November 23, 1942 - June 9, 2021
William (Bill) Russell Neale passed away on the 9th of June, 2021 at the age of 78. He was born on November 23rd, 1942 at the Army Air Base in Orlando, FL to Colonel Russell Neale and Margaret Neale. Bill was married for 25 years to and is survived by Sara Lee Neale (Pethtel) (RN, MSN) (Apollo Beach, FL). Between them they had 5 children and 7 grandchildren, all surviving: Kevin Neale (BS, MPS) (Marie, Brendan, Chicago, IL); Erin Pockett (BA) (Brad Pockett, Trevor, Justin, Cincinnati, OH); Andrew Arnette (BSM, MBA, Ph.D.) (Rachael (Ph.D.), Laramie, WY); Wendy Barcleen (BA, ME) (Spencer Barcleen (BA), Eli, Joel, Raleigh, NC); and Dustin Arnette (BA, JD) (Shannon, Amelie, Everett, Menifee, CA). His cousin, Mary Jane Neale (BA, MA) (Michael Munson (BS, MS, Ph.D.), Amanda Munson, Essex Junction, VT.) Bill is also survived by his sister-in-law Carolyn Faust (Pethtel) (BS, Ed.S., Ed.D.) (Brunswick, GA) and his brother-in-law Russell Pethtel (Franki, Palmetto, FL). By marriage Bill is survived by a niece, Diane Shingler (BA) (St. Marys, WV), great-niece, Sarah Beth Shingler (BA) (Parkersburg, WV), and great-niece LeAnn Shultz (Shingler) (Alan, great-great nieces, Bricia, Morgan, Amber, St. Marys, WV) and several cousins. His grandchildren were the joy of his life. Bill earned his BA (1964) and JD (1967) degrees from the University of Cincinnati and was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio, Michigan (50 years), and the US Supreme Court, and was certified by SHRM as a Senior Professional in Columbus, OH, Phoenix, AZ, Pittsburgh, PA, and Grand Rapids, MI. Bill was known for his willingness to volunteer for various organizations including local and state Bar Associations, coaching children, and speaking to adult learners through professional organizations, college classes, and his interactions with various other volunteer opportunities. It was Bill’s wishes to be cremated and his ashes spread at Potato Lake, Durango, CO after a private Celebration of Life service to be held as arranged. He said he found great peace there. And his love to travel took him and his wife, Sara many locations across the entire globe. In lieu of flowers family and friends may make tribute donations for continued Parkinson’s disease research through The Michael J. Fox Foundation at www.michaeljfox.org. Or to the Tampa Bay SPCA at spcatampabay.org/donate or SPCA Tampa Bay, P.O. Box 10127, Largo, FL 33773 to support the animal shelter and public veterinary center in Pinellas County, FL and support Bill’s love and compassion for dogs including his own beloved dogs, niece dogs, and grand dogs.
William (Bill) Russell Neale passed away on the 9th of June, 2021 at the age of 78. He was born on November 23rd, 1942 at the Army Air Base in Orlando, FL to Colonel Russell Neale and Margaret Neale. Bill was married for 25 years to and is survived... View Obituary & Service Information
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