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Wayne Alan Neely

April 19, 1925 August 13, 2014
Wayne Alan Neely
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Wayne Alan Neely, age 89, passed away peacefully on August 13, 2014 at Twin Towers in Cincinnati, OH. Born April 19, 1925, in Pittsburgh to Glen Wayne and Stella Wells Neely, he grew up with his three sisters in Oak Park, Illinois, played the violin and sang in church choirs. He attended Oak Park River Forest High School, where he played soccer, wrestled and ran track. As a teenager he also developed an avid interest in photography, a hobby he continued to enjoy throughout his life. When World War II broke out, Wayne worked as a cabin boy on his mother�s cousin�s ore boat and had visions of joining the Navy. After graduating high school, he took the train down to the University of Illinois at Urbana and enrolled in the V-12 program for junior naval officers. After qualifying to move on in the program after his freshman year Wayne elected to study mechanical engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, since it was close to his family. While in college he wrestled on the practice squad and was a member of the Pi Tau Sigma and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor societies. Following graduation from Northwestern in 1946, Wayne worked for a patent law firm in Chicago. He became a registered Patent Agent and attended Chicago Kent College of Law, but changed course after a couple of years towards business. He received his MBA from Northwestern and accepted a job with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati in 1950. Wayne�s career at P&G spanned 39 years, where he worked in the toilet goods and paper goods divisions, and made numerous life-long friends. Prior to his retirement in 1990, he managed capital budgets in the Paper Manufacturing Office at their Center Hill campus. Wayne married his wife, Barbara, in 1952. They had 53 wonderful years together, raising their four children. He was a very devoted, involved father, always encouraging his children in their academic, musical and athletic pursuits. He coached their soccer teams and led the local Boy Scout troop for many years. Wayne also loved the outdoors and nature. His favorite family activities were camping and hiking in Kentucky and Michigan, and visiting the Cincinnati Zoo. He treasured taking photos of the family on their outings and then developing them in his home darkroom with his oldest son, John. In retirement Wayne volunteered his time and talents to tutoring GED students and with Barbara sponsored foreign students attending the University of Cincinnati. He and Barbara loved to attend CCM concerts. He developed an avid interest in genealogy and enjoyed years of researching and documenting the family�s ancestry as far back as 1540. He and Barbara treasured many trips to Illinois, New York, New Jersey, and California to visit their children and grandchildren, as well as trips out West and to Europe. In his later years, he took up painting and sang in the Twin Towers choir. He was the devoted and treasured husband of the late Barbara (nee Elliott) Neely, loving father of Martha (Edward) Seaton, John (Leslie) Neely, Linda (Michael) Zinner, and Thomas Neely, proud grandfather of Jessica and Katherine Seaton, Christine and Laura Neely, Stephanie (Mark) Herrmann, Daniel and Glen Zinner, Tyler and JoBeth Neely, and dear brother of Ruth (Edgar) Sturkey and the late Bonnie Johnson and Doris Vidmar. He is also survived by 16 nieces and nephews. A memorial service to honor Wayne�s memory will be held at 4:30 pm, August 31, 2014, at Twin Towers Chapel. If desired, the family requests memorial donations are directed to Twin Towers, LEC Foundation, 5343 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45224.

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