Donald L. Reffel

September 15, 1931 ‒ November 03, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

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.

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  • Dyian and Family, From our family to yours you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May the Lord comfort you all knowing Don is at peace and may He bless you with heart warming memories of of this man you all loved. May He also keep you strong during those difficult moments and allow you to feel his love and grace to you all.

  • Dear Reffel Family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather! We have many fond memories of your family! May your family continue to hold the memories close to your heart! We will be out of town, but all of you will be in our thoughts and prayers! God Bless You!
    Stephanie Jedra and Family!

  • Sorry to hear the passing of Don. Our family were neighbors back in the 90 s and Byron and Bronson went to school with the girls. Time surely flies by I usually look up the news in Mansfield when we travel and now wintering in Florida where Byron lives. It was great to know Don over those years and my prayers are with his family. Dave Geib family. Killbuck Ohio Bradenton FL

  • Dear Dyian and Family,

    Our thoughts and our prayers are with you all. As neighbors and friends for over 45 years, we’ve shared so many of life’s experiences. May Don now rest in peace and may God grant you comfort.

  • I am so sorry for your lost. I will always remember him. I am sorry I am unable to attend calling hours or the funeral. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Shawnee, Gordon and I are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He remembers playing softball with him years ago for Open Bible Church. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of loss. Love, Gordon and Jeanne Harmon.

  • Shawnee, sorry to hear of the passing of your dad.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Dearest Dyian and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. It was wonderful to have you as my neighbor for the past 29 years. I cherished you all and you have been a blessing to me. You are all in my heart, thoughts and prayers and I will always remember Don for the wonderful man he was to all who knew him. God’s arms are wrapped tightly around you all and His strength and comfort will help you all to get through this difficult time. I am always here for you and my deepest condolences to you all.
    Nora Shrewsberry