12 March: “I received word that Fred Neely from Lauralville, formerly from Lancaster, passed away last evening after a protracted fight with COPD. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.
While many of you might not have known Fred, as he hadn't been modeling for some time due to his health issues, he was an active member of the division for a number of years. Along with the late Fritz Prosch, we built and operated a Sn3 modular layout for a number of years at division functions. He was an excellent modeler and a great friend.
Harry "Butch" Sage
12 March: All, Sad news indeed... Just spotted on Facebook that Dale Kennedy, founder of The Smoke Stack Hobby Shop in Lancaster passed away March 8th.... I hate losing people that I know....
12 March: I didn’t know that Dale Kennedy passed too. I did know him.
13 March: Paul "Fred" Neely, Jr.
Laurelville - Paul (Fred) Neely, Jr., 64 of Laurelville passed away on Monday, March 11, 2019 at the Pickering House. Fred fought a valiant battle against COPD and is now at peace. He was born on November 15, 1954 in Lancaster.
Fred is survived by his wife of 44 years Ida Eveland Neely, daughter and son-in-law Sara Neely Ledbetter and Levi Ledbetter, son and daughter-in-law Travis Neely and Jessica Beatty Neely, three amazing grandsons James, Austin and Boone, brother and sister-in-law Mike and Michelle Neely, sister and brother-in-law Pam and Tim Bernthold, many nieces and nephews and very special friends Bill and Cheri Matson. He was preceded in death by his Dad and Mom Fred Sr. and Margaret Neely and brother Brad Neely.
He loved his cats and will be sadly missed by Tyson and Chloe. Fred was a proud Union Sheet Metal Worker and if you look at the Columbus skyline, you cannot miss the multitude of buildings where he hung duct work. He loved THE Ohio State Buckeyes! His hobbies were building model trains, photography, fishing, and building beautiful furniture pieces. He was a longtime volunteer at the Hill Gate of the Lancaster Festival and so enjoyed working with Joella Stapp and the many other Volunteers.
The family wants to share their extreme gratitude to the staff of FairHoPe Hospice and the Pickering House during this time of need.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 10:30AM on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Sheridan Funeral Home with Chaplain Kermit Welty officiating. Interment will follow in Floral Hills Memory Gardens. Visitation will be on Friday, March 15 from 2-4 and 6-8PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to FairHoPe Hospice in Fred's memory. To send an online condolence and sign guestbook, please visit www.sheridanfuneralhome.net and click obituaries.
Published in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette on Mar. 13, 2019