FELDER, Neil Allen 61, of Oldsmar, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Naples. Neil was born June 8, 1951, in Elkhart, IN, to Earnest Felder and Marion Schooley Felder. Neil enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 17. After training, he was stationed at Ft. Rucker, AL, until he was 18 years old and then was sent to Viet Nam where he served as a helicopter crewman before becoming an MP. When Neil returned stateside, he continued with the MP's, first at Ft. Snelling, MN, and Selfridge AFB, MI, before being sent to Sieglesbach, Germany. His military career continued with duty assignments at Ft. McClellan, AL; a return to Sieglesbach, Germany; Ft. Hood, TX; and his final assignment back at Ft. McClellan, AL. After his retirement from the U.S. Army, as a Sergeant 1st Class, he moved to Oldsmar and went to work for the U.S. Postal Service, where he worked until he retired in 2007. Neil spent his retirement years traveling, visiting family and spending time with his daughters, grandchildren, and great-granddaughters. Neil is preceded in death by his father, Earnest Felder; his mother, Marion Schooley Felder Spake; brothers, Michael Felder and Roger Felder. Neil is survived by daughters, Nicole Felder Jackmack (Jeff) of Naples, and Megan Felder Moses (Michael) of Ohatchee, AL; grandchildren, NaTasha Turley Lillebo (Jonathan), Nicholas Holifield, Alexander Holifield, Evan, Kaylee, and Eric Moses; great-granddaughters, Anna, Madison, & Emma Lillebo; brothers, Ernie Felder of Warner, OK, and Edward Felder of Au Gres, MI; aunts, Audrey Slater of Warner, OK, and Ruth Felder of Shipshewana, IN; several cousins, nieces, & nephews. A celebration of his life and internment with full military honors will be held in Michigan at a later date.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on June 18, 2013