April 23, 2014


Stanford E. Neary, 86, of Scranton, Iowa, passed away on Monday, April 21, 2014, surrounded by loved ones at his home.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 24, at Scranton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Lynn Gunderson officiating.

Organist for the service will be Cheryl Nailor. Casket bearers will be Stan's grandchildren. Burial will be at Scranton Township Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Iowa Army National Guard.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Scranton. The casket will be moved to the church at 8:30 a.m. Thursday when visitation will resume. Online condolences may be left for Stan's family at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com.

Born Aug. 13, 1927, in Morton Mills, Iowa, he was the son of Russell A. and Eva V. (Ashbaugh) Neary. Stan's family moved to Scranton when he was in the fifth grade. It was there he met his childhood sweetheart and soulmate Margaret Fey. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945, and following his service Stan and Margaret were married on April 12, 1947, by the Rev. E.L. Stone on the Fey family farm. They lived in Iowa Falls for a short time before making their home in Scranton. Stan was an insurance agent with his father at Neary Insurance Agency for many years. In later years he sold cars at Finch Chevrolet in Jefferson, worked at Scranton Manufacturing, and drove school bus for Scranton Consolidated Schools.

He was a member of the Scranton United Methodist Church, the Scranton VFW and the Lions Club. Stan was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed hunting, dancing and spending time with his family.

Stan is survived by two daughters: Stephanie Goughnour and her husband Brian of Pine River, Minn., and Melanie Hoyt and her husband Gary of Ogden, Iowa; three sons: David Neary and his wife Sheryl of Monticello, Ga., Brock Neary of Scranton and Jeffrey Neary and his wife Kathy of Merrill, Iowa; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Stan was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Betty Jean, and his wife Margaret in 2004.