Graveside services for Jake Froman were held today at Woodlawn Cemetery. Jake passed away on his birthday, Wednesday, January 01, 2014. He was 77.
Born January 1, 1937 in Claremore, Oklahoma to William and Julia (Horner) Froman, Jake received his education from Tiawah schools.
Following his schooling, Jake worked for a time in Davenport, Iowa washing windows in the city’s high rise buildings. He returned home when his father’s health began to fail.
On March 15, 1964 Jake married Linda Moody and this union was blessed with 2 children.
Jake’s brother Bob needed someone to help run the gas station on the east side of Claremore and Jake took the position.
He enjoyed his customers and all the ladies in town new they could count on Jake to make sure their car was well cared for.
His caring nature was often seen in the way he would see a need and just take care of it for people that couldn’t do it themselves. Jake was known for his impeccable ability to lay tile and worked for Industrial Tile for many years.
He also owned his own business and was quite successful at his trade.
Jake’s passion was working on his land and in 1987 he began raising cattle. You might say his hobby was taking care of his farm; this was a joint effort with his son Lance.
Lately his grandson Chance has stepped in and is helping his dad.
He so enjoyed being outside in the fresh air and making sure his property was well kept. He would start the morning by saying “Let’s get it” which was Jake’s way of letting you know it was time to start working.
Each spring was spent making ready his bountiful garden that provided many friends with fresh produce. Another one of Jake’s hobbies was refinish furniture.
His abilities were put to good use by helping remodel the Willieo Baptist Church, where he and Linda attended. Jake spent many hours there and made sure the land around the church was mowed and kept up. Spending time with his grandchildren was very special to Jake and with them living next to each other, he kept up with their daily activities.
He was also quite the jokester and gave those he loved a hard time, but it was always in fun.
A kind and caring husband, father, grandfather and friend, Jake will be missed by all that knew him.
Those family members that survive include his wife Linda and his children Lance Froman and wife Sara and Julie Holmes and husband Allan Greer all of Claremore; his beloved grandchildren Shelby Holmes, Chance Froman and Callee Froman; his sisters-in-law Phyllis Froman, Shirley Froman and Donna Froman and many nieces and nephews. Jake was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Lorene Vickery, Mary Sullivan and Belle Burd; brothers Bill Froman, John Froman, Lloyd Froman and Bob Froman.