OBITUARY

Neal Jerome Parant

November 21, 1962September 24, 2020
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NEAL JEROME PARANT 11-21-1962 til 09/24/2020

Neal was born on November 21st 1962 to parents, Joan and Neal Loth who was in the Army and stationed in Huntsville Alabama before being transfered overseas. Mom & Baby Neal then returned to Chicago to live with her parents to find work and raise Neal until Dad returned from service. Shortly thereafter Mom & Dad fell out of love and divorced. Baby Neal was nurtured very well by all members of the family including Grandparents Fred & Rose, and Sisters Nancy & Susan. Mom's Job at Johnson & Johnson eventually brought her in contact with Harry Parant and after a year of courtship, they were married and Neal was adopted by Harry and given the Parant name.

As Neal grew, he was constantly active and curious about everything. He loved working with his hands taking things apart to learn their inner workings; a trait which continued thru-out his life. After high school, Neal went on to earn Associates Degrees in a Diesel Technology and Tool & Die Manufacturing. Resourceful and Hard Working were his trademarks in his working career as a Diesel Mechanic, Mold Maker, Machinist, CNC Programmer and Machining Shop Supervisor.

While not much for Book Learning, Neal was very quick to absorb new ideas and always sought to try new ways to improve with an adventurous spirit. His fun passions were in Swimming & Scuba Diving, Fishing, Boating and anything to do with being on or in the water. He also was avid about Body Building and competed with gusto for several years and kept up his workout routine. He loved his Motorcycles too. Even after a serious accident which almost took his life. At age 25, Neal married Phyllis and settled in Mantua, Ohio. They had 2 children, Jessica and Joseph who are now full grown and pursuing their own careers. The marriage ended in divorce after ten years and each has gone on their own ways to find happiness. Neal moved to Florida for about 10 years to be closer to relatives. He was greatly trouble with the passing of his Mom, Joan and then moved to South Carolina to live closer to Harry. His kind nature and sense of humor was ever-present in his persona and interactions. In later life, Neal began to appreciate traveling to the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Minnesota, Utah and Wisconsin with Harry. Their RV Trips and Cruises together rekindled a lasting bond beyond life itself.

May He Rest in Peace with Our Lord.

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Jessica Parant

June 23, 2021

Before I even knew how to walk I completely idolized my father and I was definitely a ‘daddy’s girl’. Even in my thirties, that has never changed. He may have had his flaws, but he was the funniest person I knew and one of the only people I felt truly understood me.

Although our relationship was tumultuous at times, I always loved him and I know he always loved me. Complicated as it was, that unshakeable foundation and the bond we had was something that we both held on to.

Losing him last year was the most devastating feeling that I’ve ever experienced. I felt like a piece of my soul was ripped out of me. Still, I get that feeling in the pit of my chest when I think about him, like there’s a gaping hole there that I can’t fill.

And I see him every day. As I look in the mirror and vibrant green eyes are reflected back at me, as I look at any body of water and feel a serene calm wash over me, as I think of something funny I know he would laugh at. I still see his lopsided grin and still hear his laugh ringing out.

I have such strong feelings of regret for not spending more time with him, not calling him enough, not telling him I love him more, not explicitly forgiving him for his faults. But I have to believe that he knows that. He knows that his little girl forgives him and has always loved him.

I spent so much of my life trying to reach him through being who I thought he would want me to be. Trying to find ways to reconnect. But in reality, our connection was never lost. That foundation was resilient. Our connection, though frayed at times, was never severed. And now, reflecting, I can see it was stronger than anything else we endured.
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Gordon Hokkala

June 22, 2021

Well what can I say about Neal. There are so many good memories. Neal lived with Caro and I for a time. While I was on the road I never had to worry about things at the house because he would fix anything that stopped working and his aunt Caro always had plenty of projects for him to do. I'd call him and he'd tell me about the list Caro had for him. I'd just say welcome to my world and laugh 😅. He never complained and never had a bad word about anyone. One time Neal and his girlfriend and Caro and I were fishing in Charlotte Harbor. We we're on my old Bayliner with a cuddy cabin.. The day started warm and clear and the beer was cold. We had a few fish in the box so all was well. Then as it does in Florida the storms rolled in. I could see the rain squall heading toward us so we pulled anchor ⚓and headed for Neal and Vals dock. The tide was out so the river was low and we ran aground about 50 yards from the dock. The rain started and I said let's go into the cabin until it blows over so we did. The rain was pouring down and my hatch lid was leaking badly. All of a sudden Neal's girlfriend starts yelling OMG we're sinking. I looked at Neal and he was shaking his head and laughing. He told her we can't be sinking because we're already on the bottom of the river. Anyway it was a good adventure. One of many memories Caro and I will remember. You will be missed my friend but not forgotten 💔

kim ward

June 22, 2021

kim ward

June 22, 2021

Hello, my name is Kim Ward.I am Neal’s first cousin on his mother’s side. Neal and I were very close growing up, even though we did not live close by, when we did get together we never skipped a beat! Probably my first memory of our childhood was playing Ghost in the graveyard in Oak Lawn. Neal got a kick out of his brother John not being able to whistle. When we would hide, Neal would yell out,”Johnny can’t find me, Johnny can’t find me!” And John would answer with his fake whistle; “Arrow-it, Arrow-it!”. Neal would crack up!Then in his teenage years, I always knew I could find him wrenching on a car in the garage! Usually with music blasting (ie;Black Betty by Ram Jam) Otherwise, if it was football season you knew he would be in-front of the tv rooting his Steelers on!!!! Now Neal being older than me, I looked up to him and was a Steelers fan for most my elementary years. However, in 1983 I became a die hard Bears fan. Neal and I have enjoyed a fun rivalry of NFL over the years! I even root for the Steelers when the Bears don’t make the playoffs! Outside of NFL we share so many other loves! A love for the water!❤️ Whether it was a lake or the ocean, fishing, boating or beer! Wherever we were we would always say “Is it beer 30 yet?!” My cousin, John, my sister, Kerry, Neal and myself, had such great times together in Texas(where John went to school). or in Florida where we would visit our Grandparents! We loved going to the beaches and the ocean! Wave runners, volleyball, Long Island Ice Teas,Sunsets and walks on the beach finding treasures; hermit crabs, star fish, or the occasional jelly fish! We also loved our seafood! We would always go out for raw oysters and perl and eat shrimp! (oh bucket boy)! 🤣😂 Neal had such a child like spirit! Always seeing the world through child like eyes! He saw every moment of every day with wonder and mischief! I will miss you dearly cousin!❤️
Ps: John, we did not kill the spider!!

Neal and Valerie Loth

June 16, 2021

Neal and Valerie Loth

June 16, 2021

neal and valerie loth

June 16, 2021

neal and valerie loth

June 16, 2021

Neal and Valerie Loth

June 16, 2021

Neal and Valerie Loth

June 16, 2021

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