SUN PRAIRIE –John H. “Jack” Freitag, age 87, passed away in his home on Saturday, October 17th, 2020. Jack, son of Henry and Ella Freitag was born on July 9th, 1933 in Merrill Wisconsin. He spent two years in the US Army (1951-1953), before marrying his wife, Joyce (Hass) on March 31st, 1956. Together they built their home in Sun Prairie and raised three daughters.
Jack was well-known for his work in farm construction and sales (Freitag Construction and Patz Sales and Service) for over 50 years in Dane County and surrounding areas. A brilliant woodworker and metal artist, Jack enjoyed spending countless hours in his shop tinkering, fixing and creating things for his family, friends, and community. He also enjoyed going to flea markets in search of just the right tools or toy tractors to add to his collection. For many years Jack was involved in WTPA and NTPA tractor pulling competitions, his own tractor, “The Fudmobile” held a champion title for several years. Jack was also an avid fisherman and a great cook, known especially for his fried chicken, potato salad, and homemade soup. Jack was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Sun Prairie for close to 65 years.
Jack is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joyce Freitag, as well as his three daughters, Sandy McMahon, Cindy Johnson, Tammy (Byron) Rutland; and brother, Tom (Alice) Freitag. Jack was a grandfather to ten, a great-grandfather to eight, and a great-great grandfather to one; as well as a brother-in-law, cousin, uncle, great uncle, and friend to many.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Ella Freitag; his brother and sister, Dale and Dorothy, as well as Dorothy’s husband, Gill Martin. He was further preceded by his nephew, Jay Freitag; granddaughter, Iris Klein; parents-in-law, Arthur and Adaline Hass; as well as two sons in law, Phillip McMahon and Kenny Johnson.
Funeral service will be on Saturday, November 7th, 2020 at 2:00pm at Peace Lutheran Church located at: 1007 Stone Haven Dr. Sun Prairie, WI 53590. Interment to follow at Sun Prairie Memory Gardens.