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Walter McNeely

October 9, 1933 - July 6, 2013

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Thursday, July 11, 2013 2:00 PM Vernon Funeral Home

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Wednesday, July 10 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Vernon Funeral Home

On July 6th, 2013, as the rest of the world awoke, Walt finally was able to sleep, eternally. Having survived nine (yes 9!) heart attacks, and a stroke, on this morning he chose to fight no more. It was a peaceful transition. Born on October 8th, or 9th (long story!) 1933 in Martin County, Kentucky the 9th of 10 children to James and Essie (Jackson) McNeely. Being the son of a coal miner, he decided at the tender age of 15, to move north to better find his place in the world. As a young man he worked various jobs until starting McNeely’s Shell Service Station at 415 S. Main St, Urbana in 1963. After years of success at this location, he moved his family to New Mexico for a short piece before returning to Urbana to ultimately open McNeely’s Shell at 331 N. Main, Urbana. He was a member of the Urbana Downtown Business Association. Eventually, as age and the repeated health issues persisted, he ‘downsized’ the business from full service to a tire shop that he was extremely proud of. It is still an active business. He retired in 2011 after close call #7. He missed working the rest of his days while on this earth, as he was accustomed to always having a project car to work on. There are few who appreciated automobiles as much. He loved fast, flashy cars! He enjoyed traveling, and at one time, golf and fishing with his best buddy, Bobby Kimball, His interest in golf and fishing faded as he no longer had his lifelong friend by his side. In early 1960, he met and fell head-over-heels in love with Evalena Skaggs. They married on December 23, 1960. He was a patient and understanding father to 3 children, Pamela K. Stairwalt (Steven), Kimberly K. McNeely, (deceased), and Walter Kevin McNeely. His grandson, Ashley Heath Short, was the light of his life, as was his other grandchildren, Bianca P.N. Tropeano, and Lake McNeely Stairwalt. His favorite (and only) little sister survives, Betty Lowe, of Lovely Ky. He was widowed in 2002 and he has lost his parents, brothers, Ercle, Ed, Bill, Bob, and his sisters, Dora, Julie, Dixie, and Emma, as well as his daughter Kim. He was every ones favorite uncle, cousin, brother and friend, and all they were his favorite in return. He never hesitated to help a friend, or stranger, and was just as likely to give his favorite waitress an enormous tip, as he was to give a perfect stranger warm clothes and diapers for their children. His quiet, unassuming manner made him the man no one disliked, as he disliked no one. He will be missed by many. He once said that he thought older people who did not impart their knowledge and kindness onto youngsters, were heading toward the intersection of ‘Forgotten, and Forgettable”. Pretty sure he found the detour around that! May his soul soar to all the places he hoped it would. Walt was not a ‘flowery’ kind of man. So in lieu of flowers, his family would ask of you to donate the price of a bouquet instead, to The Caring Kitchen, 300 Miami St, Urbana, OH 43078, as he supported them often by providing goods and services to the shelter and/or their residents. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, July 10, 2013 in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday in the funeral home with Pastor Roger Childers officiating. Burial will follow in Nettlecreek Cemetery, Westville. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


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Aileen McLaughlin Horch - Jul 10, 2013

My condolences to the entire family on such a great loss. Such a sweet and gentle man. That sweetness was passed on to Ashley who was always so very kind to my special needs son, Christopher.

Rusty Shafer - Jul 9, 2013

Pam & family: Walt worked on numerous cars for me throughout the years. I always had the highest & utmost respect for him. He was a good mechanic and an even better man. My thoughts are with all of you at this time of Walt’s passing over to eternity…God Bless, Rusty Shafer

Rusty Shafer - Jul 9, 2013

Pam & family: Walt worked on numerous cars for me throughout the years. I always had the highest & utmost respect for him. He was a good mechanic and an even better man. My thoughts are with all of you at this time of Walt’s passing over to eternity…God Bless, Rusty Shafer

Billy Maynard & Phyllis Schaffer - Jul 9, 2013

Dad & I are so sorry for your loss, Dad was very upset to here of his passing. You entire family is in our thoughts and prayerserndmy

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