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Joseph Neky
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Joseph Thaddeus Neky, 77, died Monday, Sept. 1, after a long battle with heart disease, at Doctors Hospital of Manteca, surrounded by family.

He was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Sophie and Joseph Neky. The youngest of five children, he was a resident of Manteca for 25 years.

He married his childhood sweetheart, Gerry Parrillo, in Chicago at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.

Mr. Neky was a veteran of the Korean War, serving at White Sands Test Station, N.M., testing motors for the Nike missile. He was honorably discharged at the rank of corporal.

He served as a S.H.A.R.P. volunteer with the Manteca Police Department, and also volunteered at the former St. Dominic's Hospital in Manteca (now Kaiser). He enjoyed being with his family and attending various events with his grandchildren. He was also an avid reader, sometimes reading three books simultaneously; among his favorites were the Lonesome Dove series. He was also a huge fan of the San Francisco 49ers.

In his youth, he was an avid ball player, played street roller hockey and enjoyed going to the shooting range.

He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Gerry (Parrillo) Neky; sons, Joseph R. Neky of Pittsburgh, PA, and Michael R. Neky of Modesto; daughter, Karen L. Neky-Peters of Escalon; brother, Eddie Obodzinksi of WI; sister, Jean (Obodzinski) Marrello of Chicago; brother-in-law Joseph Parrillo of Bartlett, IL; grandchildren, Jennifer Kendrick, M. Rocky Neky, Josef Peters, Stephen Neky, Alexandra Peters, Matthew Neky and Sarah Neky; and great-grandchildren, Nathan Kendrick and Haley Kendrick.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Henry Obodzinski and Steve Obodzinski.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4 at United Lutheran Church, Manteca. A member of the Neptune Society, his remains will be cremated.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association.

P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home, Manteca, in charge of arrangements.

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Sept. 10, 2008