2014-04-24 / Obituaries

John O. “Slim” Neville

John O. “Slim” Neville was born in Atchison, Kan. on Jan. 10, 1930 to George William Neville and Lydia Louise Neville. John attended public schools and graduated from Atchison High School in 1947. He then graduated from telegraphy school and worked for Western Union at Grand Junction, Colo. until entering the U.S. Navy on Nov. 1, 1951.

John’s Navy career was served on submarines. He served at the U.S. naval station at Subic Bay, Philippines, on the USS Merrick, the USS Sabalo, USS Perch, the USS Blackfin, the USS Leader and the USS Salmon. He served during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal (5 awards), China Service Medal (Extended), and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

John married the love of his life in 1968 when he wed Evelyn Neville, who preceded him in death in 2012. When John retired as an Electrician’s Mate First Class in 1981, he and Evelyn dreamed of moving from Southern California to the beautiful mountains of Mariposa. In 1982, they built their home in Mariposa and enjoyed the country life for many years.

He was preceded in death by his brother Eugene Neville, who was killed in World War II on the USS Saratoga, and by his mother and father, and by his wife of 44 years.

He is survived by his sister Leota Tucker of Mariposa, his brother George Neville of Four Seasons, Mo., his nieces Cathy Middlested of Mariposa, Sher Prince of San Diego, Pat Lunsford of Baneberry, Tenn. and Debbie Neville of St. Louis, Mo. He is also survived by his nephew Mark Neville of St. Louis, Mo.

John enjoyed tinkering at home and sharing time with friends and family. He especially liked having a beer and a cigarette with friends and swapping sea stories. He had a bit of a stubborn streak and lived life on his terms. However, if truth be known, he had a soft heart and would help out a neighbor or friend when needed or asked.

John passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at John C. Fremont hospital due to complications related to pneumonia and age. Full military services will be held in San Diego at the Miramar National Military Cemetery in mid-June (the date is pending).

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