Bruce L. Freeman

January 08, 1944 ‒ October 23, 2015

Galion, Ohio

Bruce L. Freeman, 71, of Galion passed away Friday, October 23, 2015 at Galion Hospital unexpectedly after a brief illness.

Born January 8, 1944 in Galion, he was the son of Henry “Ted” and Violet (Frye) Freeeman. He enjoyed 39 years of marriage with wife Jill (Ball) Freeman whom he married on June 3, 1976.

He attended Galion High School and worked at the former American Lumber Company in Iberia for almost 30 years later working as a greeter at Walmart. Bruce was a former member of Christ Church now known as Open Arms Christian Church in Galion. He loved animals and liked to watch the Cleveland Indians and Ohio State Buckeyes, enjoyed his Lionel trains, mushroom and arrowhead hunting and tractor pulls. Bruce loved Christmas and was known as Santa Claus to many, especially his grandchildren whom he dearly loved.

In addition to his wife he is survived by daughters Jerilyn Hanlon of Galion and Tammy (Ralph) Mogan of Marion; grandchildren Ashley McMillen, Kiara Freeman and Brayden Mogan; great-grandchildren Mackinsey McMillen and one expected and many nieces and nephews whom he loved.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers Henry Theodore Freeman, Laurence Joseph Freeman and Jon Wayne Freeman and two nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, October 26, 2015 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 and one hour prior to services which will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 27 at the Richardson Davis Chapel with Pastor Loyd Caudill officiating. Burial will follow at Olentangy Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Galion KiwanisToys for Tots Foundation or Make A Wish Foundation in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Bruce Freeman, and condolences may be made to them at

  • Jill and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at Bruce’s passing. Love and hugs to you all. We are here for anything you need.
    Pammy Sue
    Bette Jo

  • Jill, Tammy and Geri, so sorry to hear about Bruce. He lead a great life! He will be missed terrible. Thinking of all of your family.
    Beth & Larry and family

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. He was the best Santa.

  • Was so sorry to hear of Bruce’s death my thought are with your family. Especially you Jill and Tammy

  • Oh Jill! I am so saddened to hear of Bruce’s pass g. He was such a great guy and brought smiles and happiness to those who met him. Prayers for comfort for you and your family.

  • Jill…I am so sorry for your loss!!! If you need anything at all, I’m just right down the road! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Jill and family So sorry to hear about Bruce. He always had a smile on his face and was the best Santa.
    He will b missed. My thoughts are with you during this time.

  • Jill, we are so sorry to hear about this. May the love and comfort of the Lord, your family and your friends lift you up in the coming days. Prayers,
    Liz and Andy Daniels

  • So sorry to hear of your husband passing, Prayers for you and your family. God be with you Jill and all your family members.

  • Tammy and Jill I was so sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing! My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of need!!!

  • Jill and family,

    We’re so sad to hear this. Bruce was such a blessing! He’ll be greatly missed. We’re praying for you.

  • Jill I’m so sorry for your loss sending prayers to you and your family. Santa is sure gonna be missed

  • Jill,Tammy, and Jeri. I am so sorry for your loss.. My thoughts and prayers are with you all… May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you in this time of need.