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Neal Ronald Pease

Neal Ronald (Ron) Pease, of Tallahassee, Florida, died on Friday, June 27, 2014 at the age of 81. A native of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Cornelius and Grace Westhafer Pease. Ron is survived by his wife of 41 years, Gayle Paulie Pease; his children, Mary Jo Margaret Pease of McKinney, Texas; Judith Pease McEvoy (Thomas) of Overland Park, Kansas; Scott Ronald (Ron) Pease (Bonnie) of Maitland, Florida; his grandchildren: Jamie Berridge, Lyndsey Pease, Michael McEvoy, Tyler Pease, Andrew Pease; and great-granddaughter Trinity Kendrick. He was predeceased by his parents and a son, Bryan Alexander Pease of Tallahassee, Florida in 1995.

Following the completion of his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Gettysburg College and Colgate University, (as well as post-graduate work at FSU) he devoted thirty years to Student Personnel work in higher education serving as Dean at Dickinson College, University of Pittsburgh, Rollins College and as Vice President at Maryville College. After founding the Southeastern Personal and Professional Development Associates in Winter Park, Florida, Ron moved to Tallahassee in 1986 where he was appointed to administrative positions in Florida's Departments of Administration (where he developed the State telecommuting and employee wellness supportive programs), Business and Professional Regulations, and Labor.

He was "happily retired" for 16 years. While his primary goal was "making his wife, Gayle, happy" he participated in many personal and community endeavors. Aside from gardening, traveling, and participating in the Senior Games, he enjoyed presenting lectures on the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg and on the writing of personal histories. In addition, Ron represented the elder Leon County residents on the Citizens Advisory Committee of Blueprint 2000, and was a graduate of the Tallahassee Active Lifelong Leadership program (TALL).

An elder in the Presbyterian Church, USA, Ron was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church, Tallahassee.

He was dearly loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed.

Family will receive friends at Culley's Meadowwood on Timberlane Road on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Memorial Services will be held at Faith Presbyterian Church on Meridian and John Knox at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 followed by a reception in the church parlor.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Big Bend Hospice in Ron's name would be appreciated. (1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308)


Published in Tallahassee Democrat from June 30 to July 2, 2014
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