James L. “Jim” Neel

June 06, 1936 ‒ March 15, 2008

Ontario, Ohio

ONTARIO: James L. “Jim” Neel, 68, of Ontario, died Saturday afternoon March 15, 2008 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital.

He was born June 6, 1939 in Mansfield to Edgar and Leone (Derror) Neel, attended Ontario High School and remained a lifelong area resident.

For 25 years Jim worked in the brass assembly division of Peabody Barnes.

He was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, and was the self-proclaimed “Mayor of Ireland Drive,” the street developed by his grandparents, where all of his family lived at one time or another.

Jim liked to be outdoors, tending to his gardens. Of his vegetables, he was renowned for his tomatoes ~ seems he delivered them to everybody in Ontario. And the flowers around his home included irises of all colors and dozens of different rose varieties.

He liked the plants, but he loved animals, his Pugs Freddy & Roscoe in particular. So fastidious was he about their care, he insisted that they only eat fried chicken, that was shredded!

Jim had a gift of gab and sense of humor, when blended with an ornery side often came out in print on his T-shirts.

He is survived by a sister Virginia Miovac of Youngstown, a sister and brother-in-law Mary & Guy Fugitt of Mansfield; brother and sister-in-law Daniel & Helen Neel and brother Frank Neel all of Mansfield; 21 nieces and nephews; and cherished supportive friends including Bill Backensto of Lucas and Mike & Judy Craze, Evelyn Wagner and Val Miller all of Ontario.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law Richard & Sarah Neel, a brother-in-law Joe Miovac, and a sister-in-law Marilyn Neel.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, March 18, 2008 from 5-8 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue (Former Finefrock Funeral Home), where the funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. The Revs. Marilou Brook and David E. Case, Jr. will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society may be made at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made to the Neel Family by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com