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John R. Neel

North Huntingdon

John R. Neel, 43, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at his home. He was born Sept. 16, 1968, in Jeannette. John was employed as a heavy equipment operator and foremen for Ligonier Construction Co. of Laughlintown. He was a graduate of Norwin High School, class of 1987, and he attended St. Barbara Church of Harrison City. Surviving are his wife of 23 years, Mary Common Neel; three children, Ryan Neel, Morgan Neel and Madison Neel, all at home; a niece whom John raised, Mackenzie Johnson; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Clifford and Mary Pat Common, of North Huntingdon; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Paula Johnson, of Boston, Mass., Brian and Cissi Common, of Penn Township, and Theresa and Doug Anderson, of Glassport; and nieces and nephews, Courtney and Christopher Common, April and Autmn Anderson. John is also survived by his parents, Robert and Carolyn Neel, of North Irwin; a sister, Kelly Lasik and her husband, Dan, and their family, of Washington, Pa.; and a brother, Kenneth Neel and his wife, Michelle, and their family, of Virginia Beach. Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC. Parting prayers will be held at 10:15 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at the St. Barbara Church, Harrison City with Father Kenneth Zaccagnini, his pastor, as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. John's family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Dave Herholz and his company (Ligonier Construction) for the kindness and compassion they extended to the family during John's brief illness. For online condolences, please visit John F. Ott, assisting the family with arrangements.

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