A father of six, grandfather of 10 and great-grandfather of four, Mr. McNett was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Alice (nee Pittman) in March 2014.
Mr. McNett graduated from Mansfield University (formerly Mansfield State Teacher’s College) in 1952 and joined the Navy immediately after graduation. During his 26 years of active duty, he served as a navigator on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Yorktown and operations officer in Danang, Vietnam, during the height of the Vietnam War. As a pilot, Mr. McNett flew seaplanes and multi-turbo prop planes.
In the mid-1970s, when Mr. McNett was stationed at the Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily, as the Executive Officer, his wife and three youngest children joined him, and the family traveled throughout Europe. Through his naval career, he held duty stations in Texas, Virginia, California, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Viet Nam, Hawaii, New Jersey, and Italy
After retiring from the Navy, Mr. McNett returned to Pennsylvania and made a home in Canton, Pa., where he kept busy with a multitude of part-time jobs, hobbies, church and volunteer work. He was a substitute teacher at Troy High School and Canton High School. When his wife opened a fabric store, Mr. McNett repaired sewing machines for her customers.