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Robert E. "Bob" Neal

Born: Sun., May 2, 1948
Died: Thu., Jun. 30, 2016


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Tue., Jul. 05, 2016
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Tue., Jul. 05, 2016
Location: William F. Young Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Jul. 06, 2016
Location: West Sunbury Presbyterian Church

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The West Sunbury community lost a wonderful, loving and caring man on Thursday evening, June 30, 2016.   Robert E. “Bob” Neal, age 68, passed at his home after a tragic accident.

Bob was born May 2, 1948 in Kittanning, PA.  He was the son of the late Delano F. “Barney” Neal and the

late Helen M. (Shick)Neal.  He was a member of the West Sunbury Presbyterian Church.  Bob proudly served his county during Vietnam as an aircraft mechanic for the United States Air Force.  He continued to serve his country by serving with the United States Army Reserves in Butler for twenty years.  Bob was a past commander of the American Legion Post 243 in West Sunbury.

Bob had a story to tell and a joke or two for everyone he met.   He was a farm boy from his first breath until his last.  He grew up helping his father with the farm and his prize show horses.  He was a union carpenter for years and, of course, he brought the job home with him.  One never knew what he was going to build or add to his home next.  After Bob hurt his leg, he retired from Valley Bus Lines and became a full-time “Pappy”.

Bob met his wife, Dianne, and knew she was his love and they were married nineteen years ago on June 21, 1997.  A man that thought his three wonderful children had his heart full of love, never realized Dianne’s girls would make it overflow.  His world changed forever.  Bob was always there to lend a hand and he would help anyone that would ask or if they just looked like they needed him.  He always had a smile on his face and was so happy.  Part of the reason for the huge smile, was his eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. They were truly his “pride and joy”.  Whether it was a sporting event, a play, or grandparents lunch, he loved being with them.  Those “kiddos’ could do no wrong.  He loved to joke and pick on them and they would all give him the same response, “Ahhhh Pap!”

Bob is survived by his loving and broken hearted wife, Dianne(LeGrand)Neal, his sons, James Neal and John(Mary Jo)Neal, his daughters, Angela(Jason)Geibel, Paula(Jeff)Painter and Stacy(Joseph Bowser)Riding, eleven grandchildren, Sarahlea(Richard)Humes, Bill(Crystal)Scott, Dylan Neal, Camren  Neal, JoElla Neal, Shianne Painter, Blayde Painter, Averi Riding, Bishop Riding, Layden Painter, Jaylynn Geibel and six great grandchildren, Devon Humes, Blaze Humes, Jayme Morrison, Elijah Scott and Zoey Scott.  Also surviving are his two nephews, James Mains and Michael Koski and his special friend, who was like a sister, Marceel Torres.

Bob is preceded in death by one sister, Nancy Koski.

The family will receive friends at the William F. Young Funeral Home, 132 Main Street West Sunbury from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 Tuesday, July 5, 2016.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at the West Sunbury Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jeffrey Lang, his pastor, officiating.  Everyone is asked to please meet at the church.

Burial will be private.

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Kathy Lutz
   Posted Sun July 03, 2016
My deepest sympathies Diane, to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Frank William Brown and Family
   Posted Tue July 05, 2016
Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies. Bob was a great friend to me and my family. I am at a loss for words but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

Bob and Joanne Burgoon
   Posted Tue July 05, 2016
We are so sorry for your loss. Bob was a great friend and will be sorely missed.
We have so many memories of Bob and the kids.
Hugs to Jim, John and Angie. So sorry we can't be there.

Judy Grossman Merchant
   Posted Tue July 19, 2016
Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband,Bob. I went to Moniteau with Bob,would go down to see his Dad's horses as I just lived up the hill from him.He was a very kind man12.

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