Funeral services for Mr. John Lorig Neary, 57, of Spencer, were held Monday, Sept. 3, 2007, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Spencer. Rev. Ed Murray officiated the service.
John passed away at home, Friday, Aug. 31, 2007, in Spencer.
Interment took place at St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Emmetsburg.
John, the son of Hugh and Lois (Lorig) Neary, was born March 21, 1950, in Emmetsburg. His childhood years were spent in Emmetsburg, where he received his education, graduating from Emmetsburg Catholic High School. Later, John attended Emmetsburg Community College and then the University of South Dakota, where he graduated with a degree in accounting in 1972. After graduation, he worked for Dale Electronics in Columbus, Neb. He moved to Lincoln, Neb., and worked as a production foreman for Kawasaki.
John married Claudia Young on Feb. 24, 1979, in Cozad, Neb. Following their marriage, John worked for the State of Nebraska Retirement Systems in Lincoln, as an accountant. He then worked as a controller at Eagle Construction Company, until moving to McCook, Neb., where he worked as a controller for Cornbelt Chemical Company. John and Claudia moved to Webster City, where he worked at Van Diest Supply as an assistant treasurer. They had recently moved to Spencer, where he had currently been employed as an accounting supervisor at Wild Rose Casino in Emmetsburg. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer. John was very active in the Knights of Columbus and his church and was a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus in Webster City and was a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus in Spencer. He was also a Cub Scout leader, was a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas School Board in Webster City and taught religious education for several years.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents: James and Helen Neary, Mildred and Fred Lorig; his sister, Anne Neary; and his father-in-law, Neil Young.
John is survived by his wife, Claudia of Spencer; one daughter, Kylie and one son, Brian of Spencer; his parents, Hugh and Lois Neary of Emmetsburg; two brothers: H. Michael Neary and his wife, Jeannine of Ottumwa, and Mark Neary and his wife, Johnna of Iowa City; his mother-in-law, Bonnie Young of Cozad, Neb.; a sister-in-law, Sheila Hardt and her husband, Bob of St. Louis, Mo.; and a brother-in-law, Marcus Young and his wife, Mindy of Cozad.
The family requests that memorials may be given to Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Spencer, Holy Family Catholic Church of Emmetsburg or to the Spencer Regional Healthcare Foundation.
Warner Funeral Home of Spencer was in charge of arrangements.