Donald L. Reffel
September 15, 1931 ‒ November 03, 2017
MANSFIELD: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” 2 Timothy 4:7
Donald Loyd “Don” Reffel, age 86, went home to be with the Lord Friday morning, November 3, 2017 surrounded by his family.
Don was born September 15, 1931 in Fort Collins, Colorado to parents Henry & Martha (Lehr) Reffel. On May 25, 1974, he married Dyian Marie Moore. They have been active members at Mansfield First Assembly of God Church.
Don was a man who loved his family more than anything, especially his grandchildren. Even in his last days, you could see a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes when his grandchildren came to visit. He accomplished so much in his lifetime, from racing sprint cars in his younger years, obtaining his pilot’s license, and was part owner of Pace Manufacturing, just to name a few. He spent most of his career as a sales engineer and later retired from the steel mill as a security guard. Don worked at the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and retired as Captain of the Special Deputy Unit with over 30 years of service. In Don’s spare time, he could always be found “tinkering” on something in his rather extensive workroom. He was without a doubt a meticulous handyman who could tackle any obstacle that stood in his path. From broken appliances to leaky plumbing; he knew how to fix it all. His true passion was working on cars. He was particularly fond of Fords, including his own 1965 Mustang and 1929 Model A. Don was an avid sportsman among all other things, particularly enjoying fishing with his friends and family. If you saw Don out-and-about, you were probably at one of his two favorite places; a car show or a flea market.
He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years Dyian Marie (Moore) Reffel; children Shawnee Reffel, Al (Shelly) Reffel, Kathy (Matt) Dille, and Michele (J.R.) Hock; grandchildren Jennifer (Philip) Howe, Matthew (Sarah) Reffel, Breanna (Brett) Collins, Kyler Dille, Cole Dille, Madelyn Hock, Maggie Hock, and Meghan Dille; great-grandchildren Maverick Howe and Soren Howe; siblings Dorothy (William) Eccles and Sandy Reffel; his fishing buddy and neighbor George Jeftinich, as well as numerous nieces nephews and extended family.
In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his brother, Leroy Reffel.
The Reffel family will receive friends Friday, November 10, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service honoring Don’s life will be held Saturday, November 11, 2017 in Mansfield First Assembly of God Church (1000 McPherson St, Mansfield, OH 44903) beginning at 11 a.m., Rev. William Eccles (brother-in-law) and Rev. Doug Eccles (nephew) will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.
Contributions in Don’s memory made be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Don’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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