August 14, 1958 ‒ June 17, 2016
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.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Rod’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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