12-06-2011 - Passing of Fred McNeal
Fred R. McNeal Jr.
December 6, 2011
SALEM - Fred R. McNeal Jr., 71 of Salem, passed away at 6:09 a.m. Monday at home with his family at his side.
Fred was a true friend to many people, and knew no strangers. He was often seen at major sporting events, parades, or special duty for the Salem Police Aux. for over 22 years. He touched the lives of many people over his life and will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.
He was born on April 3, 1940 in Salem, to the late Fred R. and Thelma (Tetlow) McNeal Sr.
A lifetime area resident and a 1959 graduate of Salem Senior High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960-1964. He worked in the Automotive section of the Salem Sears store part time for 13 years. He was also employed at NRM Corp. in Columbiana in sales for 26 years and NFM Welding Engineers in Massillon. The last seven years he worked out of his home office as a consultant until 2010. He was the owner/operator of FRM Knife sales where he specialized in sales of hunting, skinning, bowie and pocket knives. He was a member of the Salem Police Auxiliary from July 10, 1986 until he stepped down in 2008. A member of the Salem Amvets Post 45 and currently attended the Salem First Christian Church.
Fred enjoyed life by spending it with the family in outings, going out fishing, or out doing the normal care of the yard. The most recent enjoyment was traveling to sell his knives at gun and knife shows.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 51 years, the former Ruth Brown, his loving daughters, Teresa (Rev. Wayne) Sweely of Paris, Texas, and Sheryl (Thomas) Singer of Salem, brother James (Nancy) McNeal of Salem, and his grandchildren that he loved so much, Tim (Chastity) Singer of Lisbon, Kathleen (David) Peterson of Albuquerque, NM., Lori (Stephone) Henderson of Ft. Hood, Texas, and Steven Sweely of Salem, and a great grand child, Hailie Jennings.
A Celebration of Life Service will be observed at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen Funeral Home with Pastor Leonard J. Moore of the church and assisted by Fred's son-in-law, Rev. Wayne Sweely.
A time of visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
He will be buried in Grandview Cemetery with full military honors from the U.S. Air Force and assisted by the Salem Honor Guard.
The family has asked to have donations to be made to the Salem High School Alumni Association or to the Salem First Christian Church.