Lee Ray Neal, age 67, of Roy, WA passed away unexpectedly on April 22, 2013 at his home in Roy, WA. He was the third oldest of eight children born in Juneau, AK to Donald R. and Blanche I. Neal. Lee is survived by two children, son Lee Michael of Nevada, and daughter Shannon. Lee will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Susan, of Roy, WA, his mother, Blanche Neal of Everett, WA, and seven siblings: Judy (Randy) Stewart of Puyallup, WA; Susan Holdeman of Everett; Carol (David) Bruce of Juneau; Doug of Everett; Larry (Jaime) of Washougal, WA; Tom of Everett; and Sara (Jim) Boyer of Kent, WA. He was preceded in death by his sister-in-law Eileen Neal and brother-in-law Dick Holdeman.
During his high school days, he worked for Alaska Coastal Airlines and then the State of Alaska, Department of Transportation (formerly Dept. of Highways) as a draftsman. After graduation from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1964, Lee enlisted in the Navy and served in Viet Nam with Attack Squadron 95, aboard the aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La. Subsequently, Lee worked for United Airlines and then Airborne Express, living in California and then moving to Roy, WA, where he thrived on his farm. Lee will be remembered as being a hard worker; for his sense of humor; his love of hunting and fishing; and for his patience in teaching his younger relatives new skills. Lee was proud of the raspberries, tomatoes and corn that he grew.
Military Honors at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.
Published in The Juneau Empire on May 19, 2013