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Kenneth Lansing and Harriet Adele Neaton

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Kenneth Lansing and Harriet Adele Neaton Obituary
At the tender ages of 91, Kenneth Lansing and Harriet Adele Neaton joyfully announce their reunion in heaven following the most brutal year of their marriage in an otherwise beautiful lifetime. Born and raised together in Albany, New York, Ken and Harriet graduated from Albany High School. Afterward, Ken joined the United States Army in order to defend the interests of his country during WWII. Harriet loyally waited in Albany for Ken as he fought both in Northern Africa and in Italy. Upon his return, they married. Their marital devotion was remarkable to all who knew them. Ken and Harriet adhered to the principles of Catholicism with a deep love and passion, believing to the end that it would provide all that was necessary for their family.

While attending business school, Ken worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company-eventually achieving positions in upper management. Ken never stumbled in his stability as an employee nor as a provider and father for his family. Harriet was able to be the wife and mother she always wanted to be and did well to provide a memorable home life during the many moves required by Ken's career.

Their loving union produced three sons. William George, the eldest, was "their rock". In the recent years of his life, Ken believed that "his rock" had evolved into a mountain in terms of unwavering strength, beauty, and reliability that never faltered. Their middle son, Kenneth Lansing, was deeply loved. Although Ken and Harriet profoundly grieved Kenny's inexplicable absence in the last years of their life, it is hoped he will find value in the treasure of memories made long ago. Their youngest son, Randy John, was the delight of their hearts. Born late in their childbearing years, Ken and Harriet were able to fully participate in all of his activities and to cultivate a special relationship with their fun-loving boy. He offered them tremendous pleasure right up to their very last moments.

Ken and Harriet arrived in Dover immediately after Ken's retirement from Goodyear. They spent nearly three blissful decades in the Retreat of Maple Dale. During this time, they enjoyed many pursuits. Together, they traveled the globe-incorporating their love of socializing, golfing, card playing, music, and reading wherever they went. Ken especially enjoyed stories of the world. He and Harriet explored historical sites during their travels and these experiences inspired Ken to attend history classes at Wesley College well into his eighties.

At home, they shared their love of good food and drink with their extended family. Ken and Harriet each loved a good story. The best tales were invariably accompanied by a good wine or a smooth scotch. A family pet was always in the background; however, one animal ascended to legendary proportions. Sir Charles the First, initially, was a kitten reluctantly received from a pleading, yet persistent grandchild. Sir Charles grew into an affectionate warrior cat whose storied capers are still regaled among the family and friends. Sir Charles the Second currently lives with his adoptive, adoring pet parents in Kansas.

Ken and Harriet are survived by three sons and their families. First son Bill and his former, but still cherished, wife, Barbara "Bobbi" Neaton. Their four children are: Lisa, her husband Everett Black, and their two sons; Jessica, her husband Ted Greeley, and their daughter and son; daughter Rebecca Neaton; and Alex Neaton, his fiance Katie, and their son. Second son Kenny Neaton and his wife Barbara. Kenny's daughters are Christine and Erin. Third son Randy and his wife Connie Neaton. Their four children are: Megan, her husband Brian Omohundro, and their two daughters and two sons; son Randy John "RJ" Neaton; Kyle and his wife Lily Neaton; and daughter Nicole Neaton.

Sons William and Randy would like to take this opportunity to thank various caregivers who were special to the couple during their parents' arduous, physical decline this last year. Primary physician Dr. Ashok Patel and his staff were phenomenal in their attention to Ken and Harriet's physical and emotional states. The entire staff of the fourth floor at Kent General Hospital was indispensable to Ken and Harriet during their many hospitalizations. Their physical care of the couple was unequaled and their sensitivity to the dynamics of the family was flawless. Dr. John Lahaniatis and his staff at BayHealth Medical Center were invaluable with advice to and treatment of Ken. KGH employee, Jeanne Nichols-Willey, of 1A, was especially responsive to the myriad of wishes expressed by the family at the near end of Ken and Harriet's life. The staff at the Health Center of Westminster Village was incredibly helpful during periods of rehabilitation as were the staff at Silver Lake Center. In the last week of Ken's life, Seasons Hospice staff was a blessing each time they interacted with the family. A heartfelt thanks must be attributed to Fr. Joseph W. McQuaide, IV, of Holy Cross Church. Fr. McQuaide provided a bridge to a spiritual haven for all the family before and after Ken and Harriet's passing.

The greatest gratitude of the family goes to everyone at State Street Assisted Living. The staff and the residents became like family to us. The administrators attended to our inquiries with speed and accommodation. Housekeeping staff in both the assisted living side and in Rose Lane was wonderful; the kitchen staff was on top of the ever-changing dietary needs of the couple; the CNAs were diligent and kind in their duties; and the nurses, especially, were inexhaustible in their attention to the rollercoaster of care required by the couple and their family. We cannot thank you all enough.

Finally, Ken and Harriet would like to reiterate their 2013 Christmas Wishes to their family: The love we feel for you is surpassed only by the love that Mimi and I have for each other and for the teachings of our faith. We hope you, too, will always receive the gift of Everlasting Love. Forever in our hearts...love Big Beepa and Mimi.

Services for Harriet were private. A celebration of their marriage and Ken's life will be held on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 11:00 in the morning. The location will be at Torbert Funeral Home, (Route 10 Location), 1145 East Lebanon Road, Dover, DE. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dover Public Library, c/o City of Dover, 5 Reed Street, Dover, Delaware, 19901.
Published in Dover Post from May 5 to May 11, 2014
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