Russell Franklyn Freel

April 11, 1938 ‒ April 27, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Russell Franklyn Freel passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017 in OhioHealth Mansfield following an extended illness. He was 79.

Russell was born April 11, 1938 in Mansfield to Russell E. & Pauline (Cornish) Freel. After graduating from Mansfield Senior High with the class of 1958, he proudly served his country by joining the US Navy.

Russell married Cheryl Ann Smith on January 31, 1970. He worked as a produce manager for Food Town until retiring in 2008.

In spare time, Russell enjoyed watching NASCAR, football, baseball, “The Big Bang Theory” and “Wheel of Fortune.” He also liked to listen to country western music. Russell’s passion was restoring and riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Model A Fords, and Crosley cars. But above all, he cherished spending time with his grandchildren.

Russell enjoyed watching the weekly online church service at Storyside in Bellville. He was a 3rd degree Mason with the Bellville Masonic Lodge #0376 where he earned his 40 year pin.

He is survived by his loving wife Mrs. Cheryl Freel of Mansfield; children Tonda Dillon and Gordon Freel both of Mansfield; grandchildren Sierra, Jared, Jessica, and Jenna; great-grandchildren Graysen, Brookelyn, and Rowan; sister-in-law Connie Freel of Mansfield and special brother-in-law Bill (Mary) Smith of Bellville; breakfast buddies Frank Walls and Bob Barnes along with numerous extended family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Russell was preceded in death by his first wife Thelma “T.K.” Freel, and siblings Leroy “Butch” Freel and Marilyn Brewington.

A memorial service honoring his life will be held 11 a.m. Friday, May 5, 2017 in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home and friends are invited to call the hour prior. Rev. Dr. Jim Carder will officiate, Masonic services will be observed and burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

Contributions in his memory to the American Lung Association may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Russell’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them—and watch his tribute video—at

  • To the Freel family, please accept my sympathy on Russell’s passing. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Barbara Yeager, DPM
    Mansfield VA Outpatient Clinic

  • So sorry for your famlies loss .
    Thinking of you all at this hard time in life. Prayers & love♡

  • God Bless and Thank YOU, Russell for your service in The United States Navy.”Fair winds and following seas”… RIP … And Semper Fi. “Sailor rest your oar”

  • Oor thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family. God’s love be with you all.