WOOSTER Albert Eugene Bucket Neyhart, Jr., 93, of Wooster passed away on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at West View Healthy Living surrounded by his loving family.
He was born January 12, 1921 in Lewistown, PA, the son of Albert Eugene Sr. and Elizabeth Ann Burkholder Neyhart. He married Inez Laona Inie Deckman on January 10, 1941. She preceded him in death on November 27, 1991. He then married his second wife, Carolyn Lucille Luxeder on June 25, 1994. She preceded him in death on May 9, 2014.
He was a 1939 graduate of Williamsport High School in Pennsylvania and attended Penn State School of Engineering. In 1949 he became Supervisor/Director of a Technical Institute in Scranton, PA. He taught woodworking, furniture making and metal working. In 1952 he went back into manufacturing as Plant Superintendent at W.L. Maxon in Old Forge, PA. He then went to Link Aviation in Binghamton, NY as a manufacturing engineer. In 1960 he moved to Grand Rapids, MI to work for Lear Jet as a manufacturing engineer. At both Link and Lear he worked on flight instruments. He then moved to Wooster and Akron Brass where he was Vice President of Operations. While there, he redesigned and upgraded their foundry to meet all EPA regulations. At the time he did this, it was considered one of the most modern foundries in the country and was written up in several trade magazines. He finished up his working career at Adjusta-Post Manufacturing Company in Norton where he was plant manager.
Immediately upon retirement, he and his wife, Inez, flew to Cairo, Egypt where he consulted with a firefighting equipment manufacturing company and he also had done consulting work for Volvo out of Orrville for several years.
He was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus of Wooster, was lifetime member of the Wooster Elks Club and a member of the Madisonburg Lions Club. Along with Jim Bird, they started the bike program at People to People Ministries refurbishing donated bikes for Christmas gifts for children. He and Jim also started the local Chapter of Service Core of Retired Executives. Eugene had always enjoyed traveling all over the world.
Eugene is survived by his children: A. Eugene, III (Lynne) Neyhart of Sussex, WI, Inez (James) Bird of Wooster, Barbara L. (Gary) Pyke of Westerville, Patrick C. (Patricia) Neyhart of Wooster, Sharon Singleton of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Mary Faith (Dee) Vaidya of Wooster and Thomas A. (Lisa) Neyhart of New Orleans.
Grandchildren: Kristen (Dennis) Halliden, Kyra Neyhart, Geno (Lynda) Neyhart, Sarah (Ken) Bucheger, Paul Lewis (Laura) Draper, Marie Draper, Jonathan (Lynn) Bird, Gerrit J. (Mindy) Pyke, Matthew (Whitney) Pyke, D Ann (Dane) Conley, Chuck (Erica) Neyhart, Deidre (Arnold) McIntosh, Scott Singleton, Benjamin Singleton and Anne (Adam) Bowman, Shaila (Brandon) Bannock, Neil (Jacqueline) Vaidya, Jay (Erin) Vaidya, Nichole (Joey) Sidlovsky, Elizabeth (Nick Davenport) Neyhart, Derrick Ebersole, Ryan (Laura Bankston) Schumacher. 27 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.
Also survived by brothers Paul Neyhart of Williamsport, PA, Larry Neyhart of Long Branch, NJ and Elizabeth Jackson of Palm Desert, CA.
Also survived by the Luxeder step-children: Sandy, Debbie, Michael and Brenda along with step-grandchildren Courtney, Bryan, Megan, Alexis, Stephanie, Molly, Alex, Thomas, Dixon, Charlie, Hannah and Raelyn.
In addition to his wives, Eugene was preceded by a son, Christopher Neyhart, brother s Donald and Richard Neyhart and sisters Roberta Bennett and Eleanor Frank.
Friends will be received at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 6-8:00 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 527 Beall Ave., Wooster with the Rev. Stephen Moran as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to People to People Ministries, 454 E. Bowman St., Wooster, OH 44691.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to People to People Ministries, 527 Beall Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 527 Beall Avenue, Wooster
Friends will be received on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 6-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home