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 https://ohiocremation.org/obituaries/ to leave messages for the family.
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