Russell D. ‘Delano’ McNeeley, age 85 of Lima, died at 2:47 a.m., January 27, 2023 at his home. He was born June 8, 1937 in Lafollette, Tennessee to Thomas Edgar and Hattie (Goins) McNeeley, who preceded him in death. On March 28, 1972 he married Karen Sue (Newland) Sandy his dedicated caregiver for the last three years, who always stayed by his side, survives in Lima.
He was preceded in death by a son, Tony R. McNeeley, three brothers – Oba McNeeley, Dalmus McNeeley, and Clarence McNeeley; four sisters – Gertrude Babb, Bernice Smith, Cleo Payne and Mae Dotson.
Survivors also include one daughter – Jane (John) Reynolds of New Hampshire; four grandchildren – Melissa, Mathew, Ashley, and Taylor; and four great grandchildren; one sister-in-law – Sandra (James, deceased) Highland and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. McNeeley retired in 1997, after 25 years, as a senior merchandise manager from the J.C. Penney Company in Lima. He also had been employed, for 16 years, as store manager, for Moore’s, Inc., in the Lima and Dayton areas.
He was a past member of both the Lima Eagles and Elks Club #54.
He loved to read. He was an avid dog lover and had several dogs over the years that he loved, especially his hound dog Bonnie and his Westie – Brittney. He was a sports fan and loved all sport events and attended games whenever possible. He especially loved Ohio State and Tennessee State. He also loved to golf. He never tired of visiting his home state of Tennessee, where he and his wife vacationed often.
He was a people person and was liked by most everyone. We will miss his humor.
A special ‘thank you’ to Jeannette Clark and the whole Interim Healthcare Hospice team he had for their love, support, and comfort they shared at this difficult time. Their extended warmth and friendship were a true benefit. Karen is also very thankful for her cousin, Vicki’s love, support, and being there.
Per his wishes there will be no visitation or showing. A private family burial of the cremated remains will take place at a later date.
Arrangements are being made by Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Allen County Humane Society or the charity of the donor’s choice.