Rodney Neel

August 14, 1958 ‒ June 17, 2016

Bellville, Ohio


BELLVILLE: Rodney Dean Neel passed away Friday June 17, 2016 in OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital from injury complications of an off-road sport vehicle accident. He was 57.

He was born August 14, 1958 in Mansfield to parents Daniel & Helen (Carver) Neel. He was graduated from Madison High School with a specialty in Auto Mechanics. He worked as a truck driver for AirGas for 24 years making daily deliveries to local businesses. A beautiful young lady named Karen caught his eye and the pair married on October 2, 1993.

He loved his nephews, nieces, and grandchildren very much. He also loved racing in any kind of dirt, wrenching, hunting, fabricating, and helping others. Rod was a loving husband and amazing Papaw. He has a heart of gold and a youthful soul.

He is survived by his loving wife of 22 years Karen Neel of Bellville; son Eric (Kim) Ferguson of Bellville; daughter Ellen Ferguson of Mansfield; grandchildren Kayla, Reghan, Chloey, Keleigh, Romell, and Zaniya; his mother Helen Neel of Mansfield; siblings Terry (Dan) Evans of Mansfield, Doug (Chris) Neel of Galion, Steve (Kathy) Neel of Perrysville, Connie Henderson of Mansfield, and Bernie Neel of Perrysville; brothers-in-law Scott Evans of Mansfield and Adam (Liz) Burdette of Ashland; sister-in-law Kim (Doug) Arter of Milan; along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and countless friends.

Rod was preceded in death by his father Daniel Neel.

A memorial gathering will be held 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2016 in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home (81 Mill Rd) where friends are invited to call on the family. A private family service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rod’s memory to benefit his medical and final expenses may be made at the gathering (please make checks payable to Snyder Funeral Homes). They can also be mailed to: PO Box 3085, Mansfield, Ohio 44904.

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  • Chris and Doug i am so sorry for your loss, you guys are in my thoughts and prayers along with the rest of your family.

  • I’m so sad to hear about this. Rodney and Karen have insurance where I work and I’ve talked to both of them many times, as well as his mother, Helen. My sympathies go out to you both and to all of his loved ones that I don’t know. Rodney was a great guy. So many of our customers have passed on since I’ve worked there and I often think of them and miss them. I remember Rodney’s dad, Dan and what a nice guy he was. I just wanted you to know I’ll remember Rodney too. My prayers are with you.

  • Doug & Chris,

    With our deepest sympathy, you and your family are in our prayers.

    Gina & Ken

  • Bernie, Doug,Steve and Connie I am so sorry for your loss you are in my prayers

    Randy Harvey

  • Karen: I am so sorry for your devastating loss. So glad I had the chance even if it were brief to see you guys last December. I know your heart must be in pieces and the grief overwhelming. Please know we All Love you and share in your pain. I hope you can trust that he will be at peace and I am sure always an angle on your shoulder watching over you and the entire family. I will say many prayers for all of you to find some peace and comfort in time. God Bless you and the whole family.
    Laura (Evans) Davis

  • Doug and Chris,

    We are so very sorry to hear about the loss of your brother, Rodney. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Kevin & Debbie

  • Aunt Helen, Terry,Connie, Doug, Steve and Bernie; I am so sad to hear of Rodney’s accident and passing. I remember being at Grandma Neels when you brought him home when he was born. He was the light of Uncle Dan’s life. I believe he was met by his dad and will watch over you all until you meet again. My deepest sympathies to all of you.

  • We are so sorry for you loss. Every memory I have of Rod is that of a fun loving, kind, and generous man. When I think of him, I think of him racing, doing what he loved. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you,and give you comfort.

  • oh karen, my heart breaks for you and your family. You and Rod were always favorites of mine, both of you, so warm and fun. I am so sorry for your loss. You have my prayers. Sending love, Mary Elaine and Sabrina

  • Karen & family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Rod was a great man and was always willing to help Nick & Nate with fixing their bikes and give them great advice on racing. Scott, the boys & I thought the world of Rod & will cherish the memories we have of spending time with you all. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.

  • I will always remember Rod as I do the majority of the Neel-Evans family. Family-focused, always there for all the kids’, nieces’, and nephews’ birthdays or family gatherings; watching over the children running around having fun, riding dirt bikes and quads; enjoying the company of brothers/sisters and countless other family members and in-laws. Karen and family (immediate and extended) I am so sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is to lose someone so unexpectedly. My thoughts are with you all.

  • Karen, I’m so sorry to hear the loss of your husband. My prayers are with you and your family.

  • Sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.
    Love John & Joyce Baumholser

  • Remembering Rod and family in this time of sadness. A life taken to soon. I am sure he is in heaven with the heavenly father.

    I was happy to have been Rod’s auto mechanics teacher at Madison.

    May he rest in peace.

  • Karen, I am so sorry to hear the passing of Rod. I did not have the pleasure of meeting him, but I do remember how much in love and happy you were with him. When you talked about him at work your eyes were so full of love and your smile on your face told the love story. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers and my heart aches for your sorrow. I know somewhat of how you are feeling as my son, Brian is in Grant Trauma Center with injuries from an ATV accident that happened on May 25. I have handed this over to God and for his healing. Continuous prayers for you and your family. God Bless you all.

  • Helen and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Pat Holbrook Browning and Ruby Holbrook

  • We were so saddened to hear this news. Can’t imagine how hard this is. Our hearts go out to you all. We are praying God’s comfort and loving arms to be wrapped around you holding you up and giving you the strength you need to carry on. With Sincere Sympathy

  • The Neel family,

    I’m very sorry for your loss. Rodney and I were classmates and played a lot of baseball together while growing up. I haven’t seen him in years since I live in Georgia but I hope you’re all filled with good memories of Rodney’s life.
    Sincerely, Chris

  • Bernie,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. I will keep you and your family in
    my prayers.

  • The Neel Family….thinking of all of you at such a sad time…Prayers to the family…Bob and Linda Shaffer (neighbors from years ago)

  • Karen,
    I cannot express how sad I feel to hear about Rod. I will miss him dearly at the woods, as I know my Dad and brothers will as well. We had so many great talks about hunting, Dad, and anything else that was going on. Rod was a true blessing in my life and I feel very privileged to have known Rod. He was a man you knew you could trust with anything. He was always there to lend a helping hand without hesitation. His laugh. His personality. What a great guy. Hunting and spending time in the woods won’t be the same without him. You, your grandchildren, and the rest of your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I’m so sorry, Karen.

  • Karen,
    Sorry for your loss. I worked with Rodney at AGA Gas up until November 1995 when I moved out of state. He was a great friend and fellow worker. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Ronald and Connie Keck

  • Karen,
    Sorry for your loss. I worked with Rodney at AGA Gas up until November 1995 when I moved out of state. He was a great friend and fellow worker. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Our hearts are with you and we pray for the peace of God to be with you during this time of sorrow and lost. God’s blessings on all of your family.

  • Connie, Karan, so sorry for the Loss of a precious member of a loving family, just know we are praying for your continued strength, God bless and comfort you all in this time of grief. ..

    Garlan & Pat Mccruter

  • To all of Rodney’s family. You have my deepest sympathy. To Doug and your family I am so sorry. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • To all of rod family my deepest symptoms for you lost I worked at service welding where he made delivery twice a week he would do anything to help we would talk about things all the time like kart racing he was a great guy going to miss talking with him