Jerl "Cudd" Freeland, 73, of Kerrville, Texas, passed away on May 14, 2017 at Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.
He was born March 30, 1944, near Shinnston.
He served his country during three tours in the Vietnam War. Due to his bravery, he received a Battlefield Commission. He earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Air Medal with Valor, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device, Vietnam Service Medal and a Combat Infantry Badge. He worked as a coal miner for 28 years until retiring.
He loved to ride and raise quarter horses, which he did most of his life. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 60 in Duncan, Oklahoma. For most of his retirement, Jerl was an advocate for his fellow veterans and counselled younger generations suffering from PTSD.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Lana Pamela Freeland; three sons, Todd (Brenda) Freeland of Mannington, Scott Freeland of La Porte, Texas, and Chris Freeland of Baytown, Texas; a daughter, Leanna (Denny) Efaw of Mannington; and a stepson, Jimmy (Tonya) Lemley also of Mannington; five grandchildren, Mia Cole, Heather Reese, Alexis Eddy, Aeriss Efaw and Gavan Lemley; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Betty Freeland.
At the request of the deceased, his body will be cremated, and a full military service will be announced and held at a later date.
Local arrangements are being made by Masters Funeral Home.
Published on May 18, 2017