James Edward Neil Sr., 80, of Glidden, passed away surrounded by his family on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at his home.
Funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Glidden with Father Tim Friedrichsen officiating. Music for the service will be by Mary Ross as pianist and Mike Bolton as soloist. Burial will be at Merle Hay Memorial Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Glidden American Legion.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Glidden and resume at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Elizabeth Seton Church.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Glidden, and online condolences may be left for the family at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com.
Born on October 27, 1939, in Garner, Iowa, he was a son of George Gabler and Agnes Elizabeth (Busche) Neil. He grew up in Carroll and graduated from Kuemper Catholic High School in 1957. Following high school, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served four years on the USS Boston, the majority of the time as the ship’s photographer. Upon his honorable discharge, Jim returned to Carroll and worked for Electrolux in Jefferson as an inspector for 40 years.
He married Judith Gray on May 25, 1963, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll. In 1969, the couple moved to Glidden where they raised their four children. Jim was an avid bowler and bowled on many leagues over the years in Carroll. He also enjoyed traveling to Crane Lake in Minnesota to fish, but he especially enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s events and giving them rides to wherever they needed. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.
Jim is survived by his children and their spouses: Annette Storesund (Scott) of Des Moines, Janet Steigerwalt (George) of Raleigh, North Carolinia, Karen Standley (Shane) of Glidden and James Neil Jr. (Amanda) of Carroll; 10 grandchildren: Steven Storesund, Jacob Steigerwalt, Amy Steigerwalt, Nile Dockter, Amara Moore, Madison Standley, Zachary Neil, Aidan Neil, Autumn Schwery and Tegan Schwery; three great-grandchildren: Wesley, Novalynn and Ellie, and one on the way; a sister: Peggy Schulte (Gerald) of Manning; three brothers: John Neil (Betty) of Omaha, Joe Neil of Manning and George Neil (Joni) of Fort Collins, Colorado; two sisters-in-law: Rosie Jensen of Carroll and Marlene Gray of Pomeroy; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Judith Neil, in 2016; his parents, George and Agnes Neil; and his father- and mother-in-law, Floyd and Elizabeth Gray.