Alben Harry Neal, son of Herman Neal and Myrtle Merchant Neal, was born Nov. 7, 1948, at home in Upton, Mo. He passed away at his home in Upton at the age of 61 years on Oct. 4, 2010.
He was married from 1970 to 1988 to Marlene Stark Neal, and to this union four children were born.
Alben married Bonnie Cooper in 1991, and they resided in their home until his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Dale Neal.
He is survived by five sisters, Marie Franklin, Donna Campbell, Lavell Johnson, Dee Gronewaller and Kay Smith; three brothers, Darrell Neal, Wilbert Neal and Robert Neal, Bonnie Neal of the home; four children, Nidena Liesner, Darren Neal, Kitrena Sanders and Jarrell Neal; three stepchildren, Julie Hardwick, Clifford Norris and Amy Ivie; seven grandchildren, Cody Neal, Trenton and Laken Neal, James Burris, Emily, Jacob and Sarha Sanders; seven step-grandchildren, Joie, Winter and Summer Hardwick, Ethan and Nakkita Norris, Nealy Brawley and Ashlyn Michelson; and 13 step great-grandchildren.
Alben was raised in Upton Township and attended Pleasant Ridge and Houston Schools.
His best friend, Arden Stilley, was like a brother and Alben was godfather to Arden’s children, Alben and Tonya Stilley Leuty. Together in their teens they traveled to Nebraska.
Alben worked in construction, roofing, farming, milking and logging during his life. He loved to spend time with his family and his two dogs, Baby Girl and Katie. He made several friends while operating Ridge Road Hideaway. He liked to travel, especially to see Uncle Claude and Aunt Pat in Texas.
He loved horses, gardening, fishing, hunting, and searching for snakes.
Alben will be sadly missed by family and friends.
Services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, at Evans Funeral Home with Pastors Cordie Wimberley and Lynn Gayer officiating. Cremation followed services under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.
The family respectfully requests that donations be made to the Alben Neal Memorial Fund c/o Evans Funeral Home in lieu of floral arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.