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E. Neal Eaton, Sr.

E. Neal Eaton, Sr.

Earl Neal Eaton, Sr. was born on December 31, 1921, in Lost Creek, WV. His family moved throughout WV, OH, and PA, finally settling in Oakmont, PA, where he spent his young adult life. Neal later lived in Hickman Mills, MO; Park Forest, IL; Nashua, NH; and Dallas, TX. Neal retired to Bradenton, FL in 1987 and passed away there on April 24, 2010.

Neal served in the Army Air Corp during WWII from 1942 to 1946. He was based in Montgomery, Alabama; Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, and Barking Sands A.F. Base in Kauai, Hawaii -- where as a Technical Sergeant he oversaw the administration of 2,500 soldiers who serviced planes which were headed for combat in the Pacific.

Neal and Elizabeth Jane McMaster were married on August 13, 1942 in Oakmont, PA. They had three children: Jane, Neal Jr., and Nancy. Betty Jane passed on April 18, 1975 in Chicago Heights, IL. Neal married Sally Krizan on June 24, 1978 in Park Forest, IL.

Neal spent his entire working career in the newspaper business. He was an ad salesman, photographer, feature writer, editor and publisher of papers in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Illinois. He also sold newspaper press equipment and was a co-founder and Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications for Publisher’s Equipment Corporation in Dallas, TX.

Neal’s interests and hobbies included singing, genealogy, working in the yard, and reading. He loved to write and used his talents to publish several books related to his family’s history.

A good listener who was kind, thoughtful, patient, sensitive, caring, charming, funny, clever, witty, smart, and quietly self-assured -- Neal touched all those he met. We are all better for having known him.

Neal is survived by his wife, Sally; two daughters, Jane Eaton-Henderson and Nancy Fritz; four granddaughters, Shannon Henderson, Cory Parlor, Ashley Wisniewski, and Lindsy Fritz; and two great-grandsons, Camden and Colton Parlor. Additionally he is survived by his brother James Eaton, and two sisters, Mary Lou Berg and Martha Lee Collins. Neal was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Jane Eaton; his son, Earl Neal “Skip” Eaton, Jr.; and two brothers Jack and Donald Eaton.

Neal enjoyed the time he spent in recent years volunteering for Meals on Wheels. Additionally, Tidewell Hospice of Bradenton has been extremely supportive of the family. Neal’s family asks that in lieu of flowers, any memorial gifts be sent to Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee County, 811 23rd Avenue E., Bradenton, FL, 34208 (phone: 941-747-4655) or to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 3355 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205 (phone: 941-782-4900).

Neal's memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, June 26th at the Manatee Historical Village, 1404 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton, FL. There will be a time to visit from 3:00 to 4:15 PM in the meeting room of the Higgins General Store. The park closes to the public at 4:30, and that's when Neal's memorial service will begin in the old church there.

Please come early and explore the park. Admission is free. Also, please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the heat, as the church is not air conditioned. In the spirit of celebration, Neal’s family requests that people wear bright, cheerful clothing (nothing somber, please). Join us in an upbeat gathering, filled with happy memories of a very special man.




Guestbook Entries

Date: Sep 8, 2013
Name: Charles Alcaraz
Entry: A very good friend and cousin. I will never forget all you did for me. Rest in peace Charles Alcaraz Moyer

Date: Aug 28, 2011
Name: Roger A. Hofstra Palm Springs, California
Entry: I was a friend of "Skip," Neal's son, and got to know Neal Sr. What a gentleman. What a guy. He is my enduring example of One Hell Of A Guy.

Date: Jun 30, 2010
Name: Joanne Caruso
Entry: I learned of Neal's death through Kenn. I want to extend my deepest sympathies to you and Neal's children. Neal was so well-respected and everyone always had such kind things to say about him. Neal always made me feel so comfortable when we would get together at Kenn's for the holiday. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. . Words feel inadequate at a time like this ... just know you are loved and supported by many. I'm sorry I was not able be a part of the memorial.

Date: Jun 30, 2010
Name: Joanne Caruso
Entry: I learned of Neal's death through Kenn. I want to extend my deepest sympathies to you and Neal's children. Neal was so well-respected and everyone always had such kind things to say about him. Neal always made me feel so comfortable when we would get together at Kenn's for the holiday. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. . Words feel inadequate at a time like this ... just know you are loved and supported by many. I'm sorry I was not able be a part of the memorial.

Date: Jun 26, 2010

Date: Jun 18, 2010
Name: Donna Dexter
Entry: c What a great Uncle! He also could do alot with peanut butter especially a peanut butter milkshake. I know we all must pass on to next part but it is very hard to lose people that you have knowed for your whole life. Uncle Neal was always happy to be around and he would make you feel special. He will be missed by all --Love, Donna

Date: Jun 18, 2010
Name: Donna Dexter
Entry: c What a great Uncle! He also could do alot with peanut butter especially a peanut butter milkshake. I know we all must pass on to next part but it is very hard to lose people that you have knowed for your whole life. Uncle Neal was always happy to be around and he would make you feel special. He will be missed by all --Love, Donna

Date: Jun 16, 2010
Name: James E. Eaton
Entry: When I was growing up in Oakmont, PA, Uncle Neal was always caring and supportive to all the family nieces and nephews. He always had a kind word to say. When I graduated from high school he presented me with a dictionary with the following inscription: "Best of Luck Jim. Learn to use one fourth of these words and you won't have to worry. Uncle Neal." I've always remembered these words and still have the dictionary today. Thank you Uncle Neal.......James E. Eaton

Date: Jun 15, 2010
Name: Mike and Ashley Wisniewski
Entry: We sorely miss "Papa", but were so grateful to have time with him in the spring. We'll remember his wit, his grace, his sense of humor, but most of all how much he cared about his family. We'll also remember pancakes at Holmes beach, dinners at the Beach House/Sandbar, and Thanksgivings in Cedar Lake and his love for a warm fire on the holiday. It's sad to see him leave us, but we take comfort in knowing he had a life very well lived. Love, Mike and Ashley

Date: Jun 15, 2010
Name: Mike and Ashley Wisniewski
Entry: We sorely miss "Papa", but were so grateful to have time with him in the spring. We'll remember his wit, his grace, his sense of humor, but most of all how much he cared about his family. We'll also remember pancakes at Holmes beach, dinners at the Beach House/Sandbar, and Thanksgivings in Cedar Lake and his love for a warm fire on the holiday. It's sad to see him leave us, but we take comfort in knowing he had a life very well lived. Love, Mike and Ashley

Date: Jun 10, 2010
Name: Bruce Bieber
Entry: My fond memories of Neal involve Neal coming over to our house in Park Forest, IL or my Dad and I going to the Eaton's house or meeting on the street in between; as we were across the street neighbors on Westgate Dr. I pretty much just listened as they exchanged news, told tall tales or the latest joke. Neal was a great guy; so mellow and so easy to laugh. I know my Dad greatly enjoyed chatting with Neal and always looked forward to visiting with him. We miss those visits. Via con dios!

Date: Jun 7, 2010
Name: Nancy Matchen
Entry: I was so sorry to hear that Neal has passed. I met Neal in 1975 and I have fond memories of the two years we spent together. We were married in 1977 and although we then followed seperate paths, we remained friends. He will be missed by all. Nancy

Date: Jun 6, 2010
Name: Scott Bieber
Entry: Sally, Janie, Nancy: I heard this sad news from my mom this morning. I remember best how "Mr. Eaton" always had a smile and an encouraging word or funny observation that brightened your day. Neal was a good friend to my dad in their Park Forest years, and they shared a love of singing(according to my mom) and flying (my own recollection). Does anybody else remember that Neal flew his plane to Florida in 1969 to see the launch of Apollo 11? That trip was certainly one of the most memorable events in my dad's life, courtesy of Neal. Keeping him, and you, in my thoughts and prayers...Scott

Date: Jun 6, 2010
Name: Janet and Fred Elia
Entry: Just thinking of how knowing Neal has impacting our lives is a little overwhelming! We met in Hashua, NH in 1977. Fred was at a company called STA-Hi when Neal arrived from Chicago as part of a Rockwell takover management team. Fred didn't know Neal was his boss 'til they had a clash over expense accounts. neal became a friend and somewhat of a mentor for Fred and our son, Rick who was interested in Marketing. It was great to watch Neal with his quiet way of puncturing some of the pompous jerks we encountered in meetings as they brought that company down. Neal left to found PEC in Texas and Fred moved on to Colt in VT. Soon, Neal had recruited us to PEC and we enjoyed the hospitality of Sally and Neal as we transitioned to Texanism. Neal invited our then 14 year old son to take part in the PEC exhibit for ANPA. I remember Rick with a basket of mini footballs and a line of newspaper executive wives.."Just run that way and cut left and I'll hit you with a spiral." Neal helped with my job search after PEC and we were together again in Florida after his retirement to Bradenton and our relocation to Sarasota. Rick and his darling Ginny started their honeymoon (Nov 1994) in Neal and Sally's place on Anna Maria Island. Neal' big heart an sweet singing voice are in our thoughts today.

Date: Jun 5, 2010
Name: Jill Sullivan Moody
Entry: Dear Sally, Janie & Family, The choir at Faith United in Park Forest was where Neal & Sally & I met. Sally and I became good friends before she and Neal married and my Dad, Harry Sullivan and Neal had been friends for much longer. Neal's wit has been described many times on these pages and dry is apt. He could listen endlessly then make that one deadpan comment that made you think he should have been a comedian. He and Sally showed what friends they were during Dad's last illness and thereafter. That is just who they are. Neal you will be missed! Thanks for being there for Sally. Love, Jill

Date: May 31, 2010
Name: Cory Parlor
Entry: My Papa was a special man. A man that was gentle, soft spoken and kind. He was a wonderful grandfather and will be greatly missed. As his grandchild, I especially appreciated the support he gave me as I pursued and completed my college education. I will always remember his holiday visits and our vacations to Florida. I am also fortunate that my husband, James, and sons, Camden and Colton, had the chance to meet "Little Papa." I am truly thankful for the years of memories that include time spent with Papa. I love you Papa!

Date: May 30, 2010
Name: Amy Saxonmeyer
Entry: Boy, what a charming man Neal was! I first met him back in 1967 while I was dating his son "Skip" (another quite charming fellow!) I remained very impressed with both of them from then on. I feel very blessed and fortunate to have so many sweet & warm memories of fun and wonderful times with Neal and other members of the extended Eaton family. I will miss you Neal, but my heart will smile every time I think of you.

Date: May 26, 2010
Name: Courtney Scholz
Entry: Uncle Neal was always easy-going and good-natured. I never saw him complain, or even lose his temper with anyone. I was always impressed at how he could put the pieces in a jigsaw puzzle without ever making a mistake. I remember the time he introduced Brandon, Becky and me to crab fishing under the bridge. He would also take us out on his speedboat and show us around the Gulf and let us see fish and other sea life up close. Last year, I remember Uncle Neal telling me about the Great Depression and how his parents helped feed people who were poor. I told him, “No wonder you are so nice, because your parents cared for others.” Since I never met my mom’s parents, he played a very important role in my life as a grandfather, even though he was really my uncle. I thought he was a great role model. He really meant a lot to me. Uncle Neal was the nicest man I ever met, and I wish there were more people who were like him.

Date: May 24, 2010
Name: Betty Krizan Scholz
I had the pleasure and honor of knowing Neal for several decades. He married my sister, Sally, in 1978, and was a loving and thoughtful husband. I am extremely grateful they were able to share their lives together for so long.

Neal, I want to thank you:

... For being a fantastic husband to my sister
... For being a loving Grandpa to my three children
... For being one of the best listeners ever
... For always going way out of your way to make your guests feel welcome and comfortable
... For tromping around every theme park in Florida at least a hundred times
... For never complaining about anything
... For showing people what a gentleman and a gentle man really acts like
... For your wonderfully dry sense of humor
... For your service to our country
... For giving my children unconditional love

Some people might say that eighty-eight years is a long time to live, and yet it was still not long enough. Goodbye, Neal, until we meet again. Please say hello to my mom, dad, and Aunt Eula for me.

Date: May 23, 2010
Name: Kyle & Juli Krizan
Entry: Uncle Neal will be so dearly missed. He was a loving and compassionate listener. Every time you talked with Uncle Neal, you got his undivided attention. He never took his eyes off of you. It is obvious to see why he was so successful in the business world. He and Aunt Sal have provided so many fond memories. Most of my favorites memories were in sunny Florida or Texas. Your support through my college years will never be forgotten. You will be truly missed!!!

Date: May 22, 2010
Name: Marti Vogt

Mr.James P. Eaton: So sorry to hear about your brother Neal. I only met him once or twice but he seemed like a very nice man who lived a long and wonderful life. Blessings to you and your family. Marti

Date: May 21, 2010
Name: Kevin Krizan
Entry: I have many memories of Uncle Neal. One of my fondest memories would occur each year at our family Christmas gatherings. Over Thanksgiving, our family gathers together to celebrate Christmas. This is a time for us to share with each other family news, stories, and other events. Uncle Neal always made time to talk individually with everyone. He was a great communicator, usually doing more listening than talking. When he wasn’t listening, he was sharing his thoughts about family, business, travel, education, or sports. Two of my favorite Uncle Neal stories were about his life during World War II and his trip to Yankee Stadium to watch Babe Ruth. You will be dearly missed.

Date: May 10, 2010
Name: Rebecca Darling
Entry: My Uncle Neal was more than just an uncle to me, he was like a grandfather. No one ever asked him to fill those shoes, he just jumped right in. I am so thankful that I have so many fond and happy memories to remember Uncle Neal. He and my Aunt Sal would come visit for Christmas, birthdays, and graduations. I also loved going down to Florida to visit. I know we both loved our memories of pancakes on the beach! I loved listening to Uncle Neal sing and hear all his stories. I also loved when he would pretend my arm was a hotdog and I would keep telling him to add more toppings so he wouldn't try to eat my arm. Love always, Rebecca

Date: May 9, 2010
Name: Brandon Scholz

In the simplest words, Uncle Neal is my inspiration to the kind of man I wish to be myself. I always felt like I was in the presence of such a rare person whenever I was around him. The kindness, patience, desire to help, and humor Uncle Neal always showed was staggering. On top of being such a role model for me, the man was just hysterical. My very first memories in my life are of Uncle Neal and I in the island house, with him making a hot dog out of my arm. He would pretend to put all the condiments on then pretend to eat my arm, so I would keep adding condiments as to not "get eaten." I have so many memories with him, from boating, catching lizards, going out to eat, going to theme parks, seeing him at Thanksgiving, playing Uno and the color game, and even just sitting around relaxing. I have tons of pictures from my childhood of me napping on Uncle Neal's lap. Even now, I remember how comforting it was to fall asleep cuddled into him. While I miss him so much it hurts all the time, I also feel so unbelievably lucky to have gotten the chance to know him. I doubt many people ever get to know someone so pure of heart and kind. I hope that some day, my own nieces, nephews, and grandchildren could think of me nearly as much as I think of Uncle Neal. Of course you will be missed, Uncle Neal. But more than that, you will be revered and respected. I have nothing but the fondest memories with you and I love you incredibly. I'll never forget you either.

Date: May 9, 2010
Name: Barry and Marge Krizan
Entry: Neal, our brother-in-law of 32 years, was a perfect fit for our family with his easygoing manner, sense of humor, “flexibility”, and obvious devotion to Sally. “Uncle Neal” was a child magnet for our sons and grandsons. Through the years we had numerous good times with Sally and Neal. Our most treasured memories are of the trips the four of us shared to the Amazon Jungle and Andes Mountains in 1996 and a tour of China in 2002. Unbeknownst to us, one of Neal’s friends had warned him not to be alone with the natives in the Amazon because he had read that they would try to steal his belongings and then kill him. While the rest of us signed up to hike in the jungle and then spend the night on a platform miles away from the village, Neal opted to stay behind and go on a fishing excursion with 3 non English speaking locals. When they pulled the canoe over to an island, Neal was sure this was the end. He was “relieved” to find out it was only a potty break and that his fishing partners were really very nice fellows. He took great joy retelling this story whenever our trip to Peru was mentioned. Our family gatherings will be filled with warm memories of Neal.

Date: May 3, 2010
Name: Myrna Creamer
Entry: I met Neal and Sally at the Fisher House while Skip was in the Veterans Hospital there. It was a very difficult time for them but through it all they showed such strenth and devotion they truly inspired me. Neal was a gentle soul a man who cared about others. I'm sure he left his mark on many and those of us who had the privilege of knowing him are left with very fond memories of a good man. My thoughts and prayers are with Sally and the family. Myrna Creamer

Date: May 3, 2010
Name: Mary Ann Helmold
Entry: It was an honor to be Neal's friend. He was a true gentleman with a dry, quick wit I always enjoyed. From Park Forest to Dallas to Bradenton (and Hawaii !) it was a joy to share time with him and my DEAR friend, Sally. He will greatly missed.

Date: May 3, 2010
Name: Norm & Janice Strasma
Entry: We have fond memories of many family reunions and other activities where talking with Neal was a neat experience. It's been fun to discuss travel and the printing business, and many other subjects, and also seeing the Florida homes through the years. Neal was always kind, considerate, and interested in whatever the current subject was. We could always count on him for a warm welcome at family reunions. Sally, your communications have been excellent in letting the extended family and friends know the status in a most difficult time. As a former board member of Hospice in Illinois, I'm pleased that you had a very favorable experience, just as we did with our Mom.

Date: May 2, 2010
Name: Sandie and Ray Pelote
Entry: Sally, so sorry to hear Neal has passed, but glad he is in the best place possible. You and I have known each other since grade school, but Ray and I were fortunate enough to know Neal for only these past few years. During our get togethers, Neal had such a great sense of humor and told such fun tales of your travels. You, and Neal's family, are in our thoughts and prayers.

Date: May 2, 2010
Name: Geoffrey Henderson
Entry: When I thought about Neal after he passed, a special memory was recalled. When Jane and I were to be married, Neal was in the hospital awaiting surgery. On the day of our wedding, Neal advised the hospital staff that he needed to leave the hospital to attend the wedding.I went to the hospital and brought him home where he prepared for the wedding and he was able to give his daughter away. Not once did Neal complain though I was able to discern his discomfort, due to the pain he experienced, but he was able to continue through that day graciously and in good humor. I think this showed the grit of Neal's character, and the comments of others attesting to his gentle manner and gentlemanliness, not to mention his dapper manner with the ladies, rings true. Neal was also a man of family, his birth family, the family he raised and the family he joined when he married Sally. He was always there and available when a family member was in a hospital or just needed a comforting word. Neal was one of those people who lived a full, rich life with the ability to travel and work in a field of endeavor that he loved and to have a family with children and grandchildren whom he loved. It was always rewarding for people to be in the presence of Neal and his humor was constantly present and his wit and charm was infectious. I think we are all better off having known Neal, and when our time comes, I'm sure Neal will be there to greet us with some comical quip. With respect and appreciation Geoffrey

Date: May 1, 2010
Name: George Scholz
Entry: I met Neal through my wife, Betty, who is Sally's younger sister. Over the past 31 years, we spent many enjoyable hours talking about business, politics and family. However, my most memerable moments will be the time that he spent with my children. Neal was always very kind, considerate and generous with both my daughters and son. The impression he left on them will last their lifetimes. Thank you will be missed.

Date: May 1, 2010
Name: Lynda O'Driscoll
Entry: Jane, I'm so sorry for your loss. I know very well the pain that you are feeling at this time. Our prayers are with you and your family. Love you, Lynda

Date: May 1, 2010
Name: Dor Fitzgerald
Entry: Neal taught me the meaning of true friendship. Whenever we saw Neal he reminded us to cherish our time together. He went out of his way to make sure that REAL friendship remained a priority. Thank you Neal for being Sally's best friend and for the honor of your friendship. God bless you!

Date: May 1, 2010
Name: Gordon and Joan Stephens
Entry: We think of Neal as a gentle and caring man. He was considerate and respectful of everyone. A man who loved his family and friends and told them so. We remember Sally planning his 75th birthday party at the Historical Park and letting Gordon and I be a part of the celebration. We remember the flight to Key West for the weekend with Gordon piloting and Neal co-piloting. We remember all the help Sally and Neal gave us and "the girls" when we purchased the Condo at Perico Bay Club. We appreciated their support. All the "afterglows" we attended..... He and Sally are so special. We will never forget his kindness. He will be missed by many.

Date: Apr 30, 2010
Name: Bonnie Collins Boucher
Entry: When I think of my Uncle Neal, I think of hugs. He gave the most meaningful "squeezes" and always made me feel special. At family reunions he would often comment about how happy he was to see the cousins getting to know each other. Family ties were important to him. Nancy's children and my children had some fantastic times at reunions. Those memories will stay with our family forever. Good bye,Uncle Neal. Much love and a great big hug, Bonnie

Date: Apr 29, 2010
Name: Lindsy Fritz
Entry: I will always love you Papa! Ever since I was a little girl I can remember Papa telling my sisters and I stories, weather it was ones he made up or from a book, he always made our Imaginations run wild. The best thing about him was that no matter what, he could always make the people around him laugh and turn their day into an unforgettable one. Also, i will never forget having pancakes on the beach with him bright and early waiting for it to get warm enough to build a sandcastle. You have and always will be a huge part of my life. "Whose your best lover" Never ever will i forget you, Love Lindsy

Date: Apr 29, 2010
Name: Doris Rieger & Micki Hall
Entry: Micki & I feel very much apart of the Eaton family.Skip took us to visit Jane in Kentucky & Joann in Montana.We shared many happy moments with Neal Sr & Sally at birthday parties,family socials and attending Sweet Adeline shows He was always the same- a real gentleman-so happy for the visit We both feel very blessed to have witnessed the love between him and his family. Thank you for being a part of our lives. Love- Micki & Rigg

Date: Apr 28, 2010
Name: Deb Hastings
Entry: I knew "Mr. Eaton" in Park Forest, where his daughter was one of my best friends. I got to go with them to my very first drive-in movie, with Nancy and I in the back in our PJs! She and I decided to have our own local newspaper. We went around, talking to neighbors to gather the news. Then we put the master version together and he helped us duplicate it (early kind of photocopier) and we sold them for 5 cents each. I don't think we had more than perhaps 2 editions. But when I began publishing my own magazine, many years later, I thought of him often. He was loving and sweet and had time for us, even though we were little. As my dad was always working, this meant so very much to me. Thank you, Mr. Eaton, for so many wonderful memories. (Nancy, if you see this, I hope you'll get in touch!) With much love, Deb Hastings

Date: Apr 28, 2010
Name: Jane K. Smith
Entry: Thinking of you Jane at this time with your family. Death of a loved one is not an easy road to travel but memories are with you forever. Our Prayers are with you and all. Sincerely, Jane

Date: Apr 28, 2010
Name: Nancy Fritz
Entry: Thank you for making me so independant. I have always been able to make my own decisions from an early age. You were always there for me if I needed to ask questions, but your motto was always only offer suggestions if you were asked.I have learned from you so many things that I have been able to apply to my own life. Our lives ran parelle in many ways. I have always felt that your life with mom has prepared me for the life and responsibilities I now have. I always loved to see you and my girls and your great grandsons interact. What a blessing it was for them to have you in their lives. When asked what or who has inspired me in my lifetime you were always at the top of the list. With so much love,Nancy

Date: Apr 28, 2010
Name: Jennifer Odle

Mr. Eaton, although I never met you, I feel that I know you thru your daughter Jane. She is such a good friend and loving person and I'm so glad that she had this time with you. We will take care of her when she gets home and embarks on a different journey with her husband Geoffrey. Jane this is hard now and I want say that it gets any easier but you will remember the good times and sometime a smile will cross your face and only you will know what it is all about. Love ya, girl. Jennifer Odle

Date: Apr 28, 2010
Name: LoRei DeWeese
Entry: Jane I am so sorry for the loss of you father. What a remarkable tribute to have a funeral home just for veterans. This is great.

Date: Apr 28, 2010
Name: Georgia l Romans
Entry: Jane, so very sorry for your loss. He sounded like an exceptional person, especially his military service.

Date: Apr 28, 2010
Name: Dawn van Buren
Entry: When I think of Neal Eaton, I think of intelligent, supportive, a wonderful neighbor and a man with a quick wit----the list goes on and on. Oh, yeah and very distinguished. Neal and Sally were our neighbors in Dallas----lucky for us. Many fun and good memories stick in my mind during those days in Texas. One that I will never forget happened on July 21, 1986. Sally's longtime friends, Dor and Mary Ann were visiting Neal and Sally. Neal decided to take them to an upscale restaurant in Dallas by the name of Dynasty. Neal also invited me and our neighbor Juanda. When the waiter approached our table, he asked Neal why he was with 5 women. Neal instantly replied "At one time or another I have been married to all 5 of these women and I am taking them out for a special dinner." As the waiter turned pale and his eves bugged out of his head, Neal proceeded with ordering! That is just one of many fun times with the Eatons. Neal loved Sally so much and did such special things for her. And, Sally you took such special care of this dear man during his illness. We know where he is today. Dawn and Van van Buren Adel, Iowa

Date: Apr 28, 2010
Name: Ruth Sade
Entry: it's always sad when a loved one leaves us, I will always remember your father as a soft spoken kind hearted man, I'm sure he passed in peace with Jane & Sally by his side.Remember the wonderful life he had and all the wonderful memories he leaves behind

Date: Apr 28, 2010
Name: Alice Evans
Entry: The words that first come to mind to describe Neal are gentle man and gentleman. With that and his sense of humor, I can see how Sall fell in love. Neal was quite fortunate or have Sally and Janie by his side in his last days and weeks. There was no doubt about the love that existed in that home. Peace be with you all.

Date: Apr 28, 2010
Name: Martha Lee Eaton Collins
Entry: How fortunate I have been to live close to Neal, in Florida, these past few years.We spent many happy times together sharing stories and memories. He and Sally shared their home with us and Neal especially enjoyed sitting on our deck in Dunedin. What a brillant brother! We saw Sally show her special love for Neal until his final breath. His daughter, Janie, was a comfort and help to Sally in so many ways. Being the youngest of 6 children I saw history created throughout the years. Neal made sure our family "stayed together" in various ways. Thank you Neal for all our memories. You once called me "Blondie" I liked that!! With love from your sister Martha Lee

Date: Apr 28, 2010
Name: Robert J. Collins Jr.
Entry: My brother-in-law's insights and intelligence were helpful to me in several situations. I always felt that marrying into the Eaton Family was one of my best decisions. Neal came along with this package that included his baby sister. I was always proud to introduce him as my brother-in-law. His wit and charm were paramount in his gentle personality. He was always interested in how we were doing in our travels through life. You will never be forgotten. Bob

Date: Apr 28, 2010
Name: Sandra Gile
Entry: I met Neal when he was in town for a family reunion that his daughter Jane was having. What a delightful, sweet man he was! I truly enjoyed talking with him and I know his family will miss him greatly. Jane, Geoff, and Shannon, I am so sorry for your loss. Sandy

Date: Apr 28, 2010
Name: Betsy Hastings Clauser
Entry: He was a dear when I met him in 1960 and he was a dear when I last saw him at Skip's bedside.We laughed together and cried together in that time. I got to hold his big hand and enjoy his smile. For that was Neal--that dapper gentleman in Park Forest, chaperoning splash parties at the Aquacenter, always at church when the doors were open. My dad always knew he could count on Neal to do whatever was asked--and then some. A great neighbor, church family member, and just a wonderful man who will be sorely missed. But I know Skip is happy to be reunited with his dad. God bless you, Sally and your family and to his children and grandchildren. With love, Betsy

Date: Apr 27, 2010
Name: Bob & Gail Holzapfel
Entry: It was a great joy and indeed an honor having Neal as a neighbor and friend for these past 10 years. We shall always remember him as the true gentlemen he was. Neal will be missed but the good memories of this great man will live in our hearts for the rest of our lives.

Date: Apr 27, 2010
Name: Shannon E. Henderson
Entry: Pal, that was my Grandfather's nickname for me. I loved it when he called me that, I guess because it made me feel special to him. I know how special he was to me. How I always got butterflies in my stomach, and a huge smile when he would come to see me. Whether it was marching in a parade as a child in brownies club in Park Forest, IL. or riding my show horse at the apex of my showing career at the World Championships in Fort Worth, Tx. as an adult. Just knowing he took time for me made me proud and happy. Grandpa has been and always will be my catalyst for my business endeavors. He was my mentor and my courage to take a chance and go out on my own to make an idea or dream a reality. He was a good business man, a kind person, and will always be my personal Pal. Love Always, Your Pal Shannon

Date: Apr 26, 2010
Name: Sally Eaton
Entry: Neal and I were married for almost thirty-two years. We met back in the 1970’s, singing in a church choir. I can’t even say for sure when it was that I met him. What I do recall was my impression of him. We choir members were asked to volunteer for some activity. It may have been to bake cookies for some event or serve on a committee. Many people offered excuses why they couldn’t participate, but Neal said, “I’d be glad to.” I was really impressed by his willingness to help. To me that was one of Neal’s most endearing qualities. Neal cared about people and would always go out of his way to do whatever he could for them. Sometimes it was by offering his time, concern and support; and sometimes it was by offering a hug, a smile or a joke. Everyone loved his sense of humor, and even in his final days and weeks, he still made us all laugh out loud day after day. It is with a very heavy heart that I say goodbye to this gentle man and true gentleman. Even though you have passed on, Neal, you will always be in my heart. My last birthday card to you, with a picture of a little boy and girl walking hand in hand into the woods, truly expressed my sentiments. It read, “I’m not letting go… ever.” Much love always, Sally

Date: Apr 26, 2010
Name: Jane A. Eaton-Henderson
Entry: This last month has been an experience I will never, ever forget! I felt closer to Daddy than ever before! As Sally and I tended to his needs, he was always so sweet, always thanking us for the littlest thing, always telling us he loved us, and always reaching out for a hug and a kiss. Our love for him forged a bond between us that will keep his beautiful memory alive. Many friends and family members were able to come celebrate his life with him, and he entertained all of us with his wonderful sense of humor. Daddy, you have embarked on this, your new journey. You have left behind a thankful, devoted daughter, filled with new love and respect for our relationship. Love always, Your daughter, Janie

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