Royal Glenn Freed

July 21, 1939 ‒ February 07, 2015

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER: Royal Glenn Freed, 75, of Butler passed away Saturday evening, February 7, 2015 at home surrounded by his loving family.

The son of Glenn R. and Martha (Laribee) Freed, Royal was born July 21, 1939 in Mansfield.  He graduated from Butler High School.  On April 12, 1968 Royal married Joanne Miller.

Beginning in 1973, Royal served for the Butler Police Department and as a Lieutenant Deputy Sheriff for Richland County.  For 25 years he worked for Joyce Buick in the service department and also worked in the Security Division for The Ohio State University-Mansfield Campus.

A 32nd Degree Mason, Royal was a member of the Bellville Masonic Lodge #376, Richland County Scottish Rite, Mansfield Baku Grotto, Kentucky Colonel, was a life member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus, and was a former member of the Butler-Worthington Township Fire & Rescue Department.

In his younger years, Royal enjoyed racing as well as hunting and fishing.  A big man with a big heart, Royal’s wisdom and knowledge was continually shared with his family.  A family man, he taught his children and grandchildren the value of a good work ethic.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 46 years Joanne Freed of Butler; daughter Sherry (Tom) Kemp of Butler; son Bryan (Nancy) Freed of Easley, South Carolina; grandchildren Paige (Brandon) Peters and Brynne (John) Morris; great-great grandchildren Wyatt Lee Peters, Alina Ivory Morris and on the way-Willow Lynne Peters; sisters-in-law Ruth (James) Kenison and Jean (Daniel) Weirich.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family will receive friends Tuesday evening February 10, 2015 from 4-7pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where Masonic services performed by the Bellville Masonic Lodge #376 will begin at 7pm.  Visitation will continue at the funeral home, Wednesday from 10-11am. Funeral services will begin at 11am with the Rev. Dr. Michael Stine officiating.

Memorial contributions to Bellville Masonic Lodge #376 may be made through the funeral home.

Online condolences to the family may be made by


  • To his son, Dave Freed, and his daughter Gail Herron and grandsons and granddaughters all from a previous marriage, I offer my most sincere condolences. May he rest in peace!

  • Dad, we are so sorry to hear of your passing, wish we had been allowed to see you and visit with you. We will dearly miss you! May you find peace in heaven! Love, your son and daughter-in-law, Dave and Kim

  • To my friend Gail, her brother, grandchildren and great sincerest condolences..

  • To Bryan and family your in my thoughts and prayers…he was wonderful man who I knew also thru my father in law a brother in blue…god bless

  • To the family of Royal Freed,
    I am sorry for your loss. I well remember Royal from high school days at Butler. He was our neighbor. I worked for his dad on their farms during hay-making. He was friendly, courageous, humorous, and had a unique tone of voice and laughter. May God comfort you all is my prayer. Lee Mellott

  • Though I have never met Royal, I have had many discussion with Brynne about Royal and it is clear he was a very special person to many. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences.

  • Dave & Kim and Gail,
    You have our deepest sympathy on the loss of your Dad, We were deeply shocked when we saw the obituary. We are sure that he will be missed in a lot of ways. We were also shocked that your names (as children from a previous marriage) were not mentioned at all…….
    Don & Shirley

  • Brynne,
    I’m sorry for your loss. Your Grandpa will always be looking down and keeping you safe.

  • So sorry to hear of Royal’s passing.
    I can honestly say the two of you helped me through some tough times. I will always remember his laugh & the conversations we shared. He will be missed by our entire family.
    God bless you all

  • To the family of Royal; My deepest condolences are sent to you. He was a wonderful man. Full of life and laughter. In the short years I got to know him he will leave a lifetime of memories . Never can I recall a time he wasn’t laughing or joking about something. This man was very special to our family and he will be forever missed. Sending prayer of comfort for the coming times. When things get hard please remember his laugh and smile and know that he will always be with you.

  • Freed Family. My deepest condolences to each and everyone of you. This was a great loss to everyone. I know I will miss him.

  • Sorry to hear about Royal. I remember him racing against Joe Carney,Eph Davis and Joe Thompson at Mansfield Raceway back in the 60s.

  • My deepest condolences to his children and grandchildren! Each and every one of them, although some were not mentioned from his previous marriage.. (Dave, Brenda & Gail )They all share the same blood and will forever be a part of him, just as each have their own special memories. Until you all meet again someday, may God wrap his arms around each of you and comfort you during this time.

  • Joanne, Brynne, Sherry & Paige:

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I have many good memories of Royal and the stories he liked to tell over coffee and pie. Royal had a great sense of humor and was a wonderful grandfather to his grandchildren. I will always remember him as being good to others and to myself. He will be missed.

  • lot of good memories he will be missed. Will keep them forever and I will keep your the family in my prayers.

  • To Davy, Dave, Gail, and families, and the family of Brenda: I am sorry for the loss of your father and grandfather Royal. You all have my deepest condolences for your loss. Lifting you up in prayer, and knowing you all know how much he loved you!

  • Thanks are in order to Snyder Funeral Home. You did a lovely job and made the whole experience as easy on our family as it could have possible been in. The calling hours, funeral, and obituary were just as my grandfather wanted them to be and for that I am grateful.

  • My thoughts and prayers to Royal’s family. My prayers to Gail, Dave, and Brenda’s family. May he be at peace with his daughter. Remember to put the Lord first, not selfish actions.

  • My deepest sympathy to the children that were not mentioned in their fathers obituary, that is very sad. I hope you can find peace with your fathers passing. God bless you

  • To my daughter, Stephanie, her Aunt Gail and Uncle David. I’m sorry to hear know one from the family notified you of your Grandfather and Father’s death. Being married to his blood daughter Brenda I got to know Royal plus I worked with him for about three years at Joyce Buick dealership. I know your mom, Brenda loved her Dad and now maybe they are making up for lost time that know one can take away.

  • A letter to my Dad
    Many years ago you came into my life and accepted me as your Daughter – There was never a time that you made me feel less because of a ‘ blood line ‘ . I can go to bed tonight without bitterness or vile and dream sweet dreams of a lifetime of wonderful and loving memories that a ‘ last name ‘ can never touch . I am proud to be your Daughter and so honored to call you my Dad

  • We want to send our sympathy and condolences to the Freed family…esp to David, Gail, and your well as Brenda’s family. I grew up with these kids and knew their grandparents Glen & Martha well. How sad that someone’s selfishness would not allow the biological children to have contact with their Dad and then not even allow them to be part of the obituary….or even mention a daughter who had preceded him in death. May God Bless and be with ALL of you!!!