James R. Neal, 76, of Belleville, IL, born Wednesday, January 10, 1945, in Bath, ME, passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at his residence in Belleville, IL.
James was a Veteran with the United States Marines, serving from 1962 to 1966. He finished his career as an EMT for Abbott Ambulance Service in Belleville. Prior to that, he worked 15+ years as an EMT in Bangor, Maine. James had several professions in his life, from meat-cutter to re-upholstering furniture, but his greatest accomplishments included building his own home for his family, being a loving father & grandfather, and being married to his best friend and love of his life for almost 51 years.
He was preceded in death by his:
Parents: Donald and Mildred, nee Bates, Neal
Surviving are his:
Wife: Rella, nee Martin, Neal of Belleville, IL
Son: Michael (Wendy) Neal of Belleville, IL
Katherine and Daniel Neal
Bryan and Scott Throgmorton
Nephew and Nieces
Many other dear nieces and nephews in Canada and the U.S.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. https://www.michaeljfox.org/
Memorial Gathering: Memorial Gathering will be held at 4:00 – 7:00 pm, Sunday, March 21, 2021 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville.