MARENGO – John T. Neis, 86, of Marengo, died Monday, March 4, 2013, at SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford.
He was born Oct. 4, 1926, in Amboy, to Adelbert and Bertilla (Dyer) Neis. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and Korea, and a member of Marengo Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 689910. He was the proprietor of the Rexall drugstore in Ohio, and insurance executive for Bank Insurance, dealing in credit life insurance for banks. He helped establish Neis Insurance Co. in Crystal Lake.
He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Mary (Richard) Phannenstill; his son, Thomas (Marilyn) Neis; three grandchildren, Elizabeth Neis, Melissa (Chris) Wittenborn, and R.J. Phannenstill; four nieces, Annie Smith, Barb Wuchiski, Cindy Barich, and Debbie Herber; and longtime companion, Pat Hawkins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Molly; and his sister, Betty Barich Newses.
Graveside service will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Crystal Lake Memorial Park. Skaja Bachmann Funeral Home in Crystal Lake is completing arrangements.
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