Raymond C. Neville, age 89, of Gulf Port, Florida and formerly of Toledo, Ohio died Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Suncoast Hospice in Pinellas Park, Florida. He was born September 5, 1924, to Raymond C. and Bertha Mae (Roe) Neville, Sr. and on July 7, 1945, he married Barbara R. Gosda, who passed away on January 2, 2013.
Ray was a graduate of
Libbey High School; attended The University of Toledo and Case Western Reserve. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy, where he served for 4 years as a transport pilot, Lieutenant JG, during World War II in the North and South Pacific Theaters. He remained active with his love for aviation for over 50 years. Following the war, Ray graduated in 1948 from the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science through the GI bill. He and his wife, Barbara opened Neville Funeral Home and Ambulance
Service in 1953. The business flourished and became a highly regarded part of the Reynolds Corners community. Recognizing a need in Holland, he opened up the Southwest Chapel on Airport Highway in 1974. He was a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer for over 50 years and served as President of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association in 1976. Ray, his wife, Barbara and their four children were longtime members of Epiphany Lutheran Church. He was a 45 year member of the Adams Township American Legion Post #553, and was also active in many local, civic and charitable organizations. Ray was an avid golfer playing courses around the country and was proud he made par on the very last hole before finally hanging up his golf clubs. He also enjoyed fishing and boating. Ray made his home in Florida with his daughter Linda for the last year of his life. His family would like to thank Linda and Ray's niece, Sherrie Johnston for the loving and compassionate care provided for Ray this past year.
Ray is survived by his daughter, Linda L. Neville; sons, Gale R. (Molly) Neville and Kenneth A. Neville; grandchildren, Heidi Herbster, Randy Neville, Robin Hennessey, Carley and Thomas Grasberger as well as five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years, Barbara R. Neville, and his daughter, Janet E. Grasberger.
Family and friends will be received on Friday, March 7, 2014, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Neville Funeral Home, Southwest Chapel, 7438 Airport Highway, Holland (419-865-8879) where funeral services will be held, Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Toledo Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions may be made to Epiphany Lutheran Church. Condolences may be made online to the family at
Published in Toledo Blade from Mar. 5 to Mar. 6, 2014