Fred Wayne Custer

March 18, 1933 ‒ October 30, 2020

Perrysville, Ohio

Fred Wayne Custer passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, October 30, 2020, in his home surrounded by his family. He was 87.

He was born March 18, 1933, in Cleveland, Ohio to parents Fred A. & Ruth (Verscherene) Custer. Fred proudly served his country by joining the US Army on April 28, 1953, during the Korean War. He was apart of the 550th Medical Company and was honorably discharged on April 8th, 1955.

Fred later met his sweetheart Donna Tackett and the pair married on February 23, 1957, spending 63 wonderful years together.

Fred worked as a foreman for Garfield Heights Service Department in Cleveland, where he worked for over 31 years until retiring in 1987. An outdoorsman, he took pleasure in fishing, camping, and woodworking throughout the years. He was also a lifetime member and served many years as Commodore of the Pleasant Hill Boat Club.

He is survived by his loving wife Donna Custer; children Deborah (Steven) Kankiewicz and Michael W. (Susan) Custer; grandchildren Daniel, Mindy, Paul, Joel, Patrick, and Philip; many great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Fred was preceded in death by sister Katherine.

The Custer family will receive friends Tuesday, November 3, 2020, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Snyder Funeral Home- Lindsey Chapel, Loudonville. A graveside service will be held in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at 9:30 a.m.

In Lieu of flowers, contributions in Fred’s memory to Ohio Health Hospice may be made at the funeral home or mailed to 3430 OhioHealth Parkway Columbus, OH 43202.

Snyder Funeral Home-Lindsey Chapel is honored to serve Fred’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

  • Donna I’m so sorry about your loss. May the memories help you through the difficult days. Ron always enjoyed talking to Fred at the boat club.

  • Donna, I am so sorry that Fred has passed. I am sure he is happy seeing all his friends again from the Briarcliff gang. Remember all the fun times we had camping. those wonderful fish dinners and the vacations we took together. These are memories that we can talk about for years to come. I am here for you, Love Jean

  • Our deepest sympathies and prayers to the entire Custer family. I have many great memories from childhood and beyond living next to doo to Mr. Custer. May he rest in peace.

    Love, John & Lisa Klein

  • Rest in Peace Grandpa Custer. You were a very kind and strong man who lived a wonderful life! We are so happy and grateful that Joshua got to know his Great Grandpa. Your memory will never be forgotten.
    Love Always,
    Patrick, Ashley and Joshua

  • Aunt Donna, we are thinking of you. I am thinking back on all the great family times we had together with you and Uncle Fred- growing up with Debbie and Mike, Thanksgivings, birthdays, and the Wayne County Fair. They are some of my best memories.
    Craig and Sue Nedrow