Frederick Samuel Austin

May 04, 1928 ‒ October 01, 2009

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD~ Frederick Samuel Austin, 81, of Mansfield, Ohio, died Thursday morning October 1, 2009 in his home surrounded by his loving family.

Fred was born May 4, 1928 in Mansfield where he lived his entire life, the first child of three to Samuel Vincent and Josephine (Majoy) Austin and was graduated from St. Peter’s High School.

Fred enjoyed a career in sales for many years. His job took him in and out of most eating establishments in Mansfield where everyone knew him as “Freddie the Freeloader”.

Having a knack for timing, Fred could be found on the golf course during events such as the birth of his daughter. He also discovered that the company car was an ideal vehicle for providing grandchildren with driving lessons: for instance, how to “bump” poles in parking lots.

Blessed with a quick wit, Fred’s nickname aptly described his sense of humor and infectious laugh. This was evident when he convinced his son-in-law that a motorcycle is best revved up in the family room! Fred also loved to persuade the children in the family that he owned a refrigerated glove box in his car in which to keep his candy bars cold.

Males were outnumbered in the family, so he and his nephew formed a “no girls allowed club” which exists to this day. In his leisure time at home he waged war against yellow jackets, enlisting his grandchildren’s help with squirt bottles. Fred enjoyed life most of all especially when surrounded by family.

Fred is survived by his loving wife of more than 60 years, Janet (DeLaney) Austin of Mansfield; daughters and sons-in-law Kary (Mike) Murray and Cindy (John) Rashleigh of Lexington; sister Francis Ashbaugh of Mansfield; grandchildren Jessica (Steve) Fraley, Austin Murray, Ryan (Melissa) Ball, and Miranda Murray. Fred left behind other family: Gene and Ramona Smith; Mark Smith; Jeni Huffman; Erica Smith; Betty Colleen Grafton; Sabra Grafton; Kristin Neal-Stoodt; Andy and Hope Ashbaugh, and numerous other extended family. Fred will also be sadly missed by the Oyster Bay Park, Florida residents who enjoyed his company for many winters.

Along with his parents his younger brother, Charles Austin, preceded him in death.

The Austin family will receive friends on Sunday October 4, 2009 from 4-7pm in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where the funeral service celebrating the life of Frederick Austin will begin at 7pm.

Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Foundation may be made at the funeral home.