Earl F. “Pete” Neely, Jr., age 93, of Allison Park, formerly of Evans City and Cranberry Twp., passed away on Wednesday afternoon, May 24, 2023 at UPMC Passavant Hospital in McCandless Township.
Born in Franklin Park, PA on August 27, 1929, he was the son of the late Earl F. Neely, Sr., and Rachel Crispens Neely.
Pete worked for the Nagel Company for years before starting his own company, Earl Neely Masonry. His company did blockwork and brickwork on many homes and buildings in the North Hills and surrounding areas.
He served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953 attaining the rank of Corporal. His service took him to Korea for one year during the war.
He was a lifelong member of the Franklin Park Baptist Church, serving as a deacon and “the Candy Man”. He was an avid deer and bear hunter in the woods of Cameron County near Emporium, PA.
Pete had a witty sense of humor that popped out often and when least expected. He loved the Pittsburgh sports teams, Pirates, Steelers and Penguins. He was at the Steelers game when Franco made the immaculate reception. Pete loved to play softball and was quite good at the game.
Surviving are his daughter, Joyce Afflerbach (Joe) of Allison Park, his son, Ken Neely (Nancy) of Boise, Idaho, his grandchildren, Ian Neely (Rie), the late William Neely, Rachel Neely, Lacey Bartholomew (Tim), Dustin Klein, Joe Afflerbach, and Ben Neely, two great granddaughters, Autumn Sandra Wray Neely and Rosemary Klein Bartholomew, a sister, Janet Tehois of Pittsburgh, two brothers, William Neely of Franklin Park and Vaughn Neely (Kathy) of Simpsonville, S.C. and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary L. Cress Neely, who he married on May 9, 1953 and who died on June 27, 2017 and by a sister, Geraldine Crehan.
Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Wednesday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM at the Franklin Park Baptist Church, 2470 Nicholson Rd. Sewickley, PA 15143. Burial will be in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks if memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (Alzheimer’s Association https://www.alz.org/) in Earl’s name. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.