Thanks for the suggestion guy's. Removed the door panel last night, layed it flat and sprayed WD-40 around the handle area overnight. I was able to break the freeze this morning by adding some 3 in 1 oil. For the last few years I took charge of cleaning the stove for my Dad since he had treatments for cancer which eventually took him. He forgot to mention about oiling the handle and more embarrasingly I never thought to oil or clean that very essential part. Now that I am thoroughly familar with how it works I can now direct my wife how to clean that as well!!
Good thing she dosen't read this forum