your great loss.
    Sincerely,

  • Thank you, judi, for bringing Jim into our lives! His quiet strength, and example enabled your children, nephews, and his students to know acceptance, to enact kindness, and to intellectually make their mark. Tomorrow is Easter.. .. what fabulous timing for Jim’s Homecoming. Our love to each of you as you celebrate his life with you! Tom & Nell

  • Thank you, Colleen. Jim and I treasured your part in the education of our children!

  • Thank you, Colleen. Jim and I treasured your part in the education of our children!