OBITUARY

Roy Lee Neal

November 28, 1939November 7, 2018
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Roy Lee Neal Jr. of Northville, Michigan passed away on November 7th, 2018 at the age of 78.

Roy was born November 28th, 1939 in Hughes, Arkansas as the 3rd child of Roy & Lois Neal. He graduated from Ridgeway High School in Pennsylvania in 1957 with a graduating class of 16.

Roy went on to the US Army where he proudly served with the 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles) and as a graduate of the coveted Ranger Tabs and beret. Roy was eventually stationed in Iceland as part of a prepositioning force and served his final months of duty in Massachusetts.

Upon being discharged from the Army, Roy went to work for Modern Finance Company where he learned the trade of financial institutions that would serve him well in his future. He would work in this field until he transitioned into the insurance industry. Roy left the finance world and started working as an Insurance Agent for Underwriters Agency selling insurance to Churches for Church Mutual. After learning the industry, Roy left Underwriters Agency to found the company that became part of his identity to the local community, The Insurance House-Zink Agency. Purchasing the existing Zink Agency with borrowed funds would be a gamble for most but this turned out to be the best business decision of his life. Working with his local jurisdiction of Redford Township, Roy helped create the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority which is an alternative to traditional insurance for Government Entity’s. It is now one of the largest managed funds of Government assets in the country. During this time, he also started Group Health Managers .The Insurance House-Zink Agency has been located in the same building since 1939 and set the standard for the Township beautification award as a testament to Roy’s commitment to Redford Township.

Roy was heavily involved in his local church community as he was a member of Redford’s Covenant Community Church for years where he served on the Deacon Board and as Director of Christian Service Brigade Ministries. Roy’s leadership and direction were noticed as he served as the metro area Director for CSB for over 25 years leading countless men to Christ through his ministry. During this time, Roy also served on the Board of Directors for Dr. Jack Van Impe Ministries and was even the executive producer for a season of their television show. Roy moved his membership to Solid Rock Bible Church of Plymouth where he served as a small group Bible Study leader for years. When the church opened a new branch in South Lyon, Roy moved his membership there to help grow that congregation. Behind the scene’s Roy was able to help many former ministers transition to other fields after they had left the ministry as a way of taking care of people when others didn’t know how to.

Roy’s greatest source of pride was his family. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Linda Neal, and his two children, Christine Ferrell and her husband, Rev. William Ferrell, and Roy Neal III. He is survived by his grandchild Kimberly Ferrell, 9 nephews and nieces along with 8 step nephews and nieces. In addition, he is survived by both his older sisters, Betty and Pat, along with his younger brother Charlie.

Roy Neal Jr. was an amazing man. He was blunt and to the point, but quick to lend a helping hand to anyone that needed it. Hosting family events where he often cooked for everyone, he could typically be found siting on his deck watching all the action in the backyard telling stories and making everyone laugh. He lived an incredible life as a loving husband, father, grandparent, teacher and coach. He made the world around him a better place. He made those around him strive to be better as he was an example of character and integrity. He will be greatly missed.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, November 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, November 11, 2018
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Gust Bassianotis

November 9, 2018

My memories of Roy will remain until I walk with him in heaven. He was a great friend through the tough times and through good times. Always there for those he loveed and appreciated. Lions games, singing as we were driving to our destination, praying together or enjoying a meal at the Redford Inn . My memories of my bud. See you soon my friend.

Karen Dargo

November 9, 2018

I've known Mr. Neal the past 14 years. What i remember most is his love for music and how he was always concerned about me and how i am and how my business was. Most of all everytime I was with him, he would tell me how lucky a guy he was to have Linda as his wife. You will be missed big guy. Until we meet again.

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Biography

Roy Lee Neal Jr. of Northville, Michigan passed away on November 7th, 2018 at the age of 78.

Roy was born November 28th, 1939 in Hughes, Arkansas as the 3rd child of Roy & Lois Neal. He graduated from Ridgeway High School in Pennsylvania in 1957 with a graduating class of 16.

Roy went on to the US Army where he proudly served with the 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles) and as a graduate of the coveted Ranger Tabs and beret. Roy was eventually stationed in Iceland as part of a prepositioning force and served his final months of duty in Massachusetts.

Upon being discharged from the Army, Roy went to work for Modern Finance Company where he learned the trade of financial institutions that would serve him well in his future. He would work in this field until he transitioned into the insurance industry. Roy left the finance world and started working as an Insurance Agent for Underwriters Agency selling insurance to Churches for Church Mutual. After learning the industry, Roy left Underwriters Agency to found the company that became part of his identity to the local community, The Insurance House-Zink Agency. Purchasing the existing Zink Agency with borrowed funds would be a gamble for most but this turned out to be the best business decision of his life. Working with his local jurisdiction of Redford Township, Roy helped create the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority which is an alternative to traditional insurance for Government Entity’s. It is now one of the largest managed funds of Government assets in the country. During this time, he also started Group Health Managers .The Insurance House-Zink Agency has been located in the same building since 1939 and set the standard for the Township beautification award as a testament to Roy’s commitment to Redford Township.

Roy was heavily involved in his local church community as he was a member of Redford’s Covenant Community Church for years where he served on the Deacon Board and as Director of Christian Service Brigade Ministries. Roy’s leadership and direction were noticed as he served as the metro area Director for CSB for over 25 years leading countless men to Christ through his ministry. During this time, Roy also served on the Board of Directors for Dr. Jack Van Impe Ministries and was even the executive producer for a season of their television show. Roy moved his membership to Solid Rock Bible Church of Plymouth where he served as a small group Bible Study leader for years. When the church opened a new branch in South Lyon, Roy moved his membership there to help grow that congregation. Behind the scene’s Roy was able to help many former ministers transition to other fields after they had left the ministry as a way of taking care of people when others didn’t know how to.

Roy’s greatest source of pride was his family. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Linda Neal, and his two children, Christine Ferrell and her husband, Rev. William Ferrell, and Roy Neal III. He is survived by his grandchild Kimberly Ferrell, 9 nephews and nieces along with 8 step nephews and nieces. In addition, he is survived by both his older sisters, Betty and Pat, along with his younger brother Charlie.

Roy Neal Jr. was an amazing man. He was blunt and to the point, but quick to lend a helping hand to anyone that needed it. Hosting family events where he often cooked for everyone, he could typically be found siting on his deck watching all the action in the backyard telling stories and making everyone laugh. He lived an incredible life as a loving husband, father, grandparent, teacher and coach. He made the world around him a better place. He made those around him strive to be better as he was an example of character and integrity. He will be greatly missed.

Viewing at Harry J. Will Funeral Home in Livonia on Sunday 11/11/18 from 2-9pm with a Funeral Service at 7pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Huron Forest Camp Cedar Ridge for camperships.