Neal Travis McAbee |

Neal Travis McAbee

Neal Travis McAbee, 65, passed away Oct. 22, 2008, in a traffic accident on his return from an elk hunting trip in Colorado.

He was born April 15, 1943, in Denver, to Haskell E. and Margie Lee McAbee. Neal spent his childhood in north Denver and graduated from North High School in 1961.

Upon graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served from 1962 to 1966 in Korea.

Neal met his soul mate and the love of his life, Ellen Kaye (Benson) McAbee, in 1972.

They were married April 25, 1977, in Las Vegas and made homes in Glenwood Springs, Sacramento, Calif., and Reno, and have lived in Las Vegas since 1999.

Neal joined Norman Wright in 1997 as a sales engineer while living in Sacramento, and had been with the company in Las Vegas since 1999. Neal was loved by his customers and co-workers alike, and was experiencing his best year ever in the business. Neal could walk into a room full of strangers and leave as a friend to all.

He enjoyed telling stories, playing pranks and jokes, yet would laugh with the rest when he was the subject of the humor.

Neal’s other love in life, besides his wife, was the outdoors, particularly the sports of hunting and fishing. Neal rarely refused an invitation to leave the comforts of home or office to head out to his favorite stream, lake, field or mountain. It did not matter if a fish was caught, a bird was missed or an elk was not found because he gained so much joy from being with his friends.

Neal will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Neal is survived by his wife; sister Janice (Greg) Assmus; nieces Kendra (Jason) Hibbard, and Stephanie (Eric) Ellis.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Kelly McAbee; sister Karen Koepke; and his nephew, Phillip Assmus.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Las Vegas Woods and Waters, P.O. Box 29081, Las Vegas, NV 89126-3081, c/o Steven Reiter.

A celebration of Neal’s life was held Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Palm Mortuary in Las Vegas.

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