John A. McNeel, Jr. (Jack)
John A. McNeel, Jr. (Jack) died Sept. 30, 2013 surrounded by his Family. John was born on June 2, 1933 to John A. McNeel and Mary Lou Gilmore McNeel in New Castle, CO in the same house on North 1st Street that his mother was born in.
Jack was a lifetime resident of Garfield County, except for two years he served in the US Army. He started school at the Fairview School on Divide Creek, graduated from the eighth grade at the old Peach Valley School and graduated from New Castle High School in 1950.
Jack married Nina Marie Fiou on Oct. 13, 1956. They had three children; Debra Kay, Raymond (Buddy) E. and Jackie Lynn.
Jack had a full and varied life with memories of a lot of friends made. He always tried to be a good neighbor and enjoyed helping anyone who needed help and always hoped he had made a difference in other people’s lives. Jack was real proud of his service to the U.S. Army even though he returned from overseas with health issues that bothered him for the rest of his life.
He was proud of his ability with horses from riding to grade school on Divide Creek to being able to handle draft horses starting at an early age. The horses taught him as he was to young to teach them. He was especially proud of his team of black Percherons who would do anything he asked of them.
Jack enjoyed the outdoors including fishing, hunting, trapping, riding and observing wildlife. He taught his family at an early age to appreciate the outdoors by taking them on many mountain trips. He told his kids to keep their eyes and ears open and their mouth shut and they would learn something every day of their lives.
Jack was very proud and loved his family very much. He is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, Nina McNeel; his daughter, Debbie (Pat) O’Connor of Rhame, North Dakota; son “ Buddy” (Carol) Mc Neel of New Castle; and daughter Jackie (Alvie) Gray of New Castle; 9 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews ; sister Betty Lou Woolard, brother Hank (Rita) McNeel; and special in-laws Reva and Lloyd Woolard.
He was preceded in death by both his mother and father.
At Jack’s request there will be no funeral service, only for someone to stand at his gate and play Taps. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Harden Hospice at 1517 Blake St., 100 B, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.
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