J. Michael "Big Mike" McNeal Jr., 59, of Middletown, Md., died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at home surrounded by family and friends.
Born May 10, 1953, in Arlington County, Va., he was the son of Ann C. McNeal and the late Joseph M. McNeal of Frederick, Md.
Mike was the manager of the Frederick division of Griffith Energy Services Inc., where he was employed for 38 years.
He was a life member of the Middletown Volunteer Fire Co., where he served for 24 years. Mike served as a board director, driver training officer, and regularly assisted with the company's carnival, bingo, banquets and many other fundraisers. Mike was also a life member of the Braddock Heights Volunteer Fire Co., where he served as fire/rescue chief for six years and held various other operational and administrative positions. Mike also served on various Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue and Maryland State Firemen's Association committees and was a member of the Hall of Fame. Mike also served for five years as a member of United Steam Fire Engine Co. No. 3 Inc.
Mike attended St. John's Regional Catholic School and graduated from Governor Thomas Johnson High School in 1971.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Karen C. McNeal; one stepdaughter, Sarah K. Stevens and her husband, Patrick, of Middletown; and one stepson, David S. Gysberts of Hagerstown. He also is survived by two grandsons, Connor and Luke Stevens. In addition, he is survived by a sister, Joanne McNeal; a brother, Marc McNeal and his wife, Robin D. McNeal, and their two children, Kristen and Brandon McNeal, all of Frederick. Also surviving him is an aunt, Rose Marie Myers of Frederick; and his cousin, Kenneth Willard of Fort Myers, Fla.
A memorial service will be Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Stauffer Funeral Home, 1620 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to Middletown Volunteer Fire Co., P.O. Box 322, Middletown, MD 27169 or Hospice of Frederick County, P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, MD 21702.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.staufferfuneralhome.com.