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December 3, 2013

Francis Gregg Ney, M.D.

Physician, radiologist was Cochranton Man of Year

- — Francis Gregg Ney, M.D., of Cochranton and formerly of Grove City, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in the home of his daughter in Cochranton. He was 91.

Dr. Ney was born Feb. 17, 1922 in Monesson, Pa., a son of Albert R. and Mabel I. Ney. The family moved to Ashtabula, Ohio, in 1932, and he graduated from Jefferson High School in 1940.

He began college at the Kent (Ohio) State University but left to join the U.S. Army in 1942. He served during World War II as a member of the 14th Armored Division. He also served with the 84th Medical Battalion until November 1945, when he began service with the 7th and 3rd Armies in the European Theater of Operations and where he was awarded the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service. Later, he was president of the Northeast Chapter of the 14th Armored Division.

Following his military career, he returned to Kent State and in 1948 he graduated with a bachelor of science degree. He continued his education at the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned a master of science degree in physiology in 1949, and a doctor of medicine degree in 1953. He also had a fellowship with the Industrial Hygiene Foundation at the Mellon Institute. He served his internship at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, completing his training in 1954.

Dr. Ney began his medical career in family practice in Cochranton. During his tenure, he was a valuable member of the community, serving on the borough council for 11 years and also as the director of the First National Bank.

He was a founding member, president and zone chairman of the Cochranton Lions Club, as well as a member of Cochranton Masonic Lodge 790 and Cochranton American Legion Post 836.

In 1967, the town honored him as its Man of the Year.

Cochranton Health Services, Inc., further honored him by establishing the F. Gregg Ney M.D. Scholarship Fund, which benefits qualifying Cochranton High School students who are entering related health fields. While in practice in Cochranton, he served several times as president of the medical staff at the former Meadville City Hospital and as both treasurer and president of the Crawford County Medical Society. Additionally, he served as chairman of the department of pediatrics for five years.

When he left medical practice, he donated his medical building to the community of Cochranton. This act of generosity allowed the town to attract quality medical care for its citizens. The love and respect he engendered while in Cochranton has survived many decades, as evidenced by the fact that he was invited to be the honored speaker at the 2006 Cochranton Memorial Day Service.

In 1967, he chose to further his education by doing a residency in diagnostic radiology at Allegheny General for four years. He was a board certified staff radiologist at Butler Community Hospital from 1971 until 1981, where he also served as the president of the Butler County Medical Society. He accepted the position of chief of radiology at the former United Community Hospital in Pine Township, where he was elected president of the medical staff. He retired from medical practice at the age of 82.

Dr. Ney believed that all practicing physicians should give dedicated service, not only to their patients but also their communities, medical societies and hospitals. Because of this commitment, he was an active member of many organizations, including the American Medical Association, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, the American College of Radiology, the Pennsylvania Radiological Association and the Pittsburgh Roentgen Society.

He was a member of Tower Presbyterian Church in Grove City, where he served as an elder and was active in the men’s Bible study. He was also a board member of the Jubilee Christian School.

He married the former Erma Louise Pete on June 22, 1969. She preceded him in death on Feb. 24, 2006.

Surviving are: three sons, Gregg Ney Jr. and his wife Margaret Renais, Theodore K. Ney and his wife Patricia and Richard E. Moore; four daughters, Rebecca N. Houck and her husband Stan, Kathleen R. Custead, Paula J. Duda and her husband Michael, and Rhonda Claypool; and grandchildren, Kristopher Simmons, Jaclyn Myers, Emily Houck, Leanne Houck, Tyler Simmons, Scott Custead, Bradley Custead, Johnathan Custead, Lauren Duda, Mary Duda, John Duda, Mark Duda, Patrick Duda, Christopher Moore, Benjamin Moore, Kristina Claypool, Melanie Benson, Alicia Bossard, Caitlyn Bossard and Alexis Bossard.

Also surviving are his great-grandchildren, Anthony, Nicole and Dustin Myers, Andrew and Addison Custead, Kealy Custead, Melina Houck, Maddox Leonard, Easton Culmer, Bennett Moore and Coen Moore.

In addition to his wife Erma, he was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Albert R. Ney Jr.; two sisters, Harriet Ney Acker and Edith Ney Petrie; a daughter-in-law, Shareen Moore; and his first wife, Marjorie Fankhauser.

The family ask that memorial donations be made to any veterans organization, the American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.



Francis Gregg, M.D., 91, Cochranton, formerly of Grove City.

Calling hours: Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday (12-5-13) in FICCA FUNERAL HOME, 203 E. Pine St., Grove City, and from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday (12-6-13) in DICKSON FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, Inc., 123 S. Franklin St. Cochranton.

Service: Funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday (12-7-13) in Cochranton Presbyterian Church, 109 Smith St., with the Rev. J. Harvey Boal of the church, officiating.

Interment: Cochranton Cemetery with military honors by the Cochranton American Legion.

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