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Dr. Samuel "Neal" Cissel

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December 24, 2014
We will always remember our last trip to Phoenix and eventually a visit with you.  We discovered the docent at the butterfly exhibit at the Botanical Garden(I think...if not, the zoo) was Neal!  We were startled to see him there and just now Deb remembered that he had tears running down his cheeks when he hugged her.  For me the memory is marked by his genuine energy and passion for his job.  He bantered with the visitors and with us and the passion was further exhibited as he accompanied us through the enclosure trying to ID the various butterflies.  To us the memory of that day defines pretty much how we always viewed Neal.  He had a zest, a passion, and excitement about all his endeavors.  I particularly enjoyed his wit and sense of humor.
Finally, after I opened your e-mail message yesterday, I found myself thinking about Neal most of the day.  He was a remarkable man.  I have always bought into what my father often taught: that a man's worth while on this planet is measured in great part by the degree to which he has positively influenced his fellow humans.  Through his medical practice over his years, his interest and participation in natural science study, his volunteer service, guiding others to our great national parks and likely more accomplishments than I know, Neal was an extraordinary man.  He was a man who lived a life that certainly meant much in a positive way to everyone who had the privilege of interacting with him.  While celebrating his life, I also feel the void manifested by his passing.
Bob & Debbie Hamilton
March 24, 2014
My brother,Neal was always there for me; he was my friend. One thing I admired about him was his perseverance. When he was 10 or 12 years old, he was offered a job as a paper boy which required him to have a bike. He had no bike or money to buy one. He didn't give up. Some days later, in great excitement he ran home. He had found parts of several bikes of varying sizes at the town dump. He sanded, scraped and painted and put it together so he could ride it to deliver papers. He had a fabulous sense of humor. (Ask Mary about the noise maker in the hospital).
When I would look up into his twinkling blue eyes.... the window of his soul, I saw love there. Love of life, of family and friends. Even when life was in a hard place he thought of others first, demonstrating it with generosity of time and substance.
March 21, 2014
I'd like to express my sympathy to the extended Cissel family. I've never met Dr. Cissel, my 2nd cousin 1x removed. I do know a great deal about his ancestors and Dr. Cissel came from strong solid stock. His ancestors served in the American Revolution. His grandfather was friends with the Corcorans (Art Fame) in D.C. Sam (I) owned property in Gaithersburg and Poolesville, Md. There are pictures of Sam (I) iron work in the Library of Congress in DC. I'm sure that Dr. Cissel followed suit in all his endeavors and will be missed. RIP. My great grandfather was Eugene Ernest Cissel (brother to Sam C Cissel I).
January 13, 2014
Neal, you accomplished so much in your life with gifts to others despite the profound tragedies that you endured with the loss of Beth Mae and her mother. As your “little brother”, I am so glad our lives finally enabled us to reconnect and share many special times together with our family in Arizona. You and Mary have certainly left a positive imprint on all of us. Newt (& Mary Lou) Durboraw
December 17, 2013
I was lucky to have the privilege of meeting Dr. Cissel last spring in Carefree, AZ while visiting family friends. When I think of Dr. Cissel, I think of lunch, laughter, and LOTS of gelato. He was one of the sweetest people I have ever met, and I truly admired his active lifestyle.
December 15, 2013
The Cissel family has been part of my family since I can remember. As a young child, I first addressed him respectfully as Dr Cissel, but that quickly gave way to "Baldy" and "Corny". He was the most outgoing, fun and joyful adult I've had the great good fortune to have in my life. After many years separated by the East Coast - Arizona distance, he and Mary welcomed my family into their home with great warmth. We shared three wonderful vacations with them, Linda & Joe, and Kenny & Penny in Phoenix, Yellowstone, and Alaska.

My heart goes out to Mary on the loss of the love of her life. I am consoled by the fact that he will be reunited with his daughter, stepson, and my sister.
December 09, 2013
Dad, I knew and loved him for over 40 years and was amazed at how many different people addressed him. Patients knew him as Doctor Cissel,others whether patients or not called him Doc Cissel or just Doc. Some folks knew him as Sam, and others by Neal. Family members knew him as Brother, Brother-in-Law, or Granddad, Grandpa or Great Granddad, or even Pop-Pop 2. His children called him Dad and Mary knew him as Husband. In his life roles he was known as a healer, scout leader, outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish, professional photographer,explorer and a world traverler and avid football fan. But no matter what your name for him, or in what capacity you knew him, we all knew and loved his terrific sense of humor-which touched us all. He was loved by all and will be deeply missed. God Bless....
December 07, 2013
It's always so hard when you lose someone. My Grandfather was an amazing man who led one heck of a life. He will leave behind a glorious legacy. There are not enough words for how astounding this man was. He was a Doctor, a Park Ranger at Yellowstone NP, a Scout Leader, a known Wild life Photographer, a carpenter, a great Husband to my GG, and a hilarious Jokester. When Tyler and I were young, he and Dad built us a play house in the backyard. It was so awesome, just like *that*, he would make the most interesting things. He always made sure to have Red Vines and Cashews in full stock before a trip to come see us. And he never hesitated to wake us up at 4 am every morning. He was so SMART. He would just read and read and read, like a sponge he'd soak in the information. He taught us to see beauty in nature, bird watching, and going into the Arizona Desert. He always found a way to be funny. Always sharing dirty jokes with us, making us laugh/uncomfortable (lol).
Grandpa (aka"Gramps") it pains me to know you're gone. But I am forever grateful you played a major part in my life. Because of you I will always love photography and I PROMISE I will always see the beauty in nature. RIP Neal Cissel
December 06, 2013
I miss you Grandpa! You taught me so much and I have so many great memories. Love you.
December 06, 2013
If it hadn't been for my late husband, Don, I would have missed the pleasure of knowing this wonderful man and his loving wife Mary. I have so many wonderful memories of stunts, laughs and trips that we four did together. You will be very much missed.
Judy Mori

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