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Published: Tuesday, 10/3/2006

N.J. native directed corporate credit for OC and L-O-F

John F. Neary, who spent 25 years directing and managing corporate credit for Owens Corning and later Libbey-Owens-Ford, died Saturday in the Goerlich Center in Sylvania. He was 82.

The cause of death was not known. Mr. Neary was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and lived for nearly a year at the center, his son, James Neary, said.

He was a native of Newark and attended Notre Dame University for two years before becoming an officer in the Navy during World War II. After his military service, Mr. Neary finished college in 1948 at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J. He received a master's degree in business administration from New York University in 1952.

Mr. Neary joined the Colgate Palmolive Co. in 1951 after working three years as Seton Hall's director of admissions and student personnel.

He was associate director of the National Association of Credit Research Foundation from 1958 to 1962, when he was hired by Owens Corning as a division credit manager.

The younger Mr. Neary said his father moved his family to Toledo for the job opportunity with Owens Corning.

"I don't think they ever looked back," he said. "They were very happy in Toledo."

The family settled in West Toledo.

Mr. Neary later became corporate credit manager for Owens Corning, his son said.

In 1976, Mr. Neary was appointed director of corporate credit for Libbey-Owens-Ford.

Two years later, he was elected a director of the National Association of Credit Management.

Mr. Neary retired at the end of 1988.

His wife of 57 years, Kathleen Neary, died in November, 2005.

Surviving are his daughter, Kathy Neary; sons, John, James, and Michael; sister, Patricia Brydon, and five grandchildren.

The body will be in the J. Jeffrey Fretti Funeral Home after 5 p.m. Friday. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Christ the King Catholic Church.

The family suggests tributes to the Alzheimer's Association or the Goerlich Center.

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