|Birth: ||Jul. 24, 1902|
|Death: ||Jun. 26, 1982|
MANSFIELD- CHARLES H. FREEHAFER, 79, of 640 Russell Road, who served as Richland County Probate Judge from 1957 to 1973. died Saturday morning in Mansfield General Hospital after a long illness.
Born July 24, 1902, in Bellville, he grew up on a farm in Jefferson Township. He graduated from Bellville High School in 1922 and attended Richland County Normal School, Bowling Green State University and Ashland College. Judge Freehafer never attended law school, choosing instead to study under Mansfield attorney, Allen S. Beach. He passed the bar examination in 1936 and opened his own law office in 1939. A former assistant county prosecutor, he was appointed to fill an unexpired term on the Probate Court Bench by Governor Frank J. Lausche. He was subsequently elected to two straight six year terms.
Despite retiring at the age of 70, Judge Freehafer was an educator before entering the legal profession. He taught in a rural Bellville school and then joined the Mansfield Public Schools, first as a teacher a Newman schools for three years, followed by eight years of industrial arts instructor at John Simpson Junior High.
He was a member of the South Main United Methodist Church, the Richland County and Ohio Bar Associations, Kiwanis Club, American Association of Retired Persons, Mansfield Retmen's Club, Mansfield Lodge 35, F.& A.M., Baku Grotto, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus, Richland County Scottish Rite, and Al Koran Shrine.
Judge Freehafer is survived by his wife, Helen Brownworth Freehafer; a grandson; two step-daughters, Sandra Skinn of Dayton, Ohio, and Mary Ellen Miller of Sandusky, Ohio; several step-grandchildren; and a sister, Blanche Burger of Mansfield.
He was preceded in death by a son, attorney Douglas Freehafer.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, by his pastor, Dr. Blake Wagner. Burial will be in Bellville Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. where Masonic services are scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Main Street United Methodist Church.
Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1800-1962 about Charles Howard Freehafer-
Name: Charles Howard Freehafer
Birth Place: Jefferson, Richland, Ohio
Birth Date: 24 Jul 1902
Father's Name: Henry Douglas Freehafer
Mother's Name: Ada May Bollinger
FHL Film Number: 541344
Henry Douglas Freehafer (1861 - 1932)
Ada May Bollinger Freehafer (1870 - 1943)
Helen Margaret Herrick Freehafer (1905 - 1960)*
Allen Douglas Freehafer (1938 - 1975)*
Blanche Edith Freehafer Burger (1896 - 1988)*
Mary Elizabeth Freehafer Knell (1898 - 1979)*
Iva Lucille Freehafer (1899 - 1900)*
Charles Howard Freehafer (1902 - 1982)
Note: Age 79 Years
Plot: Newer Section
Created by: Judy Farst
Record added: Sep 06, 2010
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