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Jon Thomas Tumilson ROCKFORD, Iowa - Petty Officer Jon Thomas Tumilson, 35, a native of Rockford, died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, while conducting special operations combat in Afghanistan. He was born July 1, 1976, at Osage, Iowa. He joined the U.S. Navy on July 17, 1995 following graduation from the Rudd Rockford Marble Rock Community School. He graduated from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill., in September 1995. He completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL School, Coronado, Calif., in April 2002. He served in three west-coast based Special Warfare units and in two east-coast based Special Warfare units. Petty Officer Tumilson was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Defense Meritorious Service Medal. His other awards include the Bronze Star for Valor, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Action Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and four Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, and Rifle Expert and Pistol Expert Medals. He deployed on multiple deployments to include Afghanistan and Iraq. He is survived by his parents, George and Kathleen Tumilson of Rockford; two sisters, Kristie Pohlman (Brad Hartgraves) of Cedar Rapids and Joy (Scott) McMeekan of Taylor Ridge, Ill.; six nieces and nephews, Kobey Pohlman, Kamryn Pohlman, Kelsi McMeekan, Kaitlyn Pohlman, Sydney McMeekan, Isabella McMeekan; 21 aunts, uncles and cousins; and his trusted canine friend, Hawkeye. Petty Officer Tumilson was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Thomas and Nell Tumilson; maternal grandparents, John and Leona Jacobs; a friend, Kevin Reiter, and his Brothers in Arms. A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Rudd Rockford Marble Rock Community School Gymnasium. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery at Rockford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Frogman238 Memorial Fund, First Security Bank and Trust, Rockford, Iowa, (641) 756-3361. The Hauser Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323, in Charles City, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hauserfh.com.


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Published in The Virginian-Pilot on Aug. 18, 2011.
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October 16, 2020
My deep condolences to the Tumilson family and friends

I knew this great warrior from the sea when in comm school. Jon knew his radios and he was the best , very intelligent, thoughtful, gracious, a very cool shipmate to get along with, he was comical at times, but can be focused when assigned to get stuff done. I remember too, him PTing after class with his fellow NSW shipmates, and he would sometimes have his big dog to the side of him.
Thank you God, Lord Jesus, for having me met Jon, a great guy. And, thank you Jon for giving an example to what a man should strive and being a true American Patriot.

Very Respectfully,
ET1(FMF/SC/SW) ret. GP
Greg P
Friend
August 6, 2020
9 years gone but not forgotten.
Rest In Peace.
Sandee Garza Schock
July 24, 2020
To anyone reading this who was related to John or knew John. He was the most humble S.E.A.L. I've ever known. He never talked about work. He never bragged. He was an amazing warrior when he had a rifle in his hands he would dismantle the enemy. He lived as he died as a warrior. With no regrets. A week before he died he told me that whatever happened on the last mission we had that he was ready. He was at peace. The most fond memory I have of John is when he graduated Green Team and we proceeded to come up with an interesting nickname for him which I'll leave out. He said "thank you" like we just gave him a medal. He didn't ever hate anyone nor did he hold grudges. The two of us had been on over 400 mission together and he had saved my life countless times. When my third marriage fell apart he introduced me to my current wife. He was what we call in Special Operations a true hero. He earned it. He earned everything. At the end of the day when I was an instructor in Green Team and he was going through it as a student. I asked him why he was even going through selection and he said the most pure reason because he wanted to protect others. That was John. He changed the world around him and there's not a guy in Devgru who doesn't love John. Lastly John I'm sorry I didn't protect you.
The Flying Fisherman
Friend
May 25, 2020
Thank You for the ultimate sacrifice.
Gone But Not Forgotten.
Sandee Garza Schock
August 6, 2019
8 YRS GONE NOT FORGOTTEN
THANK YOU FOR THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE
Sandee Garza Schock
May 27, 2019
Rest In Peace HERO
Gone But Not Forgotten
Thank You for the ultimate sacrifice

Sincerely
Sandee Garza Schock
August 6, 2018
Thank You for the ultimate sacrifice.
Gone But Not Forgotten
Sandee Garza Schock
May 29, 2018
Never Forgotten
Thank You for the ultimate sacrifice.
Sandee Garza Schock
April 5, 2018
Youll always be my hero, uncle Jon. Wish you were here to see how ive grown throughout the years
Kamryn Pohlman
Family
October 6, 2017
Gone but never forgotten. HERO
robin cedrone
August 6, 2017
GONE 6 YRS BUT YOU'RE NOT FORGOTTEN.
THANK YOU FOR THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.
Sandee Garza Schock
May 29, 2017
Thank You for the ultimate sacrifice.
Gone But Not Forgotten.
Sandee Garza Schock
April 3, 2017
Thank you for your service
November 15, 2016
My 89 y.o. Mother, a U.S. Narine wife, passed away 11-04-16. She support our military until the day she winged her way to Heaven. Jon, give her a hug.
Dee Mathers
November 13, 2016
Sandee Garza Schock
August 6, 2016
5 years Gone But Not Forgotten
Thank You for the ultimate sacrifice
Sandee Garza Schock
May 30, 2016
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Sandee Garza Schock
November 11, 2015
Thank You for the ultimate sacrifice. Gone But Not Forgotten.
Sandee Garza Schock
August 6, 2015
Gone But Not Forgotten
Thank You for the ultimate sacrifice
Sandee Garza Schock
May 25, 2015
Gone But Not Forgotten
Thank You for the ultimate sacrifice
Sandee Garza Schock
August 7, 2014
A great man taken home but still a giant of a man. RIP Jon!
James Livingston
August 7, 2014
NEVER, EVER FORGOTTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Everette Tittle
August 6, 2014
R I P HERO
Gone But Not Forgotten
Sandee Garza Schock
May 26, 2014
Gone But Not Forgotten
Thanks for the ultimate sacrifice
Sandee Garza Schock
August 9, 2013
RIP Jon a hero
Jeannie Taylor
August 8, 2013
I want to say thank you for son's service. Gone but not forgotten. God be with you always.
Jeannie Taylor
August 6, 2013
R I P HERO
Gone But Not Forgotten
Sandee Garza Schock
April 29, 2013
To the family of Special Warfare Operator PO 1st Class (Seal) Jon T. Tumilson:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Christian Memorial Day Remembrance worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, 26 May 2013. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the bordering states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 300 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars of our nation's history and give honor to all who have served in the United States Armed Forces and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each 8-foot cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of America's conflicts.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “Freedom:Free, but Costly.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and there place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of the Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the Memorial Garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel. The Memorial Garden will remain until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 27 May (Memorial Day).

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/286-7296) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/286-7296) or email the office (info@fortsnellingmcf.org) and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Saturday 25 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sunday, 26 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one's cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
April 12, 2013
Hello,
We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Tumilson Family know that we recently sent Care Packages to American troops in the war zones. Each box carried a dedication sheet that includes the name, service information and a photo of your loved one. We recognize that this is a humble tribute, but we wanted you to know that it is heartfelt and made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals in the youth hockey community and beyond. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you strong.
Sincerely,
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
Charlie Gili
November 2, 2012
What a life well lived. Long live the brotherhood
Rip Riley
October 23, 2012
i AM HUMBLED AND EMBARRASED THAT YOU DID SO MUCH FOR ME AND i CAN DO NOTHING FOR YOU.
G-D KEEP YOU!
george avgeris
August 28, 2012
THANK YOU for your son's service. We are blessed for people like him. Praying for your strength and healing. My heart aches for you and my husband and I will continue t pray for you.
Cher Ryan
August 21, 2012
Jeannie Taylor
August 20, 2012
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Jeannie Taylor
August 20, 2012
We Love you and thank you and your family so much for your sacrifice you will never be forgotton
Maria Hinojosa
August 7, 2012
August 6, 2012
To the family and friends of Special Warfare Operator PO 1st Class (SEAL) Jon T. Tumilson:
Remembering Jon on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
August 7, 2012
Gone But Never Forgotten
Sandra Schock
August 6, 2012
On this day of the 1 Year anniverary , I wanted to remind your family that Jon's sacrifice Has not & Will not be forgotten by my family & I . This Country seems to forget how Lucky we are to have the caliber of people that it takes to do what these men & women do & the families that raise them . God Bless our troops & there familes .
Curtis Glass
July 2, 2012
Together...We Will Not Forget...My name is Debbie Elam and I am the Chairman of the Virginia Memorial Quilt Project. Our group is making and presenting a numbered memorial quilt to the immediate family of each soldier killed in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terror with ties to the Commonwealth of Virginia. We have a website at www.vmqp.com if you get a chance to see the quilts. We have sent 207 quilts as of this date. Please contact me via email or phone at 804-598-0465 and I will get the information from you so we can send you a Memorial Quilt in honor of your soldier. Thank you.
Debbie Elam, Chairman
Virginia Memorial Quilt Project
P. O. Box 534
Powhatan, VA 23139
Debbie Elam
May 1, 2012
Thank you Jon you are a true hero and bless your puppy hawkeye!!
Jeannie Taylor
April 30, 2012
To the family of PO 1st Class Jon T. Tumilson:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Christian Memorial Day Remembrance worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday 27 May 2012. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the bordering states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 300 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars of our nation's history and give honor to all who have served the United States and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of America's conflicts.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “Lest We Forget Freedom's Cost.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of the Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the Memorial Garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/456-4410) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/456-4410) or email (info@fortsnellingmcf.org) the office, and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Saturday 26 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sunday 27 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one's cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
October 22, 2011
My humble song for Jon and his fellow "Brave Warriors" lost in

I wrote this song "Hero's Hearts" to honor Jon and our other 29 Brave Warriors" who recently gave their lives defending our precious freedoms. Please pass my humble song on to all the families of our other 29 "Fallen Heroes" (SEALS, Special Forces, Army & Air Force) who died that day so that we can continue to enjoy the freedoms so many people take for granted in our great land of America!!!

Here is the youtube version of Hero's Hearts.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yM6K_SXHsPc

Hero's Hearts
© BMI 2011 Kevin Nevel
kevinnevel4@gmail.com
kevin.d.nevel@afghan.swa.army.mil
V1
Flying to save fellow Warriors as the enemy lay waiting,
High in the far off Afghan mountains half a world away
Our brave Warrior's helicopter was tragically shot down,
We lost 30 of America's finest heroes that sad day
Chorus:
Hero's hearts our brave Warriors through and through,
Lying down their lives for freedoms shared by me and you
Gently kiss your children as you tuck them into bed at night,
And know they're safe as hero's hearts watch over them tonight
V2
Devastating loss of our brave men struck down in their prime,
Deep in our hearts their loving memories still live on
Eternally grateful to God's Warriors never forgotten
Repeat chorus:
Hero's hearts our brave Warriors through and through,
Lying down their lives for freedoms shared by me and you
Gently kiss your children as you tuck them into bed at night,
And know they're safe as hero's hearts watch over them tonight
Bridge:
Hero's hearts our guardian angels Sons, Husbands,
Fathers, Brothers, best friends proud and true
Hero's hearts we will forever remember their great,
Sacrifice defending our freedoms lying down their lives for me and you
Repeat Chorus:
Hero's hearts our brave Warriors through and through,
Lying down their lives for freedoms shared by me and you
Gently kiss your children as you tuck them into bed at night,
And know they're safe as hero's hearts watch over them tonight
Tag:
Hero's hearts defending our peace
Hero's hearts bravely beating strong
Hero's hearts we are truly blessed
Hero's hearts singing freedom's song
Hero's hearts Hero's hearts Hero's hearts Hero's hearts

Jon and Our other "Brave Warriors" will never be forgotten!

-Kevin
Kevin Nevel
October 6, 2011
Rest in Peace Warrior, your sacrifice will not be forgotten. A grateful America thanks you for your service and welcomes you home to your final place of rest as you have given all that one can give. And may the Lord wrap his arms around the family and help them find a measure of peace. With the utmost respect, TSAF ......
Lance O. Adams
September 14, 2011
One of America's best such a tradegy and he loved his best furry friend.
Maria Hinojosa
September 3, 2011
Thank You JON you are a HERO!!! Bless your pup HAWKEYE, that is real love.
many fallen tears
September 2, 2011
There is no genuine comfort in such a loss. I lost my best friend in Iraq in 1991. Like my friend, Mr. Tumilson was doing what he trained long and hard for. He will be missed by even those of us who did not know him. We all lost a friend! Knowing Jon is no longer here to make the world, wherever he was - a better place, I salute a hero. The only comfort I take he is still with many of his friends, like my friend. Jim L. (Midland, TX.)
James Livingston
September 1, 2011
What a hero your son/brother is to so many. I'm honored that he was insuring my freedom as well all of the nation. I lost my son in February of this year and I know how heartbreaking your loss is. I know you are so proud of Jon and that you will have many fond memories and stories to share for generations to come. Again, my thoughts and sympathy are with you all.
Darla French
August 31, 2011
KNOW THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE LOVED AND REMEMBERED FOREVER.
WILMA VILLA
August 29, 2011
Glory be to God. Rest in everlasting peace.
Delphine Freeman
August 29, 2011
Handsome man, prayers to his Mom and Dad and the whole family, freinds too. Hawkeye heart is broken and hope the family gets some peace for their heart. You will be with your son again.
Sandy T
August 29, 2011
To Tumilson Family, My wife and I are so moved by the attention paid Jon's casket by his dog.
This was so heart warming. We are so very sorry of his loss. We pray that God will hold your hands and comfort your hearts. May God bless Jon, his family, and his dog,Hawkeye. God be with all of you,
William(April) McBride
Anderson,SC
August 28, 2011
Dear Tumilson family,
Oour family grieves the loss of Jon. A true hero. He will not be forgotten. We are humbled by his service and sacrifice. May the love of family and friends carry you through your grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
K. Collins family of Colo. Sgs., CO
August 27, 2011
Please put his dog at the front so that he can stay with his master to the end. It would be very fitting for the dog and all concerned. I would want this for my dog. God bless this pair as there is no other love than a man and his dog. I am 75, old Army and I still remember Lasie and where the Red Fern grows. We need our Troopers home. God Bless all the fine people on this page. EL Darling Ironton Ohio
Everett Darling
August 26, 2011
Cousin Jon we never met but knowing the stock you came from I am proud to be related to you. my prayers to your parents and the rest of our family. Love Michael Fowler Jermain
Michael Fowler Jermain
August 26, 2011
My heart goes out to each of you. What a wonderful son, brother and person he must have been. May you know that that video and picture of him and Hawkeye has done to so many people,and their emotions over this world. May you have confort in knowing that Jon has gone on knowing that he served our country with the courage and strength that he fought for. May God Bless you and Hawkeye
A fellow Iowan
August 26, 2011
The tears just fall from the sadness of this tragedy and his beloved Hawkeye will miss him terribly, please give him all the love you can because he will grieve for the one he loved so dearly. My prayers and support to all of you.
Jen Padgett
August 26, 2011
Thank you for your sacrifice. I lost a fellow soldier in March and there is not a day that I dont think about him. Can you say hello to him in heaven for me, just look around for a guy they call Herk. Your gone but will never been forgotten.
ROSETTA MURPHY
August 26, 2011
Please accept our sincere and deepest sympathy in your loss. Although we didn't know him, we admire and respect his devotion to our country. We can only imagine how lost and lonely Hawkeye must feel without his beloved master. Jon will watch over him.

To Live in Hearts We Leave Behind is Not to Die.
The Shepherd Family
August 26, 2011
WORED CAN NOT EXPRESS THE SORROW. THIS VIDEO REALLY SENDS A MESSAGE TO ALL ABOUT THE WONERFUL SON BROTHER UNCLE AND FRIEND ALONG WITH HERO THAT HE WAS. HE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED. MY TRUEST SORROW AND PRAYERS TO MR. AND MRS. TUMILSON, AND FAMILY. HEAVEN HAS A NEW ANGEL THAT WILL ALWAYS WATCH OVER YOU FOR EVER. THANK YOU. MAUREEN
August 26, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with the Tumilson family. I had the honor of Serving with Jon on the USS Port Royal. His sacrifice will always be remembered by me and my family.
David Young
August 26, 2011
We knew your son in Hawaii. He was a good guy. We will save one backward glance for him.
Greg
Greg
August 26, 2011
As I extend my deepest sympathy too you and "Hawkeye". I would add; As a veteran I am proud that there are still you men who meet the wolf at the door without delay and great courage, such as Jon. I watched his home-going with tears in my eyes.......I shalt miss him and give prayers for him and you All!
Everette Tittle
August 25, 2011
My deepest sympathy to your entire family and Hawkeye. A mere thank you is insufficient for the service and sacrifice that Officer Tumilson has given to our country.
Leo S
August 25, 2011
God bless you during this time and always, I loss a son in 1998 and never a day goes by that you will remember him always. My huaband is retired AF of 30 years served. Is the dog a military one? I hope they retire him and you get to keep him. we had our sons dog fo r 19 years and had to put him down in Dec.2010. Connie Howard San Antonio Tx 78251.
connie howard
August 25, 2011
It was with deep sadness I heard and read about Jon's untimely death while serving his country. Kudos to the Tumilsons for raising such a wonderful, all-American young man. Upon meeting Jon over 15 years ago, after asking me "do you work out" he told me he wanted to (or was going to) be a SEAL. Thanks, Jon, for giving the ultimate sacrifice for our country. I hope you have your Budweiser suspenders on...
Rich Olsen
August 25, 2011
I never knew your son, however, know he made a difference in this world and that fact will never be forgotten. As a Seal he was the best of the best. Your family will be in my prayers.
Mike Walton
August 25, 2011
Thank you Jon for giving your life for all of us. May Angels guide you and your brother Seals to the ultimate peace...a place of only pure love and happiness. May your family & friends feel your love to heal their hearts. And may Hawkeye's heart heal also. I know you all will be our Angels now taking care of us.
Debbie Podwika
August 25, 2011
so sorry for the loss of this American hero , may God embrace him with open arms . God bless his family , friends and his beloved dog hawkeye
tabitha burton
August 25, 2011
thank you jon, you are a true hero and i thank you for your sacrifice, may god welcome you with open arms
wolf borriello
August 25, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to Jon's wonderful family and his beloved dog Hawkeye. Our prayers are with you. Jon was a great American hero and he will be truly missed. Please tell Jon's precious dog Hawkeye that his master Jon will always love him. God Bless Jon. Rest in peace. Hawkeye loves you and so do we.
Don & Alfreda Avelis
August 25, 2011
To the entire Tumilson Family...my heart weeps for your loss of beloved Jon.Didn't know him or none of you; just want you to know that you've been in my thoughts and prayers. May God guide you throughout all the days to come.
Linda
August 25, 2011
To the family of Jon: How truly blessed you have been to have known this beautiful soul. To his parents: Thank you for bringing him into this world & sharing him with us. To Hawkeye: Thank you for your loyalty & devotion to Jon. To Jon's cousin, Lisa: Thank you for sharing with the world that image of a hero and his best friend; love never dies. To all Americans: He was one of us, fighting for all of us. Pray for him. May God bless everyone. With love & admiration, a fellow American
Debbie Tise
August 25, 2011
What an amazing son, brother, and dad to Hawkeye. I grew up in Iowa and when I read about Jon it made me even more proud to call myself an Iowan. Bless you for raising a true American Hero. Today we are all your family and you are ours. I plan to make a donation in Jon's name as soon as possible. May God Bless and keep you all. My love to Hawkeye.
Dee Adams
August 25, 2011
It doesn't matter how old they are, they are still our baby boy. Please know that we all hurt for you. Jon sounds like he was a wonderful man.
Thank you for sharing your brave son with us all.
RIP Officer Tumilson
Cheryl
August 25, 2011
Although I did not know him. God speed. RIP. Jon T. Tumilson
Oh, that beautiful "loyal son" of yours. Peace be with those who are left behind. I already cried. He is with all his comrades now.
colleen stevens
August 25, 2011
My heart goes out to the family for their loss. I saw the clips and videos of the funeral and Hawkeye. It was a touching but sad story and brought tears to my eyes. I thank Jon for his service to this country to protect it and the people of American; sadly it cost him his life. My deepest sympathy to Jon's family, and to Hawkeye, I am sorry you lost your best friend.
Brenda Kelley
August 25, 2011
My condolences and deepest sympathy to the Tumilson Ohana and his "son" Hawkeye.
Kristi Hiapo
August 25, 2011
I never met Jon or Hawkeye, but my heart weeps for them and for their family and friends. Nothing heals the pain of the loss of a child and Hawkeye's trusted friend, but an entire nation is proud of Jon's courage, dedication and honor and shares in Hawkeye's loss. God bless you all.
Susan Dill
August 25, 2011
Heartfelt blessings as you mourn the loss of your son, brother, uncle, and master Jon. His legacy is of service and loyalty to family, friends and country. I'm sincerely touched by what has been written about Jon and the video of his beloved friend, Hawkeye. Precious. You are all in my prayers. -- Sabrina Fairchild (Grand Rapids, MI)
Sabrina Fairchild
August 25, 2011
With deepest sympathy to the Jon T. Tumilson family and all members of the United States S.E.A.L.s. A grateful Nation is sharing your sorrow. May Jon rest in eternal peace. Forever honored and never gotten. A little note to 'Hawkeye', I'm so sorry sweet dog that your brave master is gone.
Donna Mathers
August 25, 2011
Even though I do not know you I wanted to tell you that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Jon is a true Hero. I have a son that has been in the military for 12 yrs now and 2 yrs ago he was at Bagram. When I heard on the news about this tragic event and then they mentioned his dog it broke my heart even more. Thank you Jon for protecting our Country and God Bless you!
Joan Clair
August 24, 2011
I was privileged to meet your son only briefly about 15 years ago. He was stationed in HI at the time. I remember he was such a kind, noble, tender young man. Very respectful and kind hearted. You raised a wonderful son. I was blessed to meet him. May the Lord comfort you intimately as you grieve. Heaven is rejoicing at his return and sends love from on high to rescue you from despair.
With deep sympathy and prayers,
Cristy Jenkins
Cristy Jenkins
August 24, 2011
My heart and prayers go out to Jon's family, loved ones and his faithful companion Hawkeye.
Terry Flood
August 23, 2011
I didn't know Jon but wanted to thank his family for raising such a dynamic and brave young soldier who gave his all for his country. Special belly rubs to Hawkeye from my four chihuahuas.
Terri Curtis, Austin, TX
Soldier's Angels
August 23, 2011
I do not know your family, but want you to know my heart goes out to you all and you are in my prayers.
Alison M.
August 22, 2011
Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers (ps4fs@charter.net) is an organization with groups throughout the country who strive to send handmade prayer shawls and/ or lap robes to families who have lost a loved one in service to our country. Members of Trindle Spring Lutheran Church in Mechanicsburg, PA would like to honor your son’s sacrifice and memory by sending our prayers and comfort through a shawl which we will mail to you. If you are interested, please contact me at gramman@comcast.net with the names and addresses and what they would like to receive. We will send them as soon as possible. Also, if you know of any other families who are grieving the loss of a loved one who died serving our country, please pass along my e-mail address, as our organization can no longer get family contacts through the military. May God bless you and comfort you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Lynne
Lynne Neibert
August 22, 2011
we did not know jon but we are sending our condolences to his family. also to thank him for his service to our country and to us. our son went to school with kristie and we knew the family so we know what jon was all about. he served us well by being such a good friend to everyone.peace be with you jon and to his family.
ken and sam EVENSON
August 21, 2011
I had the great privilege of serving aboard the USS Port Royal with Jon. After not seeing JT in almost 13 years since I left the ship when I heard about his there was not a question in my mind I would be there for the services. I feel honored and privileged to not only serve with Jon but also to say goodbye to a shipmate and friend. There was over 10 of us from the Port Royal, that is a testament to what kind of Son you have raised that people who served with him over a decade ago would travel to see him. JT is a hero, always has been and always will be.

-Michael J. Paulus, Sr.
former YN3, USN
Michael Paulus
August 20, 2011
I did not know Jon, but I would like to say to him and his family thank you for your service. Jon you gave the ultimate sacrifice. No greater love than the love of a man who will lay down his life for his brothers.

Thank You Jon
SSG Terry A Chamberlain
United States Army
August 19, 2011
To The Family of Petty Officer Jon T. Tumilson. Jon is a true hero to all of us and he gave the ultimate sacrifice. He will be remembered by many. We will never forget what Jon gave for all of us. May God be with you always. Sharon Howard (Juniper Hills, Ca.)
August 19, 2011
My thoughts and many prayers to your family. I got to know Jon in our early teen years when I'd visit Rockford in the summers. I'd see him different times throughtout the year and we'd always have something to talk about. Jon is a true hero. May you find comfort in God's peace.
Brandy (Schott) Anderson
August 19, 2011
I would like to offer my sincerest sympathies to you at this difficult time. I hope all your wonderful memories of Jon will bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart. As an Army mom, I will never forget what Jon did for his family, his home town, and his country. God bless you.
Kim Mehmen DeBolt
August 19, 2011
To the family of Special Warfare Operator PO 1st Class (SEAL) Jon T. Tumilson:
Jon gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
August 18, 2011
I did not know Jon , but wish I had had the chance to meet him . How Proud all of his family and friends must be . But sad at the same time , please except our heart felt condolences . Thank You for your Service to our Nation , You are Truely a Great American Hero ! Bless You & God Be with You Sir : I also Salute you !
Jay & Bobbi Sheahan
August 18, 2011
Thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the future. So proud of the man Jon became and the family that helped to mold him into that man. What an amazing family you all are! May you all find peace!
Sandy (Staudt) Pieper
August 18, 2011
My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. All of us Americans thank Jon and the many others that sacrified their lives so that we could continue to live with freedom. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Michelle Phillips
August 18, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. No words can express how we feel we hope that you can find comfort in knowing that so many care.
Jerry and Cathee (Paulus) Anderson
August 18, 2011
Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. May Jon rest in peace and may God bless him.
Dina
August 17, 2011
To the Tumilson Family, please know my thoughts and prayers are with you. Thank you for the sacrifices you and Jon made for our freedoms! I was three years behind Jon in school and have three sons that are walking in the footprints of TRUE HERO at RRMR who will know your sons name and that because of him they have freedoms and rights that so many others are denied. If ever one my sons tells me its impossible to fullfill their dreams I will remind them of Jons determination and what he achieved!!
Andrea Wells
August 17, 2011
George, Kathy, Kristie and Joy
Our most sincere and heartfelt sympathy goes out to you at this very difficult time. Jon was a hero in life and in death, not only for what he was, but for who he was. He was an inspiration to so many, young and old, and proved that any dream can be reached with enough determination and drive. You can be so proud of your son for what he accomplished in his short lifetime. It was a great honor to have known Jon and know that he will live on in our hearts and minds forever.
Bud & Cindi Turner
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