Robert M. McNelley

Robert M. McNelley

NEWARK: A funeral service for Robert M. McNelley will be held at 11am, on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at the Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home, Pastor Paul Skaggs will officiate. Burial will be in Newark Memorial Gardens.

Friends and family may call from 9am until service time at the funeral home, 985 N. 21st Street in Newark.

Mr. McNelley, age 84, passed away Friday, March 21, 2014, at his home. Born February 10, 1930, in Blue Ridge, Georgia, one of eleven children born to John and Iris (Crawford) McNelley. Mr. McNelley retired after 30 years service from the Fisher Body Division of General Motors in Columbus. He enjoyed farming, operating a farm on Eddyburg Road for many years, raising goats and cattle to show. He loved the outdoors; gardening, canning, fishing and camping and was a big fan of bluegrass music as well.

Surviving are his children, Gail McNelley of Newark, Rebecca (Larry) Lavender of Newark; a step daughter Kim Berning of Huron, Ohio; grandchildren Mathew (Tracy) McNelley of Marina Del Rey, CA, Derek (Michelle) Johnson of Thornville; three step grandchildren; three great grandchildren; an adopted son, Richard McNelley of Blue Ridge, Georgia, three sisters; many nieces and nephews and his beloved dog "Molly".

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen (Katie) McNelley on September 25, 2001; two sons, Bobby Gene McNelley, Timothy McNelley; three brothers and two sisters.

The family would like to thank the health care professionals at Hospice of Central Ohio, especially Jessica, Whitney and Moni.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Licking County Human Society; envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

The Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home in Newark is honored to serve the McNelley family, to sign an online guest book, please visit


Funeral Home

Brucker & Kishler Funeral Home
985 North 21st Street Newark, OH 43055

Published in the Advocate on Mar. 23, 2014