Fountain Neal


COMPTON - Fountain Neal, 95, of Compton, passed away peacefully on June 28, 2018 at the Mendota Lutheran Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3 at Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota with Chaplin Kent Terry officiating. Burial will be at the Melugins Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour prior to services July 3 at the funeral home.

Fountain was born Aug. 29, 1922 in West Frankfort to Fountain and Alma (Stebbens) Neal. He married Esta (London) Neal in June of 1942 and they had four sons.

Fountain lived in Compton, where he raised his family. He worked in the feed and fertilizer business and owned and managed Compton Ag Service for many years. He also worked with the Cub Scouts and was on the Compton Village Board. He married Gerry Kromm on June 28, 1987 and they lived happily in the Compton/Mendota area. He proudly served with the U.S. Army in the South Pacific during World War II, where he was an amphibious tank driver and was involved in a number of island assault landings. He was also called back into the service during the Korean War. He was definitely a part of the greatest generation and will be missed.

Survivors include four sons, Terry (Kris) Neal and David (Liz) Neal, both of Compton, Dennis (Carolyn) Neal of Rochelle, and Michael (Bettie) Neal of Madison, Wis.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and four stepsons, Stephen (Pam) Kromm, Robert (Luann) Kromm and Timothy Kromm, all of West Brooklyn, and David (Laurie) Kromm of Mineral Point, Wis.

He was preceded in death by Esta (London) Neal, Eunice (Charn) Neal and Gerry (Kromm) Neal, his parents, one brother and one sister.

Memorials may be directed to Mendota VFW Post 4079 and the American Legion in Mendota and Compton.

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