George Neal(1932 - 2012)

George L. Neal

May 28, 1932 - December 1, 2012

LYONS- George L. Neal was born in Scio, Oregon on May 28, 1932. The son of Henry and Gertrude Neal. George passed away on Saturday Dec. 1st in Sublimity. He was 80. George's father, Henry passed away when George was a child. He was raised by his mother, Gertrude and step father, Otto Weidman. George grew up in Lyons. He graduated from Mill City (Santiam) High School. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was married to Joyce A. Kale on Oct. 6, 1956 in Stayton and they made their home in the Lyons/Scio area. He had worked as a Millwright for Simpson Lumber, then a Fabricator for Salem Equipment, then building maintenance for the State of Oregon before retiring in 1995. Joyce preceded him in death on Dec. 10, 2003. He was also preceded in death by his mother, Gertrude, and step father, Otto; brother, David Neal; sister, Doris Bash and grandson, Parker Woelfle.

George had served as Secretary for the Lyons Volunteer Fire Department and on the Board of Directors for Peoples Telephone Company. He was a Charter Member of the Canyon Baptist Church in Lyons. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, photography, raising registered Angus cattle and electronics.

The family wishes to thank Marian Estates for all the tender care over the last 10 yrs, and have asked that memorial contributions be made to Marian Estates or Serenity Hospice.

George is survived by his daughters, Susan (Lyle) Basey of Dallas, OR, Julie (Gary) Woelfle of Lyons, OR; sons, Jeffrey (Peggy) Neal of John Day, OR, Gary Neal of Lyons; sisters, Hazel James of Medford, OR and Katherine McCullem of Hubbard; 7 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be today Dec. 6th at 11:00 am at Canyon Baptist Church in Lyons. Military honors at Bilyeu Den Cemetery, Scio, Oregon. Online condolences to

Published in StatesmanJournal on Dec. 6, 2012