Darke County Genealogical Researchers > List Memorials Page > Vern W. Nealeigh

In Memory Of
Vern Nealeigh
December 6, 1928-
August 31, 2002
73 years, 8 months, and 25 days
He Loved Darke County History

Obituary – Vern W. Nealeigh – Greenville Newspaper

Vern W. Nealeigh, 73, 1199 Russ Road, Greenville, died at 10:45 a.m. August 31, 2002, in the Hospice Wing of Veterans Administration Center, Dayton.

He was born Dec. 6, 1928, in Greenville, son of Daniel A. and Bonnie (Wills) Nealeigh. Also deceased are his brothers, Daniel A. “Bud” Nealeigh, Jr. and Guy Nealeigh; and sisters, Martie Huntzinger and Mary Lou Unger.

Mr. Nealeigh had been employed at the Greenville Public Library in the genealogy department and also worked at Garst Museum and as an antique dealer.

A veteran of the Korean War, having served in the U.S. Air Force, he graduated in 1946 from Greenville High School. He attended Bowling Green State University and Ohio State University.

He had worked in Virginia with the NASA program and was active in the Darke County Historical Society and Genealogy Society. He also attended the Greenville Missionary Church.

Surviving are two brothers and a sister-in-law, T. Richard (Marilyn) Nealeigh of Columbus and Rev. James P. Nealeigh of Greenville; four sisters and a brother-in-law, Bonnie Fourman, Barbara Pfoutz, Nancy Wenger and Ann (Richard) Preston, all of Greenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Greenville Missionary Church, 1110 N. Broadway, Greenville, with the Rev. Gary Oser officiating. Burial will be in the Greenville Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services Friday at the church. Zechar bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice Wing of the Dayton VA Center.

Hello to All,

Sadly, I have just received word that a great friend of genealogy and history of Darke County has passed away. We lost Vern Nealeigh this morning to cancer. Vern had a deep enduring love for Darke County, and possessed a tremendous wealth of knowledge regarding Darke County history and families.

For those of you who are long time Darke County researchers, Vern probably helped you sometime during his long tenure with Garst Museum as an assistant to Toni Seiler. For those of you more recently investigating Darke Co., you may have worked with Vern in his latest job with the Greenville Public Library as the "host" of the genealogy room.

I last saw Vern in the VA Hospital in Dayton a few weeks after he had been diagnosed with cancer. I knew that there was little hope that he would improve but the evening before ListFest 2002 when we last visited, he was very upbeat, and we laughed and talked almost as normal. I'm so thankful to have been given the opportunity to spend just a little more time with him...

There are no arrangements at this time. The body is to be cremated and there will be a Memorial Service announced by the family at a later date.

I will greatly miss my dear friend Vern.


Vern at ListFest 2001 in the Greenville Park.