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James "Jim-Fred" McNeal

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James "Jim-Fred" McNeal Obituary
McNeal, James (Jim-Fred)
of Scottsdale, AZ passed away with his furry friend Bandit and daughter by his side at Sherman Hospice Home on October 7, 2015. He was born in New Sharon, Iowa to Lee and Mamie McNeal August 22, 1922. Jim was a devoted husband to Betty his wife of 35 years. He was a wonderful father, grandfather and friend to all who knew him. Jim was a pilot in the Pacific during WW II. Jim earned his bachelor degree in 1949, after graduating he took a position with Catalina clothing where he worked until 1970. At which time he and Betty moved to HI where they enjoyed 27 beautiful years where he continued his career in the clothing industry. Jim was an active mason. He was past potentate for the Aloha Shrine Temple. Jim and Betty returned to the mainland to begin their RV travels. Betty's goal was to visit all the US national parks and Jim's goal was to fish all the lakes along the way. Jim enjoyed living in AZ until his passing. He is survived by his son James Brett McNeal, granddaughter Jamye Lynn McNeal, daughter Chris Hettlinger, granddaughter Nancy Ackel (Mark) great grandson Chase Ackel and great granddaughter Piper Ackel. Sister Colleen Ferguson of New Sharon, IA and brother Donavon McNeal of Santa Cruz, NM and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Laverna Rice, Alvetta Dodd, Nellie Stanford, and Esther Hildebrand and brothers Virgil and George McNeal. Jim will be missed but never forgotten. A Masonic Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 1:00pm at Pueblo Norte Senior Living, 7090 E. Mescal St. in Scottsdale. Contributions in Jim's honor can be made to Transportation Fund, 1611 Kewalo St., Honolulu, HI 96822 or , 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014. Arrangements entrusted to Messinger Indian School Mortuary.
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Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 18, 2015
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