John A. NenoJOHN ARTHUR NENO, SR., of 1959 Mecklenburg Road, Ithaca, NY entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ at home on May 13, 2010, at the age of 85.

Born March 13, 1925, in Auburn, NY, John was the son of the late James and Nellie Neno.  After graduation from Groton High School in 1942, John enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 1st Army 254th Combat Engineer Battalion driving a weapons carrier on D-Day at Omaha Beachhead and the Battle of the Bulge.  He served in campaigns in Central Europe, Rhineland, Northern France and Ardennes.  He received citations including a European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal.  After completing his service, he owned and operated successful businesses including: Johnny’s Welding Service, The Iron Shop, Johnny’s Tank Service and until his retirement in 1990, Johnny’s Wholesale, Inc.

In 1964, fulfilling a lifelong dream and having earned his private pilot’s license, John enjoyed flying his Piper Tripacer and J3 Cub. He was a founding member of both the Ithaca Soaring Club and Ithaca EAA Chapter #811.  He was also a member and past president of the East Hill Flying Club.  John was a member of the Newfield United Methodist Church, the Enfield Breakfast Club and the Enfield Senior Citizens. He and his wife were also team members for Marriage Encounter.

A resident of Enfield, John was married to Alice T. Neno for 58 years until Alice’s passing September 9, 2009.  They raised a loving family consisting of daughter Barbara (Herb) Masser and sons John (Diana) Neno, Jr., and Richard (Judy) Neno.  Other survivors include a Sister-in-law Dona Neno of Lansing, NY and grandchildren Heather (Ken) Allen of Ithaca, Stephanie (Eric) Hanville of Ithaca, Jennifer Hoffman of Mays Landing, NJ, Richard Neno, Jr. of Ithaca, Nicholas Masser of Ithaca,  Catherine and Christina Neno of Poughkeepsie, NY and Kasey (Mike) Purcell of Syracuse, NY.

John was blessed with 8 great grandchildren; Austin, Morgan, Kaylyn, Cayden, Eric, Emma, Chase and Johnathan, along with a treasured extended family.  John was preceded in death by his brothers James and Roderick.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, May 16, from 3-6 pm at the Newfield United Methodist Church, 229 Main Street, Newfield, N.Y.  A memorial service, officiated by Pastors’ Janice Downey and Sam Neno will be conducted at the Newfield United Methodist Church on Monday, May 17 at 4 pm.  Ness-Sibley Funeral Home of Trumansburg is in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Newfield United Methodist Church, PO Box 143, Newfield, NY 14867.