John Robert Defreese

PITTSBURG — John Robert Defreese, 74, of Pittsburg passed away on Monday, Feb. 27, 2023, at Freeman Hospital in Joplin.

John was born on Aug. 24, 1948, to Carl Robert and Evaun Virginia (Hutchison) Defreese in Lamar, Missouri. 

On March 21, 1987, he married Coleen Maffei at Sheldon, Missouri. She survives of the home. 

John worked for AZZ Inc. and Avail Enclosure Systems for 15 years. He also enjoyed golfing and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Coleen; a son, Colten Defreese of Pittsburg; three stepbrothers, Danny Chapman of Sheldon, Missouri, Darrell Chapman and his wife, Debra, of Nevada, Missouri, and Don Chapman and his wife, Geri, of Webb City, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his stepmom, Dorothy Lee Defreese.

A parish rosary will be prayed at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with the Rev. Andrew Labenz as celebrant. Burial will follow at the McCune City Cemetery. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg.

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