William A. “Bill” Freeman

March 17, 1954 ‒ January 13, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: William A. “Bill” Freeman, 63, of Mansfield passed away unexpectedly Saturday January 13, 2018 in OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.

The son of Raymond and Edna (Smith) Freeman, Bill was born March 17, 1954 and graduated from Clear Fork High School.

A corporate pilot, Bill loved to fly.  He’d been piloting planes for nearly 40 years and retired just three years ago.  A problem solver, Bill was always looking for his next project.  He would work on cars and trouble shoot electronics.   He enjoyed reading, especially focusing on military history.  More importantly, Bill was content with his role as loving and devoted husband and dad.

He is survived by his wife Karen (Stoner) Freeman and daughters Megan and Michelle Freeman.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his son Michael W. Freeman on January 8, 2012.

The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is honored to assist the Freeman family with private funeral services.

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

Online condolences to Bill’s family may be made by visiting SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • We’re deeply saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. We will remember him for being generous, kind hearted, having a great sense of humor and for bringing pie for no particular reason at all. Our sincerest condolences go out to his wife and daughters.
    He will be sorely missed.

  • Bill was such a great man in so many ways. He was such a strong advocate for me in starting and working thru the first years of my business.
    I will always cherish his unwavering support & tireless advocacy to aviation as one of his many admiring peers in the industry that he loved.

  • Our lives will never be the same without Bill. He has always been there for us in good times and bad and there is no one who can replace him. He has been a shining example of living life by performing random acts of kindness and was never happier than when he was helping others. Our deepest condolences to all his family and friends and may you find peace in knowing that heaven received an angel who can hold his son’s hand once again.
    Pierre and Becky

  • Dear Karen, Megan and Michelle,
    I have to claim Bill as my best friend since our freshman year in high school. Although there has been many miles between us, it was always fun to get together to remeber the good ole days, share our political and religious values. Thankfully I havn’t had to ask, but I know that he would have given his shirt off his back for me and my family if there was ever the need. Adriana and I will miss him dearly. May God bless you all.

    • I didn’t meet Bill but I got to know Karen over the past several months as my counseling supervisor and just knowing what an amazing person she is tells me Bill had to be pretty special too. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • A good man. A better friend. The best that God gave us. I’ll sure miss you, Bill. May God bless and comfort you Karen, Megan, and Michelle and give you peace.

  • To the family of Bill, I am so very sorry to read about your loss. Please take comfort in knowing that our heavenly Father truly loves and cares for you and He will give you the strength needed to cope during this difficult time.
    2 Corinthians 1:3,4

  • Karen and family,
    I offer my sincerest condolences during this difficult time. I’m so sorry to hear about this sudden and great loss.

  • Karen, Megan and Michelle,

    The Naveau family would like to offer our condolences. What a great man! What an incredible life he led! We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Naveau’s

  • Karen, Megan and Michelle,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your husband/dad’s passing. I never met him but he must have been a great man to be surrounded by such wonderful women.
    Thinking of you all.
    ~ Amy Poston Dieterle

  • So Sorry for the loss of Bill. In the same business we reconnected a few years ago. He was a good man.

  • Karen,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you at such a tough time. May the wonderful memories you have built over the years comfort you.

  • So sorry to hear of the death of Bill. Sending you my deepest condolences. I have many memories of times with Bill in grade school in Butler and spending time on the family farm until my family moved away in ’63. Have always missed having him in my life since then. Your entire family will be in my prayers

  • Karen and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a wonderful man.
    You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Sue Andrews

  • Karen & Family,

    Was saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Bill. May your memories comfort you at this difficult time.

    Robin Gaston

  • I’m so sorry Karen. Sending thoughts, prayers and hugs to you and your girls.

    Chelsea Eismon

  • Our condolences to Bill’s wife, Karen and daughters. Even
    though they do not know us.
    Remembering fondly he and his family. Especially his parents Raymond and Edna.
    We worshiped together at Butler Trinity Church and enjoying
    time together at the monthly Card Club.

  • Karen, Megan, and Michelle,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Bill. He was such a kind, loving, joyful man, and every time I saw him I could tell how much he loved his family and how proud of you all he was. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    I love you all so much,

  • So sorry, We lived one house up the hill and spent many times together with the family as he was growing up but lost touch after Raymond and Edna passed. Lots of good memories. Blessings to all. D’ Wisenbarger & family

  • Bill was very special to us in so many ways. From the cheerful voice on the other end of the phone to his professional excellence. On a very personal note, Bill knew to get an oxygen tank and mask for our preemie Grandson Kohler in March 2014 prior to a trip from Detrroit to Fort Meyers. As it turned out our little guy who was turning blue was in dire need of the oxygen assist.
    We are forever grateful for his kindness and dedication to our safety and security. His was a life well lived and our priviledge of knowing him an honor not many people experience. He was truly a great and good man.
    We will miss him greatly and all of his sage wisdom and kind words.

  • To Bill’s family and friends,
    Bill’s enthusiasm and adventurist spirit is something I think we will all miss. He, without admission, encouraged me and probably everyone he knew. He put others first, and enjoyed every minute.
    A positive influence in my life and I’m sure in all those that were fortunate enough to know him.
    God Speed Bill,
    See you on the other side.
    Your friend,
    George Gaines

  • He was a good guy. Looked forward going to his house for 4H meetings of the Worthington Workers.

  • I am so sorry to hear about this Karen. Please know we are all thinking of you at OHS. Sending our love and hugs.

  • To Bill’s wife and daughters. I am so saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. He was a very good friend of my brother, Tom Spayde. Bill even helped me shop for my very first car, a Chevy Vega in 1974. The last time I saw Bill was probably over 35 years ago but I’ll always remember his great sense of humor and laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  • Karen sorry to here of Bill’s passing. We Know he will be missed by you and the girls. Frank and I want to send our sympathy to you . Want you to know if there is anything we can do for you we are willing and able to help. Let us know and we will be there. You are like a daughter to us and we feel your lose. We know that God is looking over you and keeping you under his wings.
    We are praying for you and your family.

  • Karen:

    Very sad to hear of Bill’s passing. Thinking of you and your family. Hugs and prayers for you and your girls.

    Love always…

    Dave and Jeanne Zuber and Family

  • Karen,

    I am unbelievably sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I am praying for you and your family.

    Love for you always,

    Ann (Zuber) Nichol

  • Freeman family – So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Carol Byerly Hall (cousin) and her family

  • Having the honor to be able to call Bill a friend was a great blessing. His humor and wit will be missed. He was such a great problem solver and innovator. Always there to lend a hand and not afraid to listen either. Our thoughts and prayers are with Karen, Michelle and Meagan.

  • Bill Freeman was a wonderful influence on my life. He got me my first aviation job at his electronics shop when I was in high school. He also allowed me to fly with him on a few trips. He also got me my 2nd aviation job! He was always eager to talk about planes and flying…he knew everything about every plane we came across! He was always full of good advice gained from life experiences. I would not be where I am now with out him.

    Will be missed and always in my memories


  • To Karen, Megan, and Michelle,
    Words of course fall short, but I am deeply sorry for your great loss. Praying that you will sense God’s presence in a real and personal way as you grieve. Please let us know if there is anything at all we can do for you. We love you!!!

    To Michael,
    I am so glad you were there in heaven to welcome your Dad home. I can only imagine the amazing embrace you two shared! We miss you, but look forward to the day when we’ll all be reunited.

    To my “special friend” Bill,
    It says a lot about a person when you invite him to your elementary school’s special friend day ahead of your own Mom. Thank you for being a dear friend throughout my entire life. I’ll always cherish the memories of cutting down our Christmas trees together, sharing cookies on Christmas Eve, weekly chats after church, Memorial Day picnics, and meals at Wendy’s Superbar (remember that!?!). Thank you for watching my dance shows, for being at my graduation and wedding, for sending encouraging emails and praying for us while we were overseas. As you always said, we are certainly glad that we got to see you! I trust that you’re enjoying plenty of pumpkin stuff in heaven. When I get there we should watch a movie, but this time I’ll have my own popcorn 😉 Until then…

    Emily (LeVan) Cornett
    Jim, Gideon, & Mirielle too

  • Karen and family,
    So sorry to hear about Bill. I only knew him briefly but he was a nice man.
    I’m he’ll be missed dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Dick Snavely