John Neis

JOHN T. NEIS, 86 born: Oct. 4, 1926, in Amboy died: March 4, 2013 in rockford MARENGO - John T. Neis, 86, of Marengo, died Monday, March 4, 2013, at SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford. He was born in Amboy to Adelbert and Bertilla (Dyer) Neis on Oct. 4, 1926. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and Korea and a member of the Marengo VFW Post #689910. He was the proprietor of the Rexall Drug Store in Ohio, Ill., and insurance executive for Bank Insurance dealing in Credit Life Insurance for banks. He helped establish Neis Insurance Company in Crystal Lake. He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Mary (Richard) Phannenstill; son, Thomas (Marilyn) Neis; three grandchildren, Elizabeth Neis, Melissa (Chris) Wittenborn and R.J. Phannenstill; nieces, Annie Smith, Barb Wuchiski, Cindy Barich and Debbie Herber; and longtime companion, Pat Hawkins. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Molly; and sister, Betty Barich Newses. Graveside service at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 8, at Crystal Lake Memorial Park in Crystal Lake. For funeral information, call 815-455-2233 or visit

Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 7 to Mar. 8, 2013