April 3, 1933 – January 20, 2022 Age 88, died peacefully at his home in Hemet, CA surrounded by his family. Neil was born in Volga, Iowa. He graduated from Cresco High School in 1951. Neil joined the Navy in 1952 and took his basic training in San Diego becoming a Corpsman. On October 20, 1956, he married Margaret Jean Reith in Banning, CA. In 1963, they moved to Hemet, CA where Neil worked for Hemet Wholesale Nursery as a salesman, Spartan Oil as a gas truck driver and the Lypps Ranch as the best orange salesman in Valle Vista, CA. Always enjoying the outdoors, he was happiest with a rake, shovel or fishing pole in his hands. He will be remembered fondly by all who knew him for his gentleness, humor, and love of watching it rain. Neil will also be remembered for making homemade ice cream with the help of his grandchildren. During his many miles of traveling in the RV with Jean as his co-pilot, he was always on the hunt for a vanilla ice cream cone. Neil is survived by his wife of 65 years Jean; his children Linda, Dan (Debra) , Katie (Jerry), Michael (Dee), and Jack (Laura). He is also survived by his 13 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, his brother Bob, sister-in-law Betty Shea and many nieces and nephews.