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Ronald Leslie Neff
May 25, 1949-Dec. 29, 2012
Ronald Leslie Neff, 63, died on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Evanston Regional Hospital in Evanston, Wyo. He was born to Earl Leslie and Bertha Elaine Neff, of Houston, Texas on May 25, 1949.
He was raised alongside five siblings, Sheila, Cheryl, Madeline, Steve and Sue in Farmington where he graduated High School and entered the United States Navy on Jan. 15, 1968.
Ronald was married to the late Donna Lee Garrison of Syracuse, N.Y. on June 4, 1970. Ronald and Donna were Navy Corpsman stationed in Camp Pendleton, Calif. and married prior to his deployment to Vietnam. Hospitalman Second Class Neff served with Hotel Company, Second Battalion, First Marine Regiment, First Marine Division from 1969 to 1971.
Hospitalman Second Class Neff was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Action Ribbon for his selfless acts of heroism and extraordinary bravery while engaged in combat actions with enemies of the United States; he left the service honorably on April 20, 1971.
He sought a career in the oil industry that brought him, Donna and their son, Ronald Earl to Evanston, Wyo. in 1977. In addition to the oil industry, Ronald worked at the Wyoming State Hospital and as a truck driver.
Ronald was preceded in death by his father, mother and wife.
He is survived by his three children, 1st Sgt Ronald Earl (USMC) and wife, Amy Neff, of N. C.; Robin Leah and husband, Steve Schelling, of Colo. and Rhonda Elaine Neff, Esq., of Ariz. and by his three grandchildren, Christopher Neff, Shelbie Schelling and Ayden Neff.
Ronald was passionate about freedom, love of country, hunting, fishing, guns and outdoors.
He was a prideful man whose words inspired many and whose deeds preserved many a life. Although complex in character, Ronald L. Neff believed in living life as a ""Simple Man."" He will be missed.
In honor of his wishes, there will no funeral services.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org or a Vietnam Veterans charity in his name. If anyone wishes to contact Ronald's children, they may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Published in Farmington Daily Times from Jan. 1 to Jan. 16, 2013