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Navy SEAL remembered as family man

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ROCKFORD (KWWL) -

"I'm so proud of you not only what you did to protect and defend our country, but for the brother, uncle, and man you have become," said Jon's sister.

Petty Officer Jon Thomas Tumilson or as his family and friends called him J.T. will forever be known as an American hero.

"It was a tribute to him that so many people came that didn't know him, but know what he stood for and worked for," said Rep. Sharon Steckman, (D) Mason City.

The Navy SEAL was on the front line when it came to protecting our country, but it was his family man attitude that made him stand out to everyone.

"One of the things I love most about you is your big heart and the love you had for our family," said Tumilson's sister.

When Tumilson was about 15 or 16 years old, he wrote an English paper about becoming a Navy SEAL. 20 years later he died doing what he dreamed of doing.

"If only I would have known I would have stared at your eyes, touched your face, and hugged you longer."

The SEALs that worked closely to Tumilson would say he wasn't afraid of dying. He wanted to make his family proud.

"I love you Jon and will miss you immensely. Until we meet again with all my love...."

There were over 1,500 family and friends who packed the gym in Rockford. Governor Branstad and Senator Grassley were also there to pay their respects.

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