Former Ironton, Ohio Man A Victim Of Explosion


Submitted by Edith Fields

State Office Building Wracked By Explosion
“Russ” Neal killed at Columbus; Body to Be Returned Here.

 Ironton Tribune Friday, April 15, 1932

C. Russell Neal, age 37 years, son of Squire and Mrs. W. N. Neal, formerly of Ironton, was one of the victims in the state house explosion at Columbus Thursday afternoon and his body will be returned here for burial. It will arrive from Columbus early Saturday morning and will be taken to the Feuchter and Davidson funeral home. Funeral services will be conducted at St. Paul Lutheran church at 4:30 p.m. Saturday by Rev. Kahle, with burial in Woodland cemetery.

Complete arrangements for last rites have not been made as the family of the unfortunate man will not come in to Ironton until tonight, after the body has been placed on a train for Ironton.

Known as “RUSS” Russell Neal, known as “Russ” to his numerous Ironton friends, was reared in Ironton and for years the family resided at Seventh and Etna streets. He was an electrician by trade and a World War veteran.

Soon after his marriage to Miss Edith Fillgrove, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Fillgrove of Sixth and Lawrence street, the family moved from Ironton and during the last nine years he had resided in Columbus, where he was employed by the Giltmore Electric Company. While in Ironton he was an employee of the George Brothers and other electrical concerns.

Word of his death in the blast was received in Ironton late Thurs. afternoon and Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Fillgrove, accompanied by their grandsons, Lester and Chester Fillgrove, left immediately for Columbus. They will return with the widow tonight.

Very Popular

Mr. Neal was a highly popular young man during his residence here and was an active athlete. He was a member of the Ironton Masonic Lodge. Information from Columbus indicates he was struck by the full force of the blast as hurled against high-tension wires. It is improbable that his casket will be opened to friends.

Mr. Neal is survived by his widow, his parents Squire and Mrs. W. N. Neal of Huntington, three sisters and one brother. One child preceded him in death. He was the nephew of Squire W. H. Neal, south Fourth street.