William R. Fraunfelter went home to his Saviour and Lord on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. He came to know the Lord as his Saviour at a young age and was a true man of strength and faith in Christ Jesus that showed daily in his life.
He was a member of Truth Baptist Church, West Salem. He was born August 8, 1927 to Maretta (Hadley) and Walter Fraunfelter in Jeromesville, Ohio. William married his wife Ruth (Trapp) Fraunfelter on August 17, 1957, she preceded him in death in 1987.
William leaves behind many loving friends in both Ohio and West Virginia who meant a lot to him especially Norma Lance. William is survived by his daughters, Karen Poling of St. Mary’s, West Virginia, Sharon Swanson of Ashland, Cheryl (Michael) Becker of West Salem; also six grandchildren, Jason Poling of Cutler, Ohio, Lindsey Poling of Morgantown, West Virginia, Benjamin (Megan) Swanson of Nankin, Ohio, Brandon (Cassie) Swanson of Sullivan, Justin Becker and Cameron Becker of West Salem; along with six great-grandchildren; sister, Eileen Herr of Medina.
William was preceded in death by his sisters and brothers, Paul Fraunfelter, Ruth Strang, Glenna Dague, Bonnie (Thompson) Daughty and Leroy Fraunfelter.
William’s hobbies included woodworking, antiques, and going to auctions. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945-1949 on the USS Cleveland Naval Ship then moved to Arizona after the service. He served as a fire fighter in rural protection and worked in construction at the Carpenters’ Local Union while in Arizona. William later moved to Ashland, and finally settled in West Salem, where he lived most of his life, before going to live with his daughter in West Virginia for the last several years. William worked at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield for over 32 years as a prison guard, maintenance supervisor and carpenter instructor before retiring in 1986. He served as an Ohio State Highway Auxiliary Patrolman for 25 years out of the Ashland Highway Patrol Post. He was a 32nd degree Masonic Mason at the West Salem Masonic lodge, a member of the American Legion Post 88 of Ashland and James Stevenson American Legion Post 499 of West Salem.
Masonic services will be Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 2 P.M. at Matteson Funeral Home, West Salem. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 P.M., Sunday, at the Northview Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, Wooster. A Celebration of Life service will be held Monday, April 7, 2014 at 11 A.M. at the Northview Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, 3464 Burbank Rd., Wooster, with viewing one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Jeromesville Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in William’s name to Truth Baptist Church, P.O. Box 96, West Salem, OH or Maple Lane Freewill Baptist Church, 11862 Hebron Rd., St. Mary’s, WV 26170.
Online condolences may be shared at the funeral home website at www.mattesonfh.com