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Dr. John R. Nease
  • Passed away on March 09, 2022

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Dr. John Russell Nease, DVM

John was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 1, 1946, to Russell Nease, Jr. and Eulalia Ruth Schmidt Nease.  He died on March 9, 2022 due to complications of Parkinson’s Disease.  He graduated from Scecina Memorial High School in Indianapolis in 1964 and Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1970.  John married Janet Ellen Miller in 1968 and practiced veterinary medicine in Indianapolis and New Palestine, Indiana from 1970 to 1978.  The family moved to Ocala, Florida in 1978, and he owned and practiced at Ocala Veterinary Hospital Until 1990.  At that time, he began his second career of teaching.  He taught Science and Social Studies at Grace Episcopal School and started the Science Department at Trinity Catholic High School in 2000.  He taught anatomy and physiology at Trinity Catholic for many years.  He also coached basketball at Grace and Little League baseball.

John and Janet raised five children and many foster children.  He loved teaching and enjoyed golf and fishing.  He also played the guitar and loved John Denver.  He acted in several plays at the Ocala Civic Theatre.

John is survived by his wife of 53 years, Janet, and his children, Heather Smith (Clarence), Carey Nease (Pamela), Jeremy Nease (Erica), Anne Bromert (Mike) and Michael Nease.  He is survived also by his sister Theresa Pickhardt (David), and thirteen grandchildren, Lauren, Alyssa, Joseph, Walker, Justin, Matthew, Adison, Courtney, Alex, Chase, Logan, CJ, Carter, and one great grandchild, Bentley.

John is a long time member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Ocala and his memorial mass will be Saturday, March 19th, 2022, 10:00 am at the church.  In Lieu of flowers, please donate to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, an animal shelter, the Ocala Civic Theatre or Blessed Trinity Uganda.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Baldwin Brothers Heritage Place Chapel, 954 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Suite 200, Ocala, FL 34470. PH: 352-236-5884

Online Condolences as well as fond memories of Dr. John may be left for his family by visiting www.BaldwinCremation.com


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  1. Dan Waddick says:
    19 Jul 2022
    May the memories of John be a blessing. He had a good heart. Me deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

  2. Tom Hudgins says:
    16 Mar 2022
    John was a friend and classmate in high school. I enjoyed crossing paths at our 50th reunion. He will be missed but not forgotten. My condolences to his family.

  3. Peggy (Moseman) Roser says:
    16 Mar 2022
    I was a classmate of John’s at Scecina. I remember him as always having a smile on his face and his friendly kind manner. RIP John. Hope you get a hole in one in heaven and a big fish on your line now.

  4. Kevin Stoothoff says:
    13 Mar 2022
    The Marion Veterinary Medical Association expresses our heartfelt condolences to you Janet and your whole family. Dr. John was committed to our veterinary community for many years and will be missed by all who knew him. No doubt he touched the lives of many more during his tenure teaching. May Jesus grant you His comfort and peace.
    -The Veterinarians of Marion County

  5. Terry McCall says:
    11 Mar 2022
    Dr. Nease left a significant impact on all those who were fortunate enough to know him.

    Though, it has been many decades since I was a pupil of his, I managed to keep in touch over the years (as many of my peers did).

    I can close my eyes and picture him strumming along with some John Denver song in class, or in later years discussing our shared enjoyment of fishing.

    My deepest sympathy for his immediate family.

    I will “wet a line this spring and try to coax a trout to bite” in memory of him, and maybe break out my old guitar. Dr. Nease, I think would want me to think of and remember him that way.

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