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Fred Neal II

Fred "Roy" Neal II

Fred "Roy" Neal II, 94, of Grand Rapids, Minn. died Monday, July 13, 2009 at Evergreen Terrace, Grand Rapids, Minn.

Roy was born and raised on a homestead ranch in northern Idaho in 1914. He graduated from Arco High School in Arco, Idaho and then worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps prior to attending college. He attended the School of Mining at the University of Idaho. Roy was united in marriage to Fay Stacy on Oct. 22, 1939 in Hagerman, Idaho. He was employed as a mining engineer for several mines in the United States until he became an installation superintendent for hydroelectric plants with Allis Chalmers, of Milwaukee, Wis. Roy retired from Pacific Power and Light in Portland, Ore. He was married to Maxine Grossman on April 18, 1999 in Grand Rapids, Minn. and they lived in Oregon for a time before returning to Grand Rapids in 2002. Following retirement, he was a volunteer for the Red Cross, working with the Bloodmobile in Portland, Oregon for 10 years.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his first wife, Fay, in 1991; a sister, Eva Pence; and a brother, Lon Neal. He is survived by his wife, Maxine (Grossman) Neal; daughter, Linda (Peter) Kreisman, of Ashland, Ore.; sons, Larry (Margaret) Neal, of Champaign, Ill. and Fred Roy (Mark Haack) Neal, III, of Portland, Ore.; two stepdaughters, Wendy (Dallas) Slater, of Ham Lake, Minn. and Stephanie (George) Childers, of Central City, Penn.; five stepsons, Fred (Mary) Grossman, of Cohasset, Minn., Andy (Julie) Grossman, of Weed, Calif., Sam (Janet) Grossman, of Cohasset, Minn., Mark (Jeannine) Grossman, of Marble, Minn., William Grossman, of Grand Rapids, Minn.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous step-grandchildren

A Gathering of Family and Friends was held Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. A memorial service was held at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Nazarene in Grand Rapids, Minn. Rev. Paul Haddix will officiate. Inurnment will be in Finley-Sunset Hills Cemetery in Beaverton, Ore., at a later date.

Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home and Crematory of Grand Rapids, Minn.