John J. Neenan
(News story) John J. Neenan, a retired Lucas County employee who liked to promote Toledo, died Monday - his 94th birthday - in Lakes of Monclova Retirement Community. He had suffered two strokes and had dementia, his son Mike said. Mr. Neenan, formerly of the Old West End, retired in his early 60s from the county. He worked as a special projects coordinator for the Family Court Center. His duties included finding properties for group homes and scouting for foster families to house Lucas County children. He worked at the old Child Study Institute, which housed accused delinquents. "He was a kind man. There was always the one kid who he thought he could save," his son said. One former CSI resident found a job, seemed on the right path, and asked Mr. Neenan to co-sign for a car loan. "He ended up paying for it. He never grimaced about it," his son said. "He saw the good in people." Mr. Neenan closed his career with the Child Support Enforcement Agency. He kept sharp in retirement by selling T-shirts and other items emblazoned with the expression, "Holy Toledo," which he first registered as a trademark with the Ohio Secretary of State in 1972. That registration expired in 2012. He also held the federal trademark from the late 1980s until January, 1994, according to a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office online database. He was born in Bellevue, Pa., to Margaret and John Neenan and was a graduate of Bellevue High School. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Recalled to active duty for the Korean War, he was wounded as he saved a lieutenant under heavy enemy fire. He received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was a graduate of Ohio University, where he majored in advertising. He came to Toledo to work for a brother-in-law's insurance business. He and his wife later operated Neenan & Neenan Insurance. He and the former Alice Murphy married Sept. 27, 1952. She died Sept. 20, 2013. Their son John died in 1962. Surviving are his sons, Brett, Tim, and Mike; daughter, Peggy Incorvaia; 12 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will begin at 9:30 a.m. today in the Coyle Funeral Home, followed by a funeral Mass at St. Patrick's of Heatherdowns Church. The family suggests tributes to Hospice of Northwest Ohio. This is a news story by Blade staff writer Mark Zaborney. Contact him at: email@example.com or 419-724-6182.
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