Anton “Tony” Lieb

September 10, 1935 ‒ January 05, 2016

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Tony Lieb was born & raised in Europe before coming to the US. His patriotism for America ran deep and after he served in the US Army, he could proudly declare that he was an “American Fighting Man!”

Anton “Tony” Lieb went to be with the Lord Tuesday morning, January 5, 2016 from Crestwood Care Center in Shelby, surrounded by his family. He was 80.

He was born September 10, 1935 in Yugoslavia to parents Philipp & Suzanna (Bender) Lieb. Although WWII was over, Tony was forced to spend a part of his childhood with his family in a hidden concentration camp. It was there he learned to “Never give up!” a mantra he repeated to his friends and family all his life.

In 1958 Tony was living in Germany, but traveled to America to visit a friend and met a beautiful young lady named Freda Hinton who caught his eye… and he decided to stay in America. The pair soon married on September 19, 1960. Not long after Tony and Freda wed, he was drafted to the US Army during the Cuban Missile Crisis and was stationed in Munich, Germany.

Tony worked as a cement mason for Mansfield Flooring and later Mansfield Cement Flooring from which he retired in 1998. He was a true family man and always referred to his kids and grandkids as his “treasures” and “sweethearts.” His friends and family will miss his hardworking spirit.

Tony attended and was very active at Berean Baptist Church in Mansfield. He could always be found helping out at the church: Men’s Class, Furniture Ministry, and Berean Gold Banquets to name only a few. Tony dearly loved his church family. He was also a longtime member of the Mansfield Liederkranz where he loved to dance.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years Freda Lieb of Mansfield; children (& spouses): Anton G. “Tony” & Victoria Lieb of Lakeville, Phillip J. & Sonya Lieb of Mansfield, Larry E. Lieb of Lexington, Barb DeLong-Lieb of Mansfield, and Kathy A. Lieb of Columbus; grandchildren (& spouses): Anya & Kevin Kinsey, Kelsa & Thomas Temple, Austin Lieb, Rosslyn & Sean Cross, Arden Lieb & Sonya Javens, Jessica Lieb, Brittany Lieb, Adam & Allison Lieb, Brendon Lieb, and Hannah Lieb; great grandchildren Elliotte, Xavier, Penelope, Josephine, Mason, plus one on the way; brother Johann Lieb in Germany, and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, Tony was preceded in death by half brother Philipp Lieb, and great aunt Kathy Bohland.

Tony’s family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.

The Lieb family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2016 in Snyder Funeral Home (2553 Lexington Ave) where a funeral service honoring Tony’s life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday. Pastor Jim Berry will officiate and military honors at the funeral home will be performed by the American Legion Post # 535 of Bellville.

Contributions in his memory to the Men’s Sunday School Class of Berean Baptist Church may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Tony’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

  • Tony was my other dad growing up. The widest smile in the world and strongest of hugs. I have nothing but love, and the dearest of memories of my many days spent with my best friend Kathy Lieb in my “other home”. He is a fine example of a hard working dedicated man. I am blessed to have been able to know him. A proud American who served our country with honor. My prayers are with you all. My other family…..I love you all. May Jesus comfort you all during this difficult time.

  • Our deepest sympathy and love to your precious family. You will be in our hearts and prayers. Praying the precious Holy Spirit will comfort you and help you through this time.

  • Freda, Tony, Phil, Larry & Kathy—
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Tony. He was a good man and I always enjoyed talking with him. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Brittany,
    So sorry to hear of your grandfather’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May your memories of him always keep him close in your heart. May the Lord grant you peace and comfort at this difficult time.

  • I will never forget the birthdays, holidays, and the trip Tony, Freda, I made to Florida together.

    .Tony was always an honorable man who deeply loved his family. God received a special soul into his Kingdom and someday we will all meet again. We will feel Tony’s absence until the day he welcomes us into Heaven.

    To Freda, the children, grandchildren, and family members. May God’s arms comfort you and lessen the pain you will feel in the coming days. God bless you all.

  • Freda, Tony, Phil, Larry & Kathy—
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Tony. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • So sorry for your loss Tony always had a big smile for everyone that was contagious he always made you smile .Tony will be sadly missed by family and friends .He will now be your garden angel watching over you .May God give you peace and comfort in the sad day’s ahead . Until we all meet him in heaven again .

  • Adam,

    Your grandpa sounds like an amazing man. I’m sorry I missed out on meeting him. But what great things he accomplished while here. I know he will watch over you, Allison, and your family as you continue to grow. I hope his lessons never leave you. What a great mantra “never give up!” Truly, that is the best way to be.


  • I’m so sorry for your loss Kathy and family. I truly enjoyed hearing stories of your father’s early years. He lived an extraordinary life. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

  • I’m so sorry about your loss my thoughts and prayers go with you and your family at this time

  • Our special Lieb family we have known and loved so many years , our prayers are with you as you go thru this time. The memories of days when our children were in school together are so special. Kathy and Dawn were always together, either spending the night at our home or Dawn at kathys. School bus driver just knew that and was ready. Freda and i talked much and she wrote poems to read to me. I told her she should have them in a book and yrs later she did. May the Holy Spirit bring comfort as you say good by to tony for now, he is with JESUS feeling brand new waiting for all of you PTL

  • So sad to hear of your very loved grandpa and fathers passing. He is waiting with the Father, Jesus and the angels till you see him again. Till then may the holy spirit comfort you all.

  • May the good Lord bless and keep you. Love and prayers to the Lieb family at this trying time. What a wonderful legacy Tony left.

  • I didn’t know Tony well, but he and Freda were always welcoming and kind, when we crossed paths in my visits back to Mansfield. My condolences to all of the Lieb family, who lost a wonderful husband, dad, grandpa and great grandpa. Now, Tony can get back to work in a better place.

  • Fred, Tony, Phil, Larry and Kathy. From afar like brother John, Frank, children and I extend our condolences. It hurts to say goodbye to such a lovely people need to take. We are having thoughts of family.

  • I am so sorry for your loss.Its so hard to say goodbye to a loved one.Tony will be missed at Crestwood Care Center.Though he is absent from here,he is in the presence of God.

  • Dear Freda and family,
    Mark and I were very sorry to hear of Tony’s death. What an interesting life story he has, truly overcoming horrible obstacles, and never giving up! May you feel the presence of the Lord as you think of Tony in the days ahead.

  • Tony was one of the good guys and I always enjoyed working with him. My wife still talks about the Newlyweds who always got the answers to Kim’s questions. You are in our prayers.