Neal was born in Mendota, Illinois on May 5, 1924. He spent his childhood in Illinois. Neal married Dolores on September 29, 1943. They were married for 65 years. Their son, Steve, was born in 1950 and in 1951 they moved to Colorado.He enlisted in the Army-Air Force in July of 1941. He was a radio operator mechanic and went over seas in 1944. He spent time in North Africa, Iran and Iraq. He returned to the United States on Thanksgiving Day 1945.
Neal was an electrician and specialized in circuit boards and motor controls. He was a member of the IBEW Local 68 for 50 years. He taught motor control classes at the Opportunity School in Denver.
He was a ham radio operator for 50 years. He helped with communication rescues, MARS, and ran communications for the Colorado Pack Burro Races and the Leadville 100 for many years.
His hobbies included building a beautiful cabin from the ground up, flying and 4-wheel driving.
Neal was very outgoing, thoughtful, kindhearted and considerate. He was a devoted husband, a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be missed.