Former Dispatch photographer Neal Lauron known for faith and skills

An award-winning photographer for The Dispatch, Neal Lauron spent a week in Manhattan just after Sept. 11, 2001, visually sharing the horrors he saw with readers back home. He photographed floods and fires and shootings with the same commitment and passion as he did shooting football games and parades.

The four-time Ohio News Photographer Association Clip Photographer of the Year (2011, 2008, 2005, 2001) who also won numerous Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists awards, died Thursday night at his Grove City home surrounded by family.

He photographed U.S. presidents, local families, daredevils, celebrities, celebrations, food and fashion and funerals.

Lauron’s devotion to his craft was eclipsed only by his devotion to family and faith, those who knew and worked with him said.

“He was like a marine,” said Doral Chenoweth III, a long-time Dispatch photographer. “He would take on any assignment and do what was asked of him without questioning it. He did that for years.”

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