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Neal Clifford Messner
Neal Clifford Messner, 86, told us he was on a train; the conductor was Jesus and the destination was heaven. The train arrived in station January 28, 2021. He was greeted by Jesus and a throng of loved ones.
Neal, also known as Pop Pop, was born on May 30, 1934 to Eber and Ruth , (Steese). He had a twin Nina and six additional siblings: Lowell, Lyle, Maxine, Allen, Keith and Ruth. He married Eleanor (Uber) who was also waiting for him. He leaves three children: Joan, Joseph, and Jeff (Lisa). His five grandchildren were his pride and joy: Timothy (Becca), Christopher, Jorden, Taylor and Jacob. He also leaves a host of extended family, Messners, Steeses and Ubers, with whom he shared a close relationship. He had picked out odd nicknames for many of these people he loved.
Pop Pop made his grandchildren's lives a priority even if it meant traveling out of state. His enthusiasm with their activities always extended to their friends as well and he knew all their friends by name. He took his role as greeter at Grace Church very serious and knew names and facts about many of the people who passed through the doors. This then extended to Ridgewood Hospice Center; in the last month of his life he adopted the staff and Dr. Molly as his new favorites. He made them his family and we appreciate their excellent care.
He was a Private First Class in the US Army, stationed in Bamberg Germany and a machinist at Goodyear Tire and Rubber. His passions were his faith, his family, Grace church, hiking and traveling. As his ability to ambulate decreased, he spent time reading and doing puzzles. He also became a faithful prayer warrior for Crossings, a faith based organization for connecting cultures.
Friends may call at Grace Church-Norton, 3970 S. Cleveland-Massillon Rd., Norton, OH 44203 on Monday, February 1, 2021 from 6 to 8 p.m., where services will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at 10 a.m., Pastor Bob Combs officiating. Interment at Copley Cemetery .
For the safety of the family and other guests, masks must be worn and social distancing practiced. The family is looking forward to greeting you and hearing how Pop Pop impacted your life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to God's Bible School (Cincinnati OH) or Crossings Akron (Connecting Cultures, Creating Community) in memory of Neal Messner.
Neal was such a dear sweet man! When you talked to him, you could tell that he was really listening and not just thinking about what he was going to say when you were done talking! He and my husband Jim were buddies at church and Jim was in the crowd of greeters when Neals train pulled into the station. And in the blink of an eye, we will see them again! Praise God, thank You for the love You have for us!
Theresa Holmes Feb 1 2021 12:00 AM
May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,
May your memories of Neal Clifford Messner, give you peace, comfort and strength
Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
and prayers to the family of .
US Army Veteran, Neal Clifford Messner, is A True American Hero God Bless
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum Jan 31 2021 12:00 AM
I had the privilege of babysitting Neal and Elenors three beautiful children. What a blessed family they all were. Neal was one of the nicest men I ever knew.
Sheryl Powell Jan 31 2021 12:00 AM
Timothy Becca and Christopher
Our Deepest Sympathy during this time of loss. May God comfort our heart, fill you with peace,
and give you rest in the arms of His Tender and Faithful Care. Cherish your wonderful memories.
Love and Prayers
The Croft Family Roxanne, Sarah and Kaeden, Aaron and Diane
Roxanne (Croft) Copeland Jan 31 2021 12:00 AM
Mythoughts and prayers are with each of you who loved and cared for Neal. Now he has reached his final and greatest reward. He is home at last and has met the Master. What joy must fill his heart. He was such a kind and gentle man. May our Heavenly Father wrap his loving arms around each of you until you meet again. In Jesus Love,
Carolyn Lutz Jan 31 2021 12:00 AM