Harold Dean "Red" Freed

1933 - 2019

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Harold D. “Red” Freed, 85, of Findlay, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, March 1, 2019 after a long illness. He was born on July 1, 1933, in Findlay, to the late Reverend Allan G. and Helen (Wilson) Freed. On September 23, 1966, he married Ruth C. Crum, and she survives. He is also survived by his son, David Freed, of Findlay; his daughter, Joanna F. (Michael) Fairbanks of Gibsonburg, OH; his step-sons: Michael P. (Sherri) Leary of Mt. Cory, Daniel S. (Kathy) Leary of Findlay, Eric E. Leary of Galt, CA, and Steven R. (Penny) Leary of Sierra Vista, AR; his step-daughter, Lori L. (George) Fulton of Paw Paw, MI; 11 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Donald W. Freed; and his sister, June Christy. Red was a U.S. Army Veteran, having served our country in Germany during the Korean War Era. He was a proud patriot and always prayed for Our Troops and honored The American Flag. He and his wife Ruth owned and operated Freed Painting for over 47 years. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, as well as Painters Local Union 788 in Sandusky, Ohio. He was an avid hunter and fisherman throughout the United States and Canada. He was also the owner of Freed Racing Sprint Car No. 8F. He enjoyed watching NASCAR and football. Red will be remembered by his grandchildren for his gravelly voice and special hugs and for sharing his many stories. Special thanks to Bridge Home Health & Hospice and long-time caregiver, Elaine Sadler, from Blackstone Home Health. The funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Trinity Baptist Church, Findlay. Pastor Michael Spann will officiate and burial will follow at Bechtel Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 8 from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Findlay and for one hour prior to the service (10:00-11:00am) at the church. Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Baptist Missions or Bridge Home Health & Hospice. Online condolences may be left by visiting coldrencrates.com.

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Friday, March 8th 2019 2:00 - 4:00 PM & 6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Trinity Baptist Church[Map]
    CR 236
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Saturday, March 9th 2019 10:00 - 11:00 AM

  • Funeral Service:

    Saturday, March 9th 2019 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    Trinity Baptist Church [Map]
    7839 County Road 236
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Bechtel Cemetery [Map]
    Township Road 229
    Van Buren, Ohio 45889

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Condolences For Harold Dean "Red" Freed

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To : Freed family
Date :Monday, March 4th 2019
From : Tom Debbie lewis
I truly enjoyed red he was a great man I will always remember fondly

To : Ruth and Family
Date :Monday, March 4th 2019
From : Wynn D Corbin- Kelley
Ruth and everyone, Red was so wonderful. Love to be around him and his stories.....
He will be missed by so many.


To : The Freed family
Date :Monday, March 4th 2019
From : Alisa Sharninghouse
The Freed family will be in my prayers. My husband Dennis Sharninghouse worked as the buyer at Ball Metal and you were always so kind to us. I grew up on Lima Ave . And have known your family for many years. May God comfort you and yours. Alisa Mehaffey Sharninghouse

To : David Freed
Date :Tuesday, March 5th 2019
From : Rick and Karen Brown
David, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of Red. Prayers to your family.

Rick and Karen Brown

To : Ruth
Date :Tuesday, March 5th 2019
From : George Lanagan Jr
So sorry for your lose. I will remember forever the times we spent hunting and fishing together. Also the times he painted on a job for me. We had some great times together. George

To : Dave and family
Date :Tuesday, March 5th 2019
From : Arcadia Auto Service LLC
Please know that during this time of loss you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Jason, Ryan and Angie

To : Ruth and family
Date :Wednesday, March 6th 2019
From : Dana Kimmel and Rachel Kimmel White
Our deepest sympathy to all, in the passing of our cousin, Dean. Always enjoyed visits with him. Our thoughts and prayers to you, may he rest in peace. Love, Dana and Rachel

To : Ruth
Date :Tuesday, March 5th 2019
From : Miles Vance
I'm very glad I was able to see Red and you last year after all these years, and remember the good times we had growing up together in West Park. Some of my best, most colorful, stories have to do with Red's exploits in those times. He will be missed!

To : The family
Date :Tuesday, March 5th 2019
From : shorty mark wolf
Sorry for your loss I havnt seen Red in a few years the last time I did it was when I took Rick Ferkel over to see him RIP

To : Ruth and entire family
Date :Wednesday, March 6th 2019
From : Greg and Donna
Saddened by the news of Red passing away. We really loved him and his stories. He was a great guy and I’m pretty certain he was greeted in heaven by a big party by those who passed before him. May peace and comfort be with you all.

To : Ruth and family
Date :Friday, March 8th 2019
From : Vicky Weber
Just heard of Red's passing. I'm so sorry. Have always enjoyed seeing you both at the reunion. Take comfort in your memories, friends and family. You are in my prayers.

To : Freed Family
Date :Tuesday, March 12th 2019
From : Joyce Overly Tschantz
To the Freed Famil12 y Today March 12 LaVerna Wilson called to tell me about Dean. Our families saw each other rarely but I have special memories of June == Guess the boys weren't my interest when I was little. Please accept my condolences and enjoy wonderful family memories. I will let the Hostetlers know about Dean. Joyce