May 24, 1932 ~ April 16, 2010
James D. Neal
5/24/1932 - 04/16/2010
James Donald Neal, a 53 year resident of the South Bay, passed away peacefully at home on the afternoon of Friday, April 16, 2010 in Redondo Beach. He was 77 when he died.
Jim, or Jimmy, as he was known to family is survived by his wife, Carol (Hutchinson) Neal; daughter, Carol Lee Gasperik (Donald) of Murrieta, California; daughter, Dawn Morrison (Benjamin) of Murrieta, California; son, Jason Neal (Mary-Kathryn) of Redondo Beach, California, 12 Grandchildren, his sister, Jeanne West and family of Oregon and his dear nephews John Stockert (Lynn) of Palm Springs, California and Randy Guth (Tracy) of Victorville, California, and his loving sister-in-law Patricia Armbruster of Bodfish, California, in addition to many friends in the South Bay area and family in Grand Junction, Colorado.
He was born on May 24, 1932 in Coffeyville, Kansas to Frank & Myrtle (Pond) Neal. After the untimely passing of his father, he was raised in Grand Junction, Colorado by his beloved Aunt & Uncle, Alma & Alexis Merritt. No stranger to hard luck, he was a hard working man, who traveled about the country working various jobs before relocating to Southern California in 1955. On July 20, 1957, he married his beloved wife, Carol. Jim was a member of the Iron Workers Union, Local 433 for 25years and owned and operated his own business, Baker Neal Fence Co. from 1980, until his retirement in 1997.
Many family members and friends remember Jim for his bold character, boisterous voice, and infectious laugh, humorous story-telling and ornery sense of humor, which was sometimes accompanied by bourbon on the rocks and a slow drag from a cigarette. Jim lived life on his own terms. A true country boy, he was a loving and hard working husband and father. He loved God, country, his family, country music, fishing and hunting.
A Celebration of Life, officiated by Pastor Rob Lee from Gardena Valley Assembly Church, will be held at the White & Day Mortuary's Chapel - Manhattan Beach on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 2:00 PM. A reception will follow at Manhattan's Lighthouse Reception Room from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. In Lieu of flowers, donations in his honor can be made to the Redondo Beach Lions Club, PO Box 1044, Redondo Beach, CA 90278.
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