Friday, February 16, 2018

Thomas Richard Nealeigh (February 10, 2018)

Dr. Thomas Richard Nealeigh peacefully entered eternity on February 10, 2018 after 92 ½ years of rich and positive living. Thomas was born July 27, 1925, the seventh of twelve children of Daniel and Bonnie Wills Nealeigh in Greenville, Ohio. He graduated from Greenville (Ohio) High School, Class of 1943.

Thomas served in the Army in World War, entering France on D-Day + 1. Following service to his nation he earned a bachelor’s degree and doctorate from The Ohio State University. He served as a mathematics professor for more than two decades at Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA. Retirement was spent primarily in Columbus, Ohio.

Thomas married the love of his life, Marilyn Fambrough Nealeigh of Versailles, Ohio, on December 18, 1949. Marilyn preceded him death on January 31, 2005. He is also predeceased by siblings Mary Unger, Daniel ‘Bud’ Nealeigh, Guy Nealeigh, Bonnie Beatty, Martha Matz, Barbara Petersime, James Nealeigh, Vernon Nealeigh and Rex Nealeigh.

He is survived by two sisters – Nancy Wenger and Ann Preston. In addition he is survived by Becky (David) Oyler of North East, PA and Mindy (Chuck) Kuhn of York, SC who provided years of compassionate support to Thomas in his senior years. He is the grandfather of Katy (Michael) Harris, Fort Mill, SC; Megan (Nathan) Troxell, Pittsburgh, PA; David (Justine) Oyler, Bailey, CO; Stephen (Kate) Oyler, Bakerstown, PA; and Michael (Melanie) Oyler, Pittsburgh, PA. He treasured his five great grandchildren Taylor Harris, Lyla Harris, Alex Troxell, Andy Troxell and David Oyler V. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews as well as his loyal dog, Lilly.

A service to honor the life of Thomas Nealeigh will be celebrated on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 204 East Wood Street, Versailles, Ohio. Friends and loved ones are invited to greet the family from 1:00 to 2:00 prior to the service. Burial will follow at the Greenlawn Cemetery, Versailles, Ohio. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio.

Gifts to honor his life can be directed to Westminster College, ATTN Dr. Thomas Richard Nealeigh Scholarship Fund, 319 S Market St, New Wilmington, PA 16172.

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