Leonard O. Free Sr.

January 15, 1936 ‒ August 28, 2018

Lucas, Ohio

LUCAS: “The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy!” Psalm 126:3

Leonard Omy Free was ushered into the greatest joy as his faith became sight Tuesday, August 28, 2018. He was 82.

He was born January 15, 1936 in Mansfield to parents John & Emma (Steward) Free. He graduated from Lucas High School with the class of 1954.

Leonard worked at General Motors, where he worked for over 44 years.

He attended Lucas Grace Bible Church and was involved in the Lucas Lions Club having earned the Melvin Jones Award.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Mary Ann (Hardin) Free; children Michael Free, Kathryn (J.R.) Gantner, John (Janet) Free, Howard Free and Cherie Free; grandchildren Jeremy (Sarah) Obrecht and Christopher Free; great-grandchild Ashton Obrecht; brothers-in-law James (Carolyn) Hardin, Edward (Carol) Hardin and William (April) Hardin; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

In addition to his parents, Leonard was preceded in death by son Leonard Free Jr.; grandchild Joshua Obrecht; brother Howard Free; sisters Ada Mae White and Ruth Banks.

Although no public service will be held in Leonard’s memory, his family hopes that you will hold him in your heart as you remember him in your own special way.

Contributions in Leonard’s memory may be made to the Mansfield Salvation Army (47 S. Main St, Mansfield, OH 44902), Lucas Area Food Pantry (252 W. Main St. Lucas, Ohio 44843) or the Alzheimer’s Association (225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601).

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Leonard’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Dear Kathy and your entire family,
    My deepest condolences in your loss.
    I have great childhood memories of “sleep overs” at your home. Your parents were always so kind and gentle-natured when they spoke to each other and even when we got a little too rambunctious for their liking. I can remember thinking, “okay… well, I know we’re getting corrected right now, but why are they being so nice about it?” Some of my very first contact with truly Christ-like behavior…and it actually was effective! 😊 Loved them both tremendously!
    May God bless you with peace and shower you with His consolation at this difficult time. Lifting all of you in prayer at this time of loss to your family, friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ.
    Love, Judy McKinnon ~nee Harris

  • I worked with Leonard for many years at GM.
    I was the time study man in Major Press
    and set the plant work standards.
    Leonard was always at the top of my
    list as favorite to work with. Just
    a real nice guy.
    Bud Anderson

  • Mary Ann, Rejoicing in his homegoing, but sorry for the great empty space he leaves. Grief is the price of love. Cherish the memories.

  • Kathy,MaryAnn and family,

    Remembering our visits with the Free family. We send our condolences and our prayers that God
    will give you comfort at this time.
    Deepest Sympathy,
    Duane and Sandy Obrecht

  • To Kathy and JR, from all of your ABATE family we want you to know we are thinking of you and praying for your family. Condolences to your entire family from your entire ABATE family.

  • Kathy and JR, we know what you are going through, it has only been 3 years since we lost my dad and even though you know he is finally at peace, it does not make it any easier. Not a day will go bye that you will not hear, see or do something that will make you think of him and wish you could just pick up the phone and call. Just know you were so blessed to have him in your life as long as you did, many never have that. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

    Love Joe and Robin