Robert Wendell Neal
1961 - 2021
Simplicity Funeral & Cremation Care
125 West Sycamore St.
Zionsville, IN
Robert Wendell Neal, 60, of Zionsville, IN passed away on Sunday, November 21, 2021, after a battle with brain cancer. He was born on July 19, 1961 to Robert W. and Margaret Neal in Clay County, Indiana.

Robert grew up in Brazil, IN and was a 1979 graduate of Brazil High School. He earned a BA in English Literature from Indiana University and briefly taught middle and high school. He went on to earn his MFA in Theatre from Penn State and embarked on a professional acting career. Along the way, he taught theatre as an adjunct professor for DePauw University, University of Indianapolis, and other colleges. Robert acted professionally with the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) and the Indianapolis Shakespeare Company (Indy Shakes). He also directed for local Universities and with Indy Shakes. Robert was well known in the Indianapolis theatre community and was a recognized repeat actor in IRT productions including IRT's A Christmas Carol. He had the opportunity to perform at Lincoln Center in New York City, studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and taught for IRT's Summer Conservatory for Youth program. He was a versatile artist who enjoyed playing guitar, writing, and had a particular affinity for Shakespeare.

Robert is survived by his wife, Sally (Rosser) Neal; children, Kathleen and Robert; his sister, Ellen (Neal) Packard (Rick), his mother-in-law Margaret Rosser, sister-in-law Nancy (Rosser) Lawler (Mark) and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his sister Jennifer Neal and father-in-law Jim Rosser.

A remembrance service will be held in the new year, date to be determined.
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Rob and Jen Johansen
December 3, 2021
Bill and Nancy Hunt
December 3, 2021
Robert was a great friend who will be sorely missed. He always made me laugh.
Bryan Donath
December 2, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts.
Brad Matthies
November 24, 2021
Sending deepest condolences to the Neal family. Robert meant so much to so many.
Susan Angelo
November 24, 2021
What a Blessing he was to those lucky enough to know him.
Adam Crowe
November 24, 2021
I was saddened to hear of Robert's death. Robert's father, Judge Robert Neal, was a beloved mentor for my husband. We were able to see Robert perform at the IRT, and he was fabulous! May the memories you shared help to comfort all. Prayers and love.
Mary Yelton
November 26, 2021
Thanks for the memories, Robert. You were a truly nice man and I enjoyed your work always!
Suzanne Beinart
November 26, 2021
Brilliant, talented and always kind. Robert will be deeply, deeply missed.
Bonnie Mill
November 25, 2021
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