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Richard E. Neal

Jan 2, 2015

Richard E. Neal, 82, of Pikeside, West Virginia died on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 at Meritus Medical Center, Hagerstown, Maryland.

Born Aug. 1, 1932 in Wooster, Ohio, he was the son of the late A.K. Neal and Helen T. Ward Neal.

Following his graduation from Mansfield High School (Class of 1950) and graduation from Wittenberg College, Hamma Divinity School, he accepted a call to Saint Thomas Lutheran Church in Charles Town, in 1957.

After retirement in 2003, he and his wife Carroll moved to Pikeside, West Virginia and became members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Martinsburg.

He was a member and president of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and Student Senate at Wittenberg University. In Jefferson County, he volunteered for the Jefferson County Association for Mental Health, Charles Town General Hospital Board, Jefferson County Board of Education, Jefferson County Ministerial Association, Jefferson County Community Ministries and taught Red Cross swimming lessons for more than 50 years. He enjoyed singing with the Masterworks Chorale at Shepherd University and serving on the CCAP-Loaves and Fishes Board as well as the Caroline Furnace Church Camp Board and Thrivent Leadership Team.

He is survived by his wife, Carroll, of 58 years and four children: Bruce W. Neal of Charlestown, Indiana, Laura A. Neal of Shepherdstown, John S. Neal and wife Valerie of Knoxville, Tennessee and Mary N. Duvall and husband Timothy of Winchester, Virginia. He loved his nine grandchildren: Brad, Jason, and Stephen Neal; Caroline, Benjamin, Madalyn, and Natalie Neal; Sarah and Jack Duvall. He is also survived by a brother Jack D. Neal and a sister Carol A. Neal Carter.

In addition to his parents, he was proceeded in death by a sister Janet L. Neal Schreiber.

A Celebration of Life service was held on Saturday, Dec. 27, at 1 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Martinsburg, with the Rev. Ronald A. Kreiensieck officiating. Interment will be at a later date at Edge Hill Cemetery.

Memorial donations made be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church at 101 West Martin Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401 or St. Thomas Lutheran Church at 119 South Seminary Street, Charles Town, WV 25414.

Arrangements by Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town.

Please sign the online guestbook and view his obituary at www.mtstrider.com.