Paul H. Freer, Jr.

June 28, 1925 ‒ May 11, 2007

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Paul H. Freer, Jr., 81, of Larchwood Road, Mansfield, died Friday morning May 11, 2007 in his home, following a brief illness.

Fought a good fight, finished his course, kept the faith: Henceforth a crown of righteousness is laid up for Paul, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give him. (II Tim. 4)

He was born June 28, 1925 in Mansfield to Paul H., Sr., and Emma (Schoenholtzer) Freer, and was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1943.

A U.S. Navy veteran of WWII, he served as a Pharmacist Mate.

Paul had owned and operated Freer & Son Coal Company, before taking a position as a postal clerk. He retired from the U.S. Post Office with 27 years of service in 1987.

A lifelong and likely the longest member of First Friends Church on Logan Road, he was raised in the church since his childhood. He served the congregation as a pianist, as well as on the Board of Trustees, and volunteered with Camp Sychar in Mount Vernon.

An avid fisherman, Paul was a fervent sports fan. No one ever accused him of being lukewarm towards The Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Indians, Browns and Cavaliers!

He was at ease when working around his yard, and really enjoyed family trips to Lakeside. For 13 years, he and his wife “Hon” wintered at Avon Park Holiness Camp in Avon Park, Florida.

Described as a prayer warrior, he was blessed with the spiritual gifts of kindness and gentleness. Paul was never critical of others, which placed him in the role of “best friend” to so many, so proud and interested in his grandchildren.

Paul’s deep Christian faith was his moral compass. He was devoted to, and dearly loved his family and his church family. He was most pleased that his three sons, with whom he was so very close, each had a personal relationship with Christ…and further, that each married Christian wives…perpetuating his household of faith.

He leaves a legacy of generosity, care and love.

He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 60 years Helen Louise (Rinehart) Freer, whom he married June 10, 1947; their sons and daughters-in-law John P. and Marilyn Freer of Massillon; the Rev. Mark A. and the Rev. Cynthia Freer of Mansfield and Malang, Indonesia, and Stephen M. and Clara Freer of Mansfield; grandchildren and their spouses Jennifer and Ron Deitrick, Donn and Angie Freer, Andrew Freer, Matthew Freer, Jason Cress, and Sarah Freer; a great granddaughter Autumn Freer; and step great grandchildren Adam and Aaron.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 16, 2007 from 5-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. The worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Paul H. Freer, will be held Thursday at 11 am in First Friends Church, 571 Logan Road, Mansfield. The Revs. Josh Walker and Richard Pass will officiate. Friends may also call on the family at the church building the hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery, where the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will hold graveside military honors.

Memorial contributions to First Friends Church or OMS International may be made at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting: