Neal Lynn Askins

April 05, 1956 ‒ January 18, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

Neal Lynn Askins, 62, of Delaware passed away peacefully on January 18, 2019 after a short battle with cancer.

He was born on April 5, 1956 in Delaware, the son of the late Merle and Joan (McCumber) Askins and he attended Delaware Hayes High School.

Neal worked as a handyman of sorts for anyone and everyone. He was always good with his hands and painting seemed to be his skill he was sought out for. He enjoyed playing and watching golf, watching Ohio State Buckeyes football, attending Jug day every year, and socializing with friends over a cold one. Above all he enjoyed visits with his daughter and grandchildren.

He is survived by his daughter, Dezirae (Ben) Wilcox of Wooster; 3 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Jeff (Lauretta) and Britt; 3 nieces, 4 nephews, several great nieces, great nephews and a host of friends.

In addition to his parents, Neal was preceded in death by his brother Kim Askins and his sister Colleen Whitacre.

The family wishes to thank the many doctors, nurses, Hospice, and Lauretta Askins for their compassionate care for the last few months.

There will be no services at this time. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is assisting the family.

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  • I offer my condolences and deepest sympathy to the family of Neal Lynn Askins. May the God of all comfort, comfort you during this difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God has made a promise for all of those who have died. – Acts 24:15

  • I was so saddened to hear about the loss of Neal. He was such a good guy. I have wonderful memories of good times with Neal. He was one of my favorite people to go listen to great music with. I am so very sorry Dezarae and to all the family and friends. He will be missed!!! You all are in my prayers!

  • This is so sad to hear. I really loved Neil. We hung out for a few years when I worked at the West End. He literally saved my life once. One of the most genuinely nice people I’ve ever met. I’m sorry for the family’s loss. RIP.

  • What a nice guy! Neal and I grew up together on N. Franklin St. He had a sweet Mom, Joann. Prayers of comfort and peace to his family. He will be missed. I am glad he is at peace now- no suffering and reunited with his Mom and siblings. Love to all.

  • Dear Jeff and Lauretta,
    Our prayers and sympathy are with you during this sad time in your life. Take comfort in the many happy memories you must have of your brother and know that he is in a happier place.
    Anne and Paul Melko

  • Jeff, Lauretta, and Taylor I’m so sorry for the loss of your love one. Losing a loved one is tragic, but is now in hi heavenly home where is no more pain and suffering. He has a perfect body and enjoying his new home. Keep in your heart all the happy memories you had with him. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers. Sending y’all much love.

  • Good guy and friend over the years, sorry to see him go. Another good one gone. I’m beginning to think we’re getting old. Played a lot of baseball with all the Asking boys back in the day. Great family

  • Very shocked to see Neals photograph here. I certainly was not expecting that. I can hear his voice now very mild-mannered and laid-back kind of guy . I worked with him a lot all over town but mostly at londontown Apartments where he was a maintenance Man. Neal was always willing to lend a helping hand and even worked on a couple of my jobs with me when I was short on help you will be missed my friend.
    RIP , Keith Rose

  • I was so surprised to hear of Neal’s passing. He was such a kind, nice and funny guy. Unfortunately, it has been some time since I last saw him, but Neal was everyone’s friend and he always could put a smile on my face. I will always keep your smiling face in my memories, Neal!! My heart goes out to his family.

  • I met Neal at Willis. He was a great guy and had some laughs both there and at Hayes. Deeply miss our classmates when they pass.Prayers for the family.

  • One of my best friends from years ago. Always had a shoulder to cry on or time for some good laughs. Had a great phone conversation with him last summer. He will be greatly missed.

  • My condolences to the family. Neal was a good guy and glad I met him.R.I.P. Neal. Love and Peace ☮️

  • My condolences go out to the family. We played a lot of ball together back in the day. When i would see him around town in our later years it was always good to see him. Brought back a lot of good memories growing up. RIP brother