Frederick Lind Pfau

January 08, 1934 ‒ August 18, 2020

Westerville, Ohio
Formerly of Mansfield, Ohio

Frederick (Fred) Lind Pfau, 86, passed away peacefully August 18, 2020 to be in the comfort of His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Fred was married to Mona Lee (George) Pfau for 51 years before her death on January 23, 2008.

Fred, was born January 8, 1934 in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of Dorothy and Otto Lower Pfau.  His sister, Miriam (Pfau) Shepperly, predeceased him on February 18, 2020.  He graduated from Boardman High School and then received a degree in Physics from Kenyon College.  Fred also served as a 1st Lieutenant in the Air Force where he was an air traffic controller.  He retired from IBM after nearly 30 years in the Ohio and Pennsylvania markets.

Fred loved his family vacations from Pennsylvania to the National Parks out west and coaching Little League baseball.  In addition, Fred was an active member of Berean Baptist Church and attended many Bible Studies until he moved to Feridean Assisted Living, Westerville, Ohio.  He very much enjoyed the fellowship and friendships with his church family.

An avid aviator, Fred was a member of the Mansfield Aviation Club, where he also served as President of the organization, as well as an instructor.  He owned a twin-engine Comanche plane and loved flying around the country.

Fred’s orneriness and jovial behavior was a joy to all who knew him.  Many knew him as a practical joker.  A diehard Cleveland Indians and Browns fan, he still was hoping this would be the year for the Browns!

Fred (Popa) is survived by four children, Mark (Sara) Pfau, Jeff (Ann) Pfau, Brad (Kristi) Pfau and Kristin (Phil) Templeton; 15 grandchildren: Katie (Brian) Haber, Molly (Nick) Cornacchini, Amy (Jeb) Wierenga, Carrie Pfau, Jennifer (Danny) Messmer, Nicholas (Megan) Pfau, Hannah Pfau, Maria Pfau, Timothy Pfau, Matthew Pfau, Andrew Pfau, Samuel Pfau, Connor Templeton, Anna Templeton, and Michael Templeton; and 8 great grandchildren.

Services will be held at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Snyder Funeral Home, officiated by Pastor Bill Heaton. Processional for burial will follow to Mansfield Cemetery where he will be laid to rest beside his beloved Mona with military honors performed by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Berean Baptist Church, 2145 Middle Bellville Road, Mansfield, OH 44904.  Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting:

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  • I’m so sad to hear of Coach Pfua’s’ passing. My deepest condolences to Apothecary Shop teammates Jeff and Brad and the rest of the Pfaus.

    • Thanks David. Jeff and I fondly remember those days when Dad coached us and Jeff pitched with a broken leg. I am glad he had an impact on your life.

  • As a fellow IBM family who knew Fred well, our deepest sympathy to his family at this time. Fred was an amazing gentleman, handsome and a loyal friend to all who knew him. His humor and charming personality will surely be missed by all. We are sure he and Mona will enjoy being together again. Their love for each other was a testament to what a great marriage is all about. We shall all meet again and remember all the great moments shared.
    Bud and Bobbie

    • Hi Bud, we do remember my dad speaking about you. In fact, I believe my sister may have met your daughter in North Carolina by chance..,
      Thank you for sharing your memories of my dad. And, yes, I’m sure my mom and dad are enjoying a great reunion!!

  • My deepest condolences to his family, I know how he will be missed. I worked at IBM Mansfield from 1983-86, and Fred was a pleasure to work with. He was always there to give advice and to add a smile to the day. RIP, Fred, you won your race with grace and class.

  • My condolences to the entire Pfau family. Even though I knew Fred for such a short time I enjoyed spending everyday with him and we had special times together.
    Fred was quite the character but was loved by many at Feridean Assisted living. I feel blessed that I spent the day with Fred on what became his last day. He spent that day outside in the sunshine, went to lunch and went outside for a very few minutes to listen to a banjo player. In the afternoons Fred took power naps but always had a smile on his face. Please remember Fred as that ornery happy guy.


    • It was such a blessing to have you there looking out for his best interests—especially since we couldn’t with Covid. I am sure you made his last days much more pleasant and we appreciate you.

  • Fred was a role model. He was someone you tried to emulate. He took the time, in an easy way, to give advice to enable your success. His demeanor was steady as a rock. He once took me flying in his Comanche to a meeting in Detroit, and the conversation was incredible.

    I was lucky enough to be hired into IBM, spend my early years in Mansfield, and meet people like Fred.

    My very best wishes to the family.

    • Wow! It says a lot when you are willing to step into a plane with him! Thank you for taking the time to share such kind words.

  • I worked with Fred at Next Generation Films, where he was in the IT Department. He was always ornery and fun to be around. I am sad to hear of his passing. Praying for the entire family.

    • He loved teasing you—and his coworkers. I remember your name well. Thank you for reaching out.

  • Kristi and Brad,
    My sincere condolences on the death of Fred. I worked with him for many years at the telephone company. He was a very kind and caring man.Treasure your memories of all the good times you had with him.

    • Thanks so much Dottie. Dad spoke fondly of you and his days hanging out with the United tel folks. We are glad his tenderness was as special for you as it was for us.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Pfau were some of the nicest people I ever meet. They always welcomed me into their home, and raised an amazing family. Some of the best memories growing up were at their home.

  • We only knew Fred since late 2006. What an amazing man. He was a very faithful part of our Sunday school class (the Carpenters) at Berean Baptist Church, Mansfield, OH. We enjoined his insights in the Word and his humor…always walking in with a cup of coffee in each hand! He enjoyed attending the Berean Gold Banquets (for seniors), and frequently joined a group of us for lunch after church.
    He was so very proud of each of his children and bragged about them at every opportunity. He was so lost after his beloved Mona (whom we met just once) went home to the Lord, so he poured all his love on his dog, Molly, who went everywhere he went. (Good call by his children in getting him that puppy!)
    Not many knew that Fred was a wizard in Excel…I (Linda) called him frequently for a little help with a problem I couldn’t resolve.
    While we sorrow now for a little while, it is not without hope of seeing him again. We look forward to seeing him for eternity and getting to know his Mona a little better.
    Fred was a gentle, kind and loving man…he is truly missed by all who had the good fortune of knowing him.
    Prayers for the family.

    • Thank you Lee and Linda. He felt the Strong love and support from Berean and his friends and pastors there. We were so happy he had the encouragement in the Lord there. It was a big help after our mom passed.

  • Deepest Condolences dear family,
    Had some sweet memories with our friend Fred! He loved the Browns and Buckeyes!! I will always treasure the memories of Bob and Fred watching many of their games together!! Fred always had a twinkle in his eyes and was ornery as they come!! Between the two of them there was always laughter and fun conversation!! Fred always brought his sweet Lab (Megan) with him as they went everywhere together. I know these two friends along with Fred’s beloved Mona are once again enjoying each other’s company in the presence of their Savior whom they loved and served so well.
    Lifting you all in prayer as you are going through this difficult time.
    Sincerest sympathy,
    Diane Rickel

    • Hi Diane, my dad loved spending time with Bob. We got to know Bob well when he visited my dad in the hospital and would come over to our house just to spend time with my dad. We were all very sad to hear about Bob’s passing. He truly was a servant of Christ!! We pray your family is doing well. God bless.

  • My prayers go out to the Pfau family . I had the honor to break into Ibm working with Fred in the Mansfield office . Fred was gracious to allow me into his business circles and took the time to teach me the ropes . He taught me a ton of things that allowed me to enjoy a 39 year career with Ibm . I’ll never forget Fred’s jokes with Frank Scoles and the tricks they use to play on us young guys . I could write a book ! Oh that smile Fred displayed when the “big one “ was coming 😉. Loved the man and he’ll be missed . RIP my friend .

    • Hi Mark, thank you for your kind words. We would love to read that book about my dad’s and Frank’s tricks!!! Thank you for sharing, you made smile as I thought about the “up to no good” grin my dad used to have….take care.

  • I have many good memories of working with Fred at Next Generation Films. He made my adjustment to a new job there so much easier. Fred was a very kind and gentle man, but I can also confirm he was very ornery and always had a smile on his face and twinkle in his eye that made you think he was up to something – and usually was.
    I can’t think of Fred without also thinking of Mona. There was no doubt she was the love of his life; and together they shared their love of God, family, and friends.
    My sincere condolences to the family of Fred and Mona.

    • Hi Pat, thank you for sharing your memories of my dad. He was definitely ornery! And, we’ll never forgot that twinkle in his eyes. Take care.

  • Pfau Family,
    We are sorry we did not make it to the funeral service. Tobin, Dana, and Brett have many fond memories of their uncle. He was a very special individual and made every one feel welcomed. We viewed the service this evening and Midge was very happy that she got to see it.
    Caring thoughts are with your family.
    Love, Tobin and Jamie

    • Thank you for your kind words Jaime. Tell Aunt Midge we said hi and hope she is doing well. Hope to see you and the entire family soon!

  • Fred is the last of my mom’s generation and we remember him fondly…He always had a twinkle in his eye and a smile…He was ten years older than I and always remembered carrying me around as an infant and bumping my head on something….Did not hurt me and probably prepared him for raising his own children…
    He and Mona always brought the children to my parents’ for open house at Christmas and we watched them grow up.
    His kindness to his sister, Mimi, was a true example of his deep caring for others.
    He will be missed by many, but his presence made our lives better.
    Susie Biehl Moellering

  • Hi Susan, thank you for your kind words. I remember travelling to see everyone over the holidays and playing with Kurt. Hopefully we can touch base in STL soon.

  • We just learned of your loss – we are so very sorry. I know I always enjoyed seeing him – no matter what the situation, he was smiling!! And offering a snack! May eternal rest grant unto him, Oh Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. We know he is at peace in the arms of our Lord. God bless all of you.