Richard M. “Dick” Friebel
Richard M. “Dick” Friebel, age 90, of Shelby, died early Thursday morning, May 12, 2022 at the home of his daughter, Denise.
Dick was born March 15, 1932 in Sylvania, Ohio, to the late Walter and Otillia (Hoehn) Friebel. He was a 1951 graduate of Shelby High School. Dick was a veteran of the United States Army serving during the Korean War from 1952-1954. He served on the front lines and, for his service, was awarded a Bronze Star Medal and a Combat Infantry Badge. Upon his return to Shelby from Korea, he was a farmer and worked for Friebel and Hartman prior to beginning his career at Sears. He worked at Sears until his retirement in 1991 and managed their Paint, Electric, and Toy Departments. However, Dick’s “work” never ceased, but merely his hobbies and passions became his life’s work.
Dick’s green thumb and love for gardening was a major part of not only his life, but also his entire family’s lives as well. From his many years of cantaloupe farming to supply produce for Friebel’s Farm Market to growing multiple varieties of flowers for Friebel’s Greenhouse, which he owned and operated from 1974-1999, his passion was always evident. Even after the closing of the greenhouse, he continued to have a personal greenhouse where he would tend to his flowers which often ended up being gifted to others. For over 20 years, starting in 1994, Dick was the largest Olde Whalers Candle distributor which all took place at his “warehouse”. It was not just candles that were distributed, and eventually made, at the warehouse, but also was a place which created many great memories, housed other hobbies and businesses, and served as a home to his well-known collection. It was at the warehouse that he, his brother, Butch, and friend, Carl Sifferlin, manufactured, painted, and sold cornhole boards for their company (BC&D), making over 2,000 sets over the years. Later, his passion and obsession for collecting Beanie Babies needed a homebase, and the warehouse served as that space for his collection of over 35,000. He traveled multiple states many times over to add to the collection of which he was so immensely proud. But no matter what happened during the day or week at the warehouse, Happy Hour was a staple every Friday at 5 pm where friends and family would gather to unwind from the week- something that Dick would never miss.
Dick was so very proud of his entire family and instilled in them the true meaning of hard work whether that be with assisting with the gardening, to helping with candle packing, to even being the driving instrument and encourager to each grandkid working and selling sweet corn each year at their stand. Dick was a longtime member, 38 years to be exact, of the Shelby Y where he faithfully went each and every morning at its opening to swim and exercise. He was also a lifetime member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, always actively supporting St. Mary School and its mission, and was a member of the Shelby Knights of Columbus Council 1968 where he was a 3rd Degree Knight and had been for over 70 years.
Dick is survived by his children: Becky (Victor) Morris of Shelby, Shelly (Mike) Gwirtz of O’Neals, CA, Mark (Julie) Friebel of Shelby, and Denise Carriere of Shelby; grandchildren: Nikki (Jason) Fortman, Heidi (Josh) Hoffman, Abby (Jeff) Payne, Richele (John) Bruno, Joshua (Katrina) Gwirtz, Terra (Brad) Edris, Michael Friebel, Danny Friebel, Alana (Eddie) Wagoner, Joe (Jayde) Carriere, and Jacob Carriere; 16 great grandchildren; siblings: Tina Cooper, Raphael “Butch” Friebel, Brother John Friebel, OFM, and Theresa (Mike) Lake; sister-in-law: Glenda Friebel; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Berniece “Mickey” (Albert) Friebel, whom he wed on October 1, 1955. Also preceding him in death was his son-in-law: Paul Carriere; and siblings: Roman Friebel, Marie Maier, Wally Friebel, Bob Friebel, and Gerald “DoDo” Friebel.
Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, from 4-7 pm, where a rosary will be recited at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, May 23, 2022 at 10:30 am at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby. Father Chris Mileski will be the celebrant with Fr. Rick Friebel, Dick’s nephew, and Fr. John Missler, concelebrating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary School, Shelby Y, or OhioHealth Hospice and left in care of the funeral home.
For those unable to attend, sympathy may be expressed by leaving an online condolence on Dick’s obituary at www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on his obituary post on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.