Dale E. Neel, 55, of Grand Island, passed into the arms of our heavenly Father, Tuesday, April 9, 2013, after a very long, courageous battle with cancer. AS HE SAW HIM GETTING TIRED, A CURE NOT MEANT TO BE, HE WRAPPED HIS ARMS AROUND HIM, AND WHISPERED, "COME WITH ME".
Celebration of life service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church Gollaher Chapel, with the Rev. Jay Vetter officiating. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
A visitation with a gathering of family and friends will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at All Faiths Funeral Home.
Mr. Neel was born Nov. 7, 1957, to Grace Sowers of St. Paul and Bill Neel of North Loup.
Survivors of the immediate family include his beloved wife of 38 years, Pamela; his son, Eric Neel; daughter, Heather Neel; and grandson, Preston Neel, all of Grand Island; brother, Randy Neel of Missouri and both parents.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Dale was talented in several trades from manufacturing to driving semi, from a skilled laborer to management. He also carried a state certification in Canadian welding. He found that his imagination to build items with his own hands was one of his greatest joys.
Dale's enjoyments included spending time with his family and friends and he especially enjoyed spending time with his only grandson, Preston. He loved hunting, fishing, camping, mudding, and watching Husker football with his son, grandson and brother-in-laws. His special quote was, "GO HUSKERS, GET'EM GET'EM, WHOOOO! One of Dale's most memorable moments was when he attended the 2012 50th year consecutive sellout Nebraska vs. Michigan game in Lincoln, with one of his favorite Doctors.
Dale was deeply grateful for the respectful care given by all of his medical staff who became like family after many years of excellent treatment. He always brought a smile to everyone's face.
Dale belonged to the National Rifle Association, and was a First Responder before his illness. He will be remembered by his family as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a very proud man, yet determined, and not even cancer could take away his fierce independence. Dale had a deep compassion for everyone who needed a helping hand. He will be greatly missed by many.
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Published by The Grand Island Independent on Apr. 11, 2013.