Ted Brightbill

February 24, 1949 ‒ March 03, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Ted Brightbill, 68, of Mansfield passed away at his home March 3, 2017 surrounded by his loving wife and family after a long illness.

Ted was a man of few words, but his words were golden. His gruff tone could quickly be taken over by his giving nature, never expecting something in return.

Ted lived his life in a simple manner. One of his greatest passions was farming at their family farm and he was always happy to share his tomatoes and corn with family and friends. Another great passion of Ted’s was his love for his John Deere tractors which he shared with his son, dad and brothers.

After retiring from AK Steel in 2013, he spent his days playing with his two grandchildren whom he loved dearly.

He loved doing odd jobs around his home and helping his family, friends and neighbors however and whenever he could. He also loved having cookouts, making homemade ice cream with his family and having fish fries with his AK steel retirees.

Relaxing in his favorite chair, watching old westerns or Elvis movies was a perfect ending to a busy day.

He is survived by his loving wife Penny, daughter Amanda Keith (Ryan Lyall and his two sons Dempsey and Tristen), son John (Summer) Brightbill; two grandchildren Jersee and Hayden; sisters Kay (Jim) Ruly of Springfield, Jocie (Dick) Jones of Ashland; brother Larry Brightbill of Lexington; sisters-in-law  Nancy (Ben) Raitch of Mansfield and Carrie Brightbill of Ashland and many nieces and nephews and special friends Martha Miller, Dave McBride and Hoodie.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father Laura and Richard Brightbill; younger brother Hal “Doc” Brightbill; and parents-in-laws John and Betty Thornsberry

The family would like to thank Harbor Light Hospice, Nancy, Brenda, Heather and Raven, social worker Kate and pastoral care Beth for their loving care and support. They would like to also thank Interim Health Care, Amy and Briana for all their kindness and loving care. Also, a special thank-you to dear neighbors Jan Uhl and Carol Pohlable and cousin Sharon Turner for all their kindness and food.

The Brightbill family will receive friends Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 4-6 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home (350 Marion Avenue). The family encourages friends to wear Ohio State attire on Ted’s behalf. A Celebration of His Life will be held later this summer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Richland County Humane Society may be made at the funeral home.

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

  • Our deepest sympathies to you. Ted was a wonderful man, and he will be deeply missed by all whose lives he impacted. Sending many, many hugs and prayers for comfort! May he rest in peace….❤️

  • Penny and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. May you find many comfort in the years you shared together.

    Ruthanne and Terry Thornsberry

  • My deepest sympathy to the Brightbill family. I worked with Ted on the old brick gang for a couple years. He was a great guy and will be missed by may.

  • Penny, Amanda, John and family,

    Wanted to express our sympathy and send along our love as you reflect on Ted’s life. We understand how deeply this hurts. We remember Ted’s quiet manner and his love of family and farming.

    We remember your involvement in cheerleading Amanda and also our walks at the Y that kept me informed of the changes in the neighborhood.

    John, we remember your Dad’s love for tractors and what an early impact it had on you. You would move around the backyard on your riding toy tractor making all the putt-putt noises of the tractor.

    Penny, we know your adjustments will be many and we hope you will be comforted by your memories.

    Time will never diminish the love you shared as family. Keep these relationships close.

    With our loving sympathy,

    Les and Kathy

  • We were sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. He and our brother Doug were great friends when in school together. Please accept our sympathy and prayers for your family.

  • Dear Penny and Family.
    So sorry to see that Ted had passed away.
    Was always good to talk to him, although it has been a long time since I had done so.
    Penny I hope you and your family will be comforted by the memories you have of Ted.
    May God Bless all of You.

  • Love and prayers to you and the family along with my deepest sympathy. Ted will be missed by many.

  • In deepest sympathy to Penny and family. Our family was good friends to the Brightbill family. ..my brother, Roger, Susan, and myself went to school with Larry, Ted, and Hal. So many good memories I will keep. As long as we love each other and remember the feelings of love that Ted gave then all the love Ted created is still there. All the memories are still thete. Ted lives on in the hearts of everyone he has touched and nurtured while he was here. In death we leave this world – Our relationship continues forever. Dear God give the family comfort and strength with your loving arms around them.

  • Condolences to The Brightbill family , and friends. May God give you strength at this time.