Neil “BEAR” A. McElroy

March 25, 1948 - January 20, 2022
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“BEAR” Neil A. McElroy, age 73 of Cridersville, passed away on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at his home. He was born March 25, 1948, in Lima, Ohio to the late Nathan Eugene and Berthamae (Mechling) McElroy. On August 24, 1974, he married Lori E. Dawson, who survives. As a young man, Neil served his countryContinue Reading

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Your daughter, Laurene Lewis-Cale left a message on January 23, 2022:
My Dearest Daddy O, what does a daughter say to to the man she called her hero… knowing she will never hear your voice on the other end of the phone again when I call and ask you something silly, talk to you about my animals or just to tell you I love you and just to hear you tell me you love me too…. You called me a few weeks ago and left me a message and I keep playing it over and over just to hear your voice….. it will help me heal in the days ahead. I know this is just our temporary home and you now are with GOD suffering no more. I LOVE YOU DADDY O and was blessed to have been your daughter. ???♥️
Your daughter, Laurene Lewis-Cale left a message on January 23, 2022:
In memory of Neil A. "BEAR" McElroy, Your daughter, Laurene Lewis-Cale lit a candle
Bob & Billie Conner left a message on January 23, 2022:
To Lori and family, I am very sorry for your loss. Neal was very generous when it came to different organizations around Cridersville. He will be greatly missed by many around the Village. Thank you for your service. Rest in peace
Your daughter, Laurene Lewis-Cale left a message on January 23, 2022:
So many memories, where do I begin….Daddy O I know miles seemed to keep us apart and life seemed to always seemed to be happening but you and I always knew we loved each other. Before your health started to fail there wasn’t a time I couldn’t call you and you wouldn’t answer. I knew you were always a phone call away. Hearing your voice always had a way of calming me. Gave me a peace. One memory that stands out at this time is when I was 19 and I was getting married to Carissa’s dad. You, Lori, Nathan and Grandma all came to be there so you would me down the isle. You told me you wouldn’t miss that for the world. As we stood there in that room, just you and I, you told me how much you loved me and that no matter what you would always be there for me and I would always be daddy’s little girl regardless how old I got. And in your eyes I was so beautiful and at that moment we walked down the isle arm in arm. It was our own moment that I’ll cherish always. You will live forever in my heart Daddy O so until we see each other again…. ????your girl, Laurie
Patti Libert left a message on January 22, 2022:
To the Family of "Bear" Bear will be missed by all who knew him. I would like to post a Eulogy Poem that I wrote for a Soldier who also was a Patriotic hero. It's called "A Soldiers Final Battle" God be with your family at this sorrowful time in your lives. "A Soldiers’ Final Battle" Soldiers fight many battles. But some battles take a toll on us, A battle that ravishes our bodies and minds. There’s no decisive weapon to conquer, No Foxhole to seek shelter. We face an Enemy that is determined to win the Fight. It’s acceptable to put down our weapons, And surrender our body and soul for the greater Victory. The purpose of being one of GOD’s greatest Soldiers. The greatest Victory of all! At Ease Soldier…. Goodnight Patti Libert (Angie's Mother)
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