Gregory Heindel

October 01, 1959 ‒ March 13, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Gregory K. Heindel, age 58, unexpectedly passed away in his Mansfield home Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

He was born October 1, 1959 in Lansing, MI to parents John Heindel & Jean Elizabeth (Potter). After graduating from Mentor High School with the class of 1977, he attended the Ohio State University for general business and journalism courses and the Ohio School of Broadcast Technique in Cleveland where he graduated in 1982.

Greg had a 35-year career in radio and television broadcasting as a news anchor and reporter. He had the thrill of covering presidents, interviewing governors, senators and Congress members, and covering breaking news of every imaginable type. He moved to Mansfield in 1991 for a job with WMAN and later worked for WMFD which brought him into Ohio homes through radios and televisions for 26 years. Most recently Greg worked as a Modern Woodmen of America Financial Representative in Mansfield.

In spare time, he enjoyed relaxing at home and attending Cleveland Indians and Browns games.

He is survived by his mother Jean Cosgrove of Bluffton, SC, two brothers and sisters-in-law David & Patti Heindel of Bothell, WA, and Edward & Terri Heindel of Kent, OH; nieces and nephews Stephen, Sarah, Matthew, and Joseph Heindel; along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Greg was preceded in death by his father John Heindel and step-father Allan Cosgrove.

A memorial service honoring his life will be held 10:30 am Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Snyder Funeral Home (350 Marion Ave in Mansfield) and Celebrant Dave Roberts will officiate. Contributions in his memory may be made to Hospice Care of the Lowcountry (P.O. Box 3827, Bluffton, SC 29910).

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Greg’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory with them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of Greg. He will be greatly missed. Always liked to hear him on WMAN and WMFD. We could always count on hearing him on the holidays; he was a special person.

  • I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Greg’s sudden passing. As radio reporters at WMAN for 18 years, we worked side by side covering every significant news event in the Mansfield area and beyond…we also had many good times in our off hours going to Cleveland Browns Games, two Rolling Stones concerts, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In addition, those who were at the WMAN Christmas parties in the 1990’s to witness him do his “Elvis Persley” impersonations will never forget them…he was just a fun guy and great news reporter…he will be sadly missed by those who knew him, but yet, memories of good times with him will bring smiles to those faces too. Farewell, Greg.

  • Very shocked and quite sad to learn about Greg’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with him while at WMAN. He was fun and funny. We shared an appreciation of quality ales, and I recall that he enjoyed portraying an alter-ego that he titled ‘The Bagman’. He even used this funny persona to do call-ins on our shows on Y-105. RIP, friend….

  • I was also shocked and saddened to learn about Greg’s passing. I only had a short time to work with Greg after The Ashland Radio stations were joined with the Mansfield stations but working in News I had appreciated his work on the air for many years. He was obviously a man who cared about getting the story right and getting the info out to the listeners. Rest In Peace Greg you will be missed

  • It was great to work with Greg at WMAN and at WVNO. I’m very sad about the news of his passing we loved baseball and it’s history, he went to do a story at the baseball hall of fame and brought me a hat back which I still have. I’ll wear it in his honor. My condolences to his family he will be missed.

  • I remember hearing Greg’s calming voice on the radio when I first moved back to Mansfield many years ago. He had one of those familiar, friendly personalities that will be greatly missed. Many years later Greg interviewed my then 13 year-old son for a spot to be aired for the Catalyst Life Services Telethon when my son was receiving speech therapy services there. He made my son feel very comfortable and at ease. Greg always asked me how my son was doing whenever I would see him at community events. He covered many of our agency events and food drives. He was a great, caring man.

  • I was honored to work with Greg twice in my career, when he started at WMAN in the early 90’s, then when he joined WMFD. He was the consummate professional at delivering the news on radio and TV, and a wonderful human being to work with. I’m honored to say our career paths crossed and honored to have known him.

  • Greg was such a great guy and I always enjoyed working with him over many years, giving him the scoop on the latest crime story. He was a professional and a friend and I am shocked and truly sorry to hear of his passing. I know he is in heaven now, living his dream of being a major league baseball announcer!

  • I had the pleasure of working with Greg at WMAN and WMFD. He always had a kind word to say. He cared so much for the people he worked with and the community that he served. I was shocked and saddened with his passing. You will be missed Greg!

  • I was very sad to hear of Greg’s sudden passing. I knew him well when he and Dave Pennell would cover City Council meetings and stop in the office on a daily basis for news. He was well respected in the industry and definitely had a voice for the radio. Rest well in heaven Greg. You will be missed by so many.

  • My Deepest condolences to Greg’s family. I worked with Greg to 4 years (1991-1995) at WMAN Radio. He was a great news reporter. He will be missed!

  • I met Greg as a competitor in the 90s, and he kept us on our toes as a talented, fast and effective reporter. I later moved to PR and had the opportunity to work collaboratively with him; he was second to none in his professionalism, kindness, integrity and dependability.
    Much respect, Greg: I was blessed to have known you and wish you peace.

  • Very sad to hear of his death. I considered him the best news reporter in my 30 years in Mansfield.

  • Greg was the consummate professional with his news work. He took great pains to always get the story right. He was also an unusually enjoyable newsman. His passion for his work was very evident. I will continue to miss his voice on the air.

  • I just learned of Greg’s passing on the radio this AM on the way to WEOL AM 930 Elyria to do an interview. Ironically, this is where I met Greg in 1986, as we both worked in the news department. Greg was a great friend, and he will be missed. We went to many concerts and Browns-Indians games. He gave my son his very first baseball glove. My deepest sympathies to Greg’s family.

  • Just heard about this today. Man,,,Greg and I were Best Friends growing up in mentor Ohio,,,Then they moved to New Jersey and we just lost communication with each other. I knew he did radio sports,but to far away to listen..Greg was a cool dude,,sad what happened..condolences to the Entire Family,,,Peace,,,,,,