OK National Guard mourns loss of Yukon soldier

2016 YHS graduate Tanner S. Freeman was 24

PFC Tanner S. Freeman

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Members of the Oklahoma Army National Guard are mourning the death of one of their own who grew up in Yukon.

Private First Class (PFC) Tanner Scott Freeman died Oct. 13, 2021, at the age of 24.

A native of Shawnee, Freeman graduated in May 2016 from Yukon High School and later joined the Oklahoma National Guard.

“The cause of his death was not military related,” said Lt. Col. Geoff Legler of the Oklahoma National Guard. “He was a member of Company A, 545th Brigade Engineering Battalion. His unit drills at the AFRC (Armed Forces Reserve Center) in Mustang.

“PFC Freeman was a horizontal construction engineer. Most of their missions have to do with concrete and asphalt work building roads and foundations.”

Freeman had not deployed overseas, Legler added.

Oklahoma National Guardsmen were asked to keep PFC Freeman’s “family, friends and battle buddies” in their thoughts and prayers.

Freeman is survived by his father and mother, Jeff and Kathie Freeman of Yukon; birth mother, Kari Dodson of Texas; grandparents, Jerry and Glenda Freeman of Arizona; uncle, Glen Freeman and wife Cassie; aunt, Lacenda Brumfield and husband Ray; cousins, Jason Freeman and wife Elisha, Austin Brumfield, Preston Brumfield, and Scott Freeman; as well as a host of other family and friends.

Viewing and visitation for Freeman were Oct. 16 at Yanda & Son Funeral Home, Yukon.