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Frank Neely
Passed: Wednesday January 24, 2018

Frank H. Neely, age 91, passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2018. He was the son of Forest H. Neely and Marion S. Neely, born in Fairmont, WV March 4, 1926. He graduated from Oakmont High School in June, 1943. He then began studying Mining Engineering at West Virginia University. He was drafted into the United States Army on September 8, 1944. After basic training, he was assigned to the 334 Infantry Regiment of the 84th Infantry Division. He received the Combat Infantry Badge, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and Army Occupation medal. He attained the rank of Master Sargent, and was discharged on July 30, 1946. He returned to his studies at West Virginia University, where he met his future wife Virginia A. Morehead, and completed a BSEM in 1949, and MSEM (Master of Science in Engineering of Mines) in 1950. Upon graduation from college, he went to work in 1950 in Uniontown, for the H.C. Frick Coal and Coke Company, starting as a chainman at the various mines in Fayette, and Washington Counties. He held various engineering positions throughout his career. He married Virginia June 9, 1951 in Elizabeth, WV. They moved to Ben Lomond Street in Uniontown. They had two children Frank, Jr. who married Pamela of Madisonville, KY, and Faith married to William Bragg of Cross Lanes, WV. There are 5 Grandchildren, April Neely of Low Hill PA, Frank, III and Andrea Caudill of Madisonville, KY. Scott and Brittney Bragg of Charleston, SC and Hope Bragg of Cross Lanes, WV. There are 2 great grandchildren, Paisley Caudill of Madisonville, KY and Henry Bragg of Charleston, SC. Virginia preceded him in death on December 16, 2010. He seemed lost without her company. He took care of the mining engineering work for various Frick mines such as Bridgeport, Collier, Maxwell, Karen, and was directly involved in re-opening of what became the Maple Creek Mine. He became a Registered Professional Engineer in the early 1960’s. He retired in 1986 as a Senior Engineer in the Northern Division of U. S. Steel Mining Company. He was an avid and good golfer for most of his life, constantly practicing in his back yard. After retirement he was a member of the Duck Hollow Golf Club for many years, where he had a hole in one on the 7th hole. He lettered at WVU in golf in ’43-’44. Additionally, he was the last original active member of the U.S Steel Golf League, and active for many years in the Fayette County Senior Golf Association. He was also an excellent rubber band duckpin bowler, active until Laurel Lanes closed. He had one 300 game to his credit. He was a member of Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Uniontown. He was also a 32nd degree Mason and member of Fayette Lodge 228. He was also a member of WVU Alumni Association. Prior to and during most of his retirement, he became a meticulous gardener, putting enough plants for half the neighborhood. Many thanks to Howard Wiltrout for the opportunity for Frank to garden with him for many years. Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIES, INC., 80 Morgantown Street, Uniontown, PA where family and friends will be received on Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 2 until 4 pm and 6 until 8 pm followed by military service accorded by AMVETS Post 103 of Hopwood at 8 pm. Visitation will continue in the Matheny-Whited Funeral Home, 448 Juliana St, Elizabeth, WV 26143 on Monday from 10 until noon with a service celebrating Frank’s life at noon with Rev. James Gear officiating. Interment will follow in the Knights of Pythias Cemetery. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at adferguson.com and on the funeral home Facebook page.

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