William Tombaugh Freed

1933 - 2020

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William ‘Bill’ Tombaugh Freed passed in Ada, Ohio on Saturday, October 3, 2020 aged 87 years. Bill was born on the 10th of May 1933 in Findlay, Ohio, son of Irvin ‘Peck’ and Mildred (Tombaugh) Freed. He was married to Thelma Breidenbach on April 5, 1953 in Williamstown. He graduated from Arlington High School in 1951, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and graduated from Bluffton College in 1961. Bill worked for Atlantic Richfield and was a member of the Arlington United Methodist Church. He leaves his son, Michael (Judy) Freed of White Lake, Michigan, his daughter, Robin (Julian) Lewiecki of South Bend, Indiana, his sister, Vivian (Charles) Neal, his five grandchildren, Jacob Freed, Evan Lewiecki, Adam (Ashley) Lewiecki, Connor Lewiecki (Jamie), Laura Lewiecki, and 2 great-grandchildren to mourn his death. He was preceded in death by his wife Thelma and son Craig, his parents, and sister Ellen (Frank) Stevenson. Bill was an attentive husband, a devoted father, and was loved and respected by his friends and neighbors. Bill had a passion for fishing, hunting, gardening and sharing a good story. He will be greatly missed and remembered for his good examples and kindness. The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to Kayla Dotson and the staff at VanCrest of Ada for their exceptional care in his final years. Also a special thanks to Beth Wallway for her kindness and assistance. Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm Thursday, October 8, 2020 at CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Arlington with Pastor Mark Gregory officiating. Burial will follow in Eagle Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be held for two hours prior to the funeral (11am-1pm) Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials can be directed to the American Heart Association and online condolences can be shared with the family by visiting coldrencrates.com.

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    620 N. Main St
    Arlington, Ohio
    Thursday, October 8th 2020 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

  • Funeral Service:

    Thursday, October 8th 2020 - 1:00 PM

  • Service Location:

    620 North Main Street
    Arlington, Ohio 45814

  • Final Resting Place:

    Eagle Creek Cemetery [Map]

    Van Buren Twp., Ohio

  • Contributions:

    American Heart Association -
    PO Box 15120
    Chicago, IL 60693

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To : Bill's Family and Friends
Date :Monday, October 5th 2020
From : Don Traxlerdo
Dearest Family and Friends,

I met Bill the day I moved into The Ada Hilton (Vancrest of Ada). It was the day before Thanksgiving last year. There was an empty chair at his table with Carol and Janet. We became very good friends immediately. We had many fun times together. We lovingly teased the women at our table and they gave it right back.

We shared many stories together about our own past escapades. I was not a fisherman but enjoyed hearing his. We both were gardeners and bragged about our best produce. He really enjoyed the fresh tomatoes and cucumbers Michael brought him. His "Granddaughter Kayla" would visit him and I became very jealous (in a loving way). I am sure he was proud to see the pictures of Lincoln William Dotson. What a cutie!

We lost Carol but Bill went to tell her goodbye. Janet moved to long term care and now Bill has joined his loving wife in their Eternal Home. It left a void that cannot be filled but I praise God for giving Bill to me as a friend and know that he will no longer feel any pain.

May God surround you with His loving and caring arms as you mourn and celebrate the life of precious Bill!

Don Traxler

To : Bill's Family
Date :Tuesday, October 6th 2020
From : Laura Rogers and Jerry Elsasser
We didn't know Bill long but he was just the sweetest man. He was so kind to our mother Carol Elsasser when she went to live at VanCrest, Bill made the transition a little easier for her. Like Don mentioned he came to say goodbye to her and she said "Oh Bill" it was the the most touching thing. Our thoughts are with his family at this time, he was a very special person.

Laura and Jerry

To : Robin Lewiecki
Date :Tuesday, October 6th 2020
From : Laura Graber
Sorry for your loss Robin. Prayers to uou and your family.

To : Bills Family
Date :Wednesday, October 7th 2020
From : Hearold Weihrauch Sr and Dottie Wehrle
Our sincere sympathies to you. Bill was a good friend to so many people and we always enjoyed his humor and funny life stories when we would have coffee on Saturday mornings at Jac and Dos.
He will be missed and we will remember so many fond memories of Bill. He was a good guy.

We pray that the peace of God will have his arms around you and your families.


Hearold and his daughter Dottie

To : Robin and her family
Date :Wednesday, October 7th 2020
From : Michelle Foulks
I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family .

To : Michael and Robin
Date :Thursday, October 8th 2020
From : Jean Frantz
So sorry to hear about your Dad, he was a wonderful person. I am sure you do not remember, but I kept both of you when your Mother went to work. That has been a long time ago, but really being friends with your parents was great. Your parents are together now.

To : Robin and her family
Date :Friday, October 9th 2020
From : Michelle Foulks
I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family .