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Charles E. Frieze


Charles E. Frieze, 78, of Columbus, OH, died November 21, 2016, of complications from COPD. Chuck was born in Columbus on June 28, 1938, to the late Charles W. Frieze and Helen Phyllis Carlisle.  Chuck married the love of his life, Yolanda Franklin on July 9, 1961 at Neil Ave. Methodist Church in Columbus.  In addition to his wife of 55 years, he is survived by two daughters, Melissa (Eric) Karolak and Michelle Sexton and a granddaughter, Kasia Karolak.  He is also survived by a brother-in-law, C. Nelson Franklin, a sister-in-law Irene (Melvin) Clagg, and numerous nieces and nephews. Chuck was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Opal W. Franklin, a son-in-law, Sanford (Sam) Stanley Sexton, III, as well as by his sister, Linda Kay Frieze, and his parents. He enjoyed the company of his grand-dogs Tyson and Sunny and his grand-cats Smokey, Chester and Cali immensely. A 1957 graduate of Central High School, Charles served two years of active duty with the US Seventh Army, 1st Battalion 333d Artillery in Oklahoma and Germany in 1961-1963.  Chuck had a life-long love affair with the automobile and was an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) master auto mechanic who worked for many years at Rodenfels on Broad St.  He finished his career at Columbus State Community College where he was a full-time faculty member in the automotive technology department for more than two decades when he retired in 1999.  Chuck had an uncanny ability to take things apart and put them back together again.  He was an avid motorcyclist and was a life a member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, Chapter H, where he and his wife earned numerous recognitions; together they travelled all 48 contiguous states.  Chuck was also a life member of the National Rifle Association, an avid camper, loved the Buckeyes, and could tell a good story, too.  He was generous to family, friends and those in need and belonged to Maize Road Baptist Church in Columbus. After a private cremation, there will be a celebration of his life on January 14, 2017 at Ohio Cremation & Memorial Society, 5464 North High St, Columbus, OH 43214, at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his honor to the American Humane Society or the Columbus State Foundation.  Visit to leave messages for the family.


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  • Phil & Kathi Weber says:

    Our hearts were sadden with the news of Chucks passing. We are so Blessed to have been apart of his and your life. All the motorcycle trips, camping adventures, and the Alaska Cruise will always be Wonderful Memories sharing with you and your family.
    I pray God will send his angels to comfort you and the girls through this difficult time.
    We Love you and know your in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Phil and Kathi Weber
    Fort Myers, FL

  • Herb Guyer-Sharfenaker USMC says:

    Charles E. Frieze United States Army.
    Stationed Oklahoma and Germany.
    Alumni Columbus State CC.
    Gold wing road riders,Chapter H.

    God Bless and Thank YOU,Chuck for your service… RIP … And Semper Fi… Soldier

  • Bruce and Brenda Smith says:

    Yolanda we were so sad to hear of Chuck’s passing. We thought a lot of Chuck and we love you both. We were so glad that we met you and Chuck and that we became good friends. The two of you are great people and we loved and so enjoyed all of the good times riding our motorcycles and all of the great trips we took together with our B-3 group. We pray that God will give you the comfort and strength during this time of loss. Even though it is so hard it will give you peace just knowing that Chuck is no longer in pain but he is now in the arms of the Lord. God Bless you Yolanda.

  • Ike & Mary Claypool says:

    Dear Yolanda,

    We were so sorry to hear about Chuck, but we know that your family are with you. If we can do anything just let us know.

  • Wendell and Sue says:

    So sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in our prayers.
    We had many good times with you and Chuck. He will be missed by a
    lot of people. Praying

  • Leila Young says:

    Yolanda and Family, I am SO sorry for your loss. Chuck will be greatly missed among his family and friends. Words fail to express my heart-felt loss of a great friend.

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