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CHILLICOTHE: Herbert Friedman, 87, died on December 13, 2012 at Traditions of Chillicothe following an extended illness.

He was born on November 17, 1925 in Chillicothe, Ohio to Mortimer and Ruth Schachne Friedman, deceased. Mr. Friedman graduated from Chillicothe High School in 1943 and from The Ohio State University in 1949 earning a degree in Accounting. His college studies were interrupted by his service in the US Army in World War II, during which he served in the effort to liberate Europe.

On September 5, 1948, he married Bettie B. Mathis Friedman, who survives. He is also survived by five daughters: Linda (Stephen) Brown, Chillicothe, Joyce (Timothy) Staab, Chillicothe, Susan (Thomas) Bales, Chillicothe, Nancy (Colin) Ball, Plymouth, Massachusetts and Janet (Russell) Makepeace, Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Friedmans are blessed with 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The grandchildren are: Seth Brown, Chillicothe, Ryan (Anne) Brown, Bexley, Ohio, Kristin Brown (Joseph) Bennett, Chillicothe, Tyler (Jennifer) Steele, Columbus, Ohio, Evan (Heather) Steele, Chillicothe, Preston (Megan) Steele, Overland Park, Kansas, Parker Steele, Brooklyn, New York, Blair Miller (Christopher) Hagstrom, Columbus, Ohio, Garet Miller, Columbus, Ohio, Maxton Barnhart, Chillicothe, Adison Barnhart, Chillicothe and Archer Makepeace, Copenhagen, Denmark. The great-grandchildren are: Paisley Steele, Columbus, Ohio, Lilah Bennett, Chillicothe, Benjamin Brown, Bexley, Ohio and Molly Bennett, Chillicothe.

Mr. Friedman is survived by a brother, Donald (Jane) Friedman, Circleville, Ohio. He also had a brother, Kenneth (Addie) Friedman, Greenfield, Ohio (Addie survives), and a sister, Dorothy Friedman (John) Willis, Rochester, Minnesota, both deceased. His mother-in-law, Blanche Mathis and father-in-law, Sylvester Mathis, Jr. are deceased. Brother-in-law, Luther (Phyllis) Mathis is deceased (Phyllis survives). Other survivors include brothers and sisters-in-law G.V. (Anne) Mathis, Ynema Mathis (Gerald) Parker, Sue Mathis (Jack) Ellis, Katie Mathis (Wilford) Perry, Dorcas Mathis (Andy) Amos, Stacey Mathis (William) Will.

Mr. Friedman was part of the third generation of his family to own and operate Globe Furniture, Inc. of Chillicothe. He retired from the store in 1996. The store is now operated by the fourth and fifth generations.

He was one of the founding members of the Scioto Society, Inc. which produces the outdoor drama "Tecumseh!". He was on the Board of Directors from the inception of the society, and also served as president, secretary and treasurer over the years. Since the first production in 1973, Mr. Friedman rarely missed a performance until this year.

During his service in the army during World War II, he was stricken with a very serious illness and was cared for by Red Cross nurses. He never forgot. Over the years, he devoted his life to the Red Cross as his way of paying back. He was a Board Member of the First Capital District Chapter of the Red Cross and an avid supporter of their blood services, having donated nearly 27 gallons of blood. His dedication to the Red Cross and blood services finally led to the Friedmans' donation of the building now occupied by the First Capital District Red Cross, which was dedicated November, 15, 2012.

Mr. Friedman was involved in many other community service activities, including: multiple terms on the Chillicothe-Ross Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Goodwill Industries Board of Directors, Bristol Village original Board of Directors, Roweton Boys Ranch Board of Directors, Ross County Visitors and Convention Bureau Board of Directors, Ross County Industrial Development Corporation Board of Directors, Kiwanis Club of Chillicothe, Elks Lodge and Symposiarchs of America.

He was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Chillicothe and served as a trustee and elder.

Mr. Friedman received the following awards for community service: Chillicothe Jaycees Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 1966 and 2011, Outstanding Community Service Award for service to the Scioto Society in 1980, Kiwanis Statehood Day Achievement Award in 1989 and Chillicothe Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow in 1994.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 20 at the First Presbyterian Church, Belleview Avenue with Reverends James Grove and Andy Amos officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, December 19, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Haller Funeral Home.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to The Scioto Society, Inc., P.O. Box 73, Chillicothe, OH 45601 or to the First Capital District Red Cross Building Fund, 181 N. Bridge Street, Chillicothe, OH 45601. His online guestbook is available at


Published in the Chillicothe Gazette on Dec. 17, 2012
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