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John Neis

MARENGO —  John T. Neis, 86, of Marengo, died Monday, March 4, 2013, at Swedish-American Hospital in Rockford.

He was born Oct. 4, 1926, in Amboy to Adelbert and Bertilla (Dyer) Neis. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and Korea, and a member of Marengo VFW Post 689910. He was the proprietor of the Rexall Drug Store in Ohio, Ill., 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; and four nieces, Annie Smith, Barb Wuchiski, Cindy Barich and Debbie Herber; and his longtime companion, Pat Hawkins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Molly; and his sister, Betty Barich Newses.

There will be a graveside service at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Crystal Lake Memorial Park in Crystal Lake. For funeral information, call 815-455-2233 or visit skajafuneralhomes.com.

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