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BRUBAKER, Neal D. Found the exit door December 3, 2013. Born in rural southern Illinois March 18, 1927 to Opal and Guy Brubaker. U. S. Navy, Akron University, entered life insurance business in 1947. Career included Cashier Trainee, Agent, Associate Manager, Home Office Liaison with Field Offices, Manager, General Agent. Served in Cleveland, Akron, New York, Detroit and Dayton. Past president Life Agency Management Association of Detroit, past president Dayton chapter Financial Service Professionals. Claim to fame "survived more than 60 years in financial business without betraying a confidence, being sued, or threatened with bodily harm." Survived by daughters, Kathleen (Terry) Lawson, Suzanne (Rick) Cooper, son, Neal Nichols (Beth) Brubaker, daughter, Melanie Brubaker, granddaughters, Rachael Sizemore (Brent Praeter) and Emily Morrow (Mark) Leoni, Carson Jane Brubaker, grandsons, Benjamin (Lndsay Dawn) Cooper, Zachary (Amy) Cooper and great grandsons, Kahleb Jeffrey Plak and Henry Hanlon Cooper. To those who provided so much in treatment, comfort and support as friends and professionals the family wishes to convey gratitude and appreciation. As per his request Neal's remains have been donated to Wright State Medical School's Anatomical Gift Program there is to be no funeral and no memorial service of any kind. The above was composed by Neal Brubaker, long before his illness and death, and reflects in every way his character. Still, his family and friends hope he would not object to additional observations he might have not have comfortably acknowledged. Neal was a WWII Navy veteran who considered his most valuable achievement was the service he provided to the wounded. He was a loyal and protective son and father, a loving and proud husband of his late wife, Ann, and a devoted friend to those who shared his appreciation of life and the joys, pleasures, and lessons that could be learned from it. He believed in the work he did. He was a tireless supporter of Dayton, Ohio, where he settled by choice, not circumstance. He remained an ardent student of almost everything; he relished learning, and considered the concept of holding conflicting opinions on issues and ideas a virtue. He was encouraging and positive, yet could not withhold a strong contrary conviction or sensible alternative. He was, in in his personal style and vernacular, a class act who never said a negative thing about anyone, unless he deserved it.
Published in Dayton Daily News on Dec. 6, 2013