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PAINTER, Neil Vernon 68, of Monroe, went peacefully to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties. He was born in Lima, Ohio on September 22, 1944 to parents Raymond Elias and Leona (Aufderhaar) Painter. Neil was a devout and inspiring Christian and was active in the Vineyard Community Church in Franklin, ministering through the prayer team, the Vineyard Freestore and as a Home Church leader. He was a teacher with Monroe Schools for 43 years, retiring in 2010. Celebrated by generations of students, Neil loved teaching kids. He taught industrial arts, woodworking, photography, health & physical education and coached football, track & field and was head soccer coach at Monroe High School. During the summer months, Neil could often be found poolside with his wife, kids, grandkids and friends. Mr. Painter is survived by loving wife, Patricia Jo (Bashore) Painter; sons, Robert Painter (Amy Feldmann) & Richard Painter (Pamela Leeker); daughter, Christina Painter; brother, Joe (Randi) Painter; sisters, Margaret Kohler & Debbie Painter; and grandchildren, August, Harrison, Johnathan, Zoe & Willa. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral Service will be held Monday, January 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM at Vineyard Community Church, 4900 State Route 123, Franklin with Pastor Chuck Wolfinbarger officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 - 7:00 PM at the church. Interment will be at Butler County Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association, 5211 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45227 OR American Diabetes Association, 4555 Lake Forest Dr., Suite 396, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242. Please sign the guestbook online at WilsonSchrammSpaulding.com


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Published in The Middletown Journal on Jan. 24, 2013.
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February 12, 2013
Rest in peace coach, I learned alot of valuable life lessons from you as well as some soccer skills that helped in life, you were a great man and a wonderful teacher and friend to everyone, thank you .
Mike Herron
January 29, 2013
Neil was truly an inspiring and faithful Christian. He and I were great friends. He will be sadly missed but his message of friendship and peace to all will remain.

Barbara Leib
January 28, 2013
JoAnn and I were remembering about the many times we always passed Neil and Patty at the movies or the restaurants, so we decided to finally go together. We haven't done that for awhile, now I wish we had. We are praying for you all and he will be missed by many. Neil was one of "really good guys."
Ron and JoAnn Tubbs
January 28, 2013
Mr. Painter was one of my favorite teachers , I had him for photography and because of him I love taking pics to this day thank you Mr. Painter thank you
Melissa Sparks
January 26, 2013
Neil was a great coach and person. I was
previleged to coach with him at the old
freshman H.S. for several years. Knowing he was gone home to Lord is a
joyous moment but He will be missed by
his countless friends and former students.
Glenn Barker
January 26, 2013
Patti, I am so sorry to hear about Neil's passing. You and all of your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Leigh Ann
(Dr. Baer's office)
January 25, 2013
WHILE I ATTENDED SCHOOL NEIL WAS A GREAT COACH, AND MOTIVATOR HE KNEW HOW TO BRING THE BEST OUT IN EVERY ATHLETE.
January 25, 2013
I first met Neil and Patty through my friend Julie. They made her part of their family. She loved going on vacations and sun bathing at the Painter's pool.

My husband, Jim does heating & air and Neil was having problems with his. Jim fixed it, but when he arrived home, he said, "You never told me that was THE Neil Painter" I discovered, Neil had been my husband's football coach and shop teacher. My husband had respect and great memories of Neil. I joked with Neil stating, I didn't realize he was so famous.

Recently, during the holidays, I spoke with Neil and Patty at LaRosa's. When they left two young employees ask me if that was Mr. Painter. I realized he was in the true sense of the word, famous, for he also created fond memories for them.

Also, Neil was part of the prayer team at church and prayed for me and my family. His prayers gave me hope and comfort.

There are many scriptures that come to my mind when I think of Neil, one is; Mark 8:35-If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will find true life. Thank you Neil for teaching us all, with your life this simple truth.

I will miss Neil and my heart & prayers go out to Patty and their children. Again, I have comfort & hope, for I know Neil was welcomed and celebrated in heaven with our friend, Julie.
Sherry Hackney
January 24, 2013
I am sorry to hear of Mr. Painter's passing. Christy and family, you will be in my thoughts.
Jodi Stone-Dana
January 24, 2013
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
American Heart Association
January 24, 2013
Sorry to hear of Neil's passing. I will remember him as a great educator & friend. We shared a lot of good experiences at Monroe. Condolences to the family.
Tom Comer
January 24, 2013
I have many great memories of my time in his photography class. Mr. Painter had a wonderful gift and was someone I respected very much. He will be greatly missed and my thoughts and prayers are with all the lives he touched.
January 24, 2013
Mr. Painter was a wonderful person to be around and always had something good to say whenever I talked to him. Rob and Rick and all of the family, you are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. May you have peace in knowing that your dad is rejoicing in heaven.
Steve Minor
January 24, 2013
You were a true inspiration. Thanks for all your help and being such a wonderful person and soccer coach. You will be missed
ken kraus
January 24, 2013
We are so sorry to hear of Neil's passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
David and Mary Beth Dirksen
January 24, 2013
Thank you Mr. Painter for being the person you were, you touched many lives and you will be missed, but never forgotten. My prayers go out to a wonderful family, Patricia, Rob, Richard and Christina. Thank you for sharing your wonderful husband and father with all of us!
Tom Cobaugh
January 24, 2013
Mr. Painter was my football coach in the 9th grade at Middletown Freshman High School in 1971. He cared about his players and made football fun. We went undefeated that year. He gave me a ride home after practice one time and we had a very nice talk. I will always remember him. I never saw him again after my 9th grade year but his influence and guidance has stayed with me all these years. May God bless his family.
Curtis McIntosh
January 24, 2013
A sad loss for all who knew him. My sincerest condolences to the family.
Sarah Myers
January 24, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with Christy & the Painter family. I only had him for homeroom but he was a great person.
Theresa Cain-Smith
January 24, 2013
To Rob and your family... My deepest condolences for the passing of your father. Mr.Painter was a great teacher and a great man ...He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
Tony Hamilton
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