Thomas Jay Freund

June 16, 1966 ‒ December 31, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

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MANSFIELD: Generosity is a practical expression of Love. Tom Freund’s charitable heart and desire to do things for people – not because of who they are or what they do in return – but because of who he was, was a glimpse into a kind heart of compassion.

Unexpectedly, Tom passed to the arms of his Lord and Savior on Thursday, December 31, 2020. He was 54.

Born Thomas Jay Freund on June16, 1966 in Mansfield to parents George and Luella (Getz) Freund, he graduated from Ontario High School. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Ashland University and entered the insurance business, eventually becoming a very successful insurance broker with Integrity Insurance.

Not one to sit still, Tom was a lifelong entrepreneur and thrived in several additional businesses including a restaurant (What’s for Dessert), real estate (Freund Properties) and manufacturing (Klopfenstein Art Equipment Manufacturing). He was an extremely energetic and enthusiastic person as well as a talented businessman and was dearly loved by his colleagues and clients alike.

He supported several area ministries focusing on those who were in need: As former president of the board of Richland Pregnancy Services, he spoke for the unborn; as a former board member of Mansfield Christian School he promoted Christian education and as a sustainer of Global Lead he encouraged youth leaders spreading the Gospel across the world. Raised in the Apostolic Christian Church on Middle Bellville Road, Tom had more recently attended Crossroads Community Church.

Tom was passionate about his children and spent countless hours with them skateboarding, surfing, hunting, fishing, boating, and biking. He would often share photos of their many escapades together, and was continually planning his next adventure.

He will be remembered as an intelligent man with a big personality and an endearing laugh, who valued his friendships and his family.

Tom is survived by his beloved wife Angela Beth (Dean) Freund; two sons Max and Jack Freund, two daughters Lauren (Miles) Serman and Rebecca Freund; step children Ava, Gage and Jack; three brothers G. Randall (Dory) Freund of Mansfield, Bryan (Barbara) Freund of Phoenix, AZ, and Scott (Annamarie) Freund of Phoenix, AZ; his best friend Mark Taylor of Mansfield; numerous nieces and nephews, extended family members and lifelong friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents George and Luella Freund.

The Freund family will receive guests Friday, January 8, 2021 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Face coverings will be required, and occupancy limits may increase wait times. A private funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Saturday, with Rich Hoffmann officiating. Burial will be in Mansfield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to Richland Pregnancy Services or Global Lead, may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Dear Family of Tom,
    You have my sincerest condolences for your loss. I met Tom through business and throughout the years we became good friends. His smile, his laugh and his warmth will be greatly missed to any and all who knew him. I am so sorry that you will have to go on without him. He really was a great man to know.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Susie Neutzling

  • My deepest sympathy to the family of Tom.

    May we carry the love and encouragement Tom presented to all people as we continue in this life.
    I miss him now and will always remember the passion he had for his family and friends.
    May we replicate his commitment to service of others.

  • To the entire Freund family that I have know for many years: Tom will be sorely missed.
    Mansfield has lost a wonderful man.
    With sympathy,
    Scott and JoAnn Taylor

  • My family and I were connected with Tom and his family in a variety of ways…through Mansfield Christian School, What’s 4 Dessert, and in my work as a learning coach with Max and Jack for a year of home education. I will remember the zest, support, lively discussions, and laughter of the interactions, and the generosity to many lives that I witnessed especially during the year that I worked in their home. The coinciding events of the sudden end of his life here and the close of another calendar year was a potent reminder to not take this precious gift of our days for granted. I will hope to live more intently for the reminder and the pain of this loss.

    My deep sympathies to those who loved Tom best and will miss him most. May God strengthen and comfort each of you in this heart-breaking time.

    Anita Hickinbotham

  • Bryan and family. So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family.

  • Condolences to the family. Tom was a great guy and one of the handful of people our organization had the pleasure of working with for over two decades while we established ourselves. Always enjoyed seeing him. His friendly, upbeat and engaging presence will be missed.

  • Sending our love and prayers to the Freund family during this difficult time. We have so many sweet memories with you all. Praying for comfort and peace, and may you feel God’s presence as Becca prepares for her wedding day. Love you guys.

  • Dear Freund Family,

    Our deepest sympathy is being extended to the Friend family during this time. As the Administrative Assistant of MCS I had the pleasure of working closely to Tom and the other Board of Directors. Tom had such a joyful spirit, generous heart, and impact on tje Community. His legacy and the lives he touched along the way will be remembered by all.

    We are asking the Lord to give you peace and hope during this time. Rev 21:4
    God bless, Maria Emigh and family

  • Emma ,
    This page is for those that loved & respected Tom . We are praying for his beautiful new wife Angie & the entire family unit .

    • God be with you Lois. You and the kids have been through so much and have always shown incredible grace. Peace be with you and the kids.

  • Brian and family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.