Neal P. Thirtyacre, 83, of Illinois City, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf. A live broadcasted funeral will be available for viewing at 10 a.m. Saturday at https://www.wheelanpressly.com/milan-live-stream. Public visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Milan. In accordance with gathering restrictions, attendees are expected to wear a mask and observe social distancing. The funeral home staff will monitor capacity limits and allow up to 50 people in at a time. Burial will be in Drury-Reynolds Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family.
Neal was born June 26, 1937 in Muscatine, a son of Maynard and Ruth (Nyenhuis) Thirtyacre. He married Susan Erickson on May 4, 1974 in Aledo. Neal was known as “Pooh” by his relatives and close friends. Neal retired from the Illinois State Police as head of the Radio Communications department after 36 years of service. He enjoyed traveling, fishing in Minnesota, telling stories, ham radio, watching birds and spending time with his family.
Left to cherish Neal’s memory are his wife, Susan; daughter, Annie and her husband, Steve, who was like a son to Neal. Also surviving are Neal’s brothers, Fred (Pat) and Jack (Sue) Thirtyacre; sister, Ruth Mary Freeborn, all of Illinois City; brother in law, Dennis (Patti) Erickson, Pittsburgh, PA and sister in law, Alice Wainwright, Milan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father in law, Betty and Wayne Erickson and a niece, Amy Freeborn.
Neal will be dearly missed by his Yorkie, Charlie, and his cat, Tiger.
Neal’s family would like to extend a special thanks to the Staff at Hope Creek and Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Dr. B. Reddy and Dr. Kovich.
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