Born: January 10, 1945 - Deceased: March 17, 2021
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
- Richard Neal
- Robert Neal
- David 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
- Robert Neal
- Tammy York
- Brenda Neal
- 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.