Rick Fryman, Columbus MSBL League President, Passes Away at 56

Richard R. Fryman, 56, of Napoleon, passed away unexpectedly at his residence on Wednesday, January 31, 2024. He was born on July 24, 1967, in Napoleon, Ohio to E. John Fryman, Jr. and Janice (Warehime) Fryman.

Rick was a 1985 graduate of Napoleon High School and a 1989 graduate of Malone College, Canton, Ohio. He was the owner and president of TC Marketing & Top Class Logistics, Napoleon. Rick was involved in several baseball programs, including the Columbus Men’s Adult Baseball League where he managed the Pirates for 40 years and also served as President of the league for 12 years. Last summer, he was head coach of the Patrick Henry ACME baseball team. Rick was a huge Michigan fan, loved baseball, especially the Detroit Tigers, and was also a big Patrick Henry Patriots fan where he loved to watch his grandchildren participate in athletics.

Surviving are his wife, Celeste; daughter, Karlee Fryman of New Albany, OH; stepchildren, Brett Belding of Clark Lake, MI, Bryan (Anita) Hieber of Hamler, OH, and Andrea Hieber of San Deigo, CA; step-grandchildren, Bo Prince, Malone Hieber, Meyta Hieber, and Mack Hieber; siblings, E. John (Trina) Fryman III of Bryan, OH, and Sue (David) Bowen of Fremont, IN; nieces and nephews, Ethan Fryman, Irelyn Fryman, Luke (Kacie) Bowen, Lindsey (Brad) Hicks and Cody Beldon; great nieces and nephews, Blake, Lilah, Boston, and Lauren Hicks. Rick was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends and family will be received at the Rodenberger-Gray Funeral Home, Napoleon, on Sunday, February 4, 2024, from 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, February 5, 2024, at 11:00 AM with an hour of visitation prior to services. The interment will take place at Forest Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Patrick Henry Athletic Department, Henry County Humane Society, the Napoleon Senior Little League or to Napoleon City Parks and Recreation for the youth baseball program. Online condolences and messages may be shared with the family at rodenbergergray.com.

“I received the most unexpected and sad news yesterday about the passing of my dear friend, Rick Fryman.

I immediately felt an emptiness and loss.  There was no more dedicated League President and MSBL National supporter.  It is now 24 hours after receiving the news and I am still shaken by it.

We should all feel fortunate, in some sense, that we all had Rick’s friendship and trust.  He will be missed and forever irreplaceable.

Rick, I am sure heaven will welcome such a good soul.”

With our deepest condolences,

Steve Sigler and the National MSBL Family

MSBL profiled Rick and the Columbus MSBL on our national website in May of 2023.  Below is that story.

‘MSBL League President Spotlight: Rick Fryman, Columbus (OH) Men’s Baseball League’