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Neal D. Stewart
September 19, 1941 Ė May 19, 2019

Mill City - Passed in peace Sunday, May 19th at the age of 77. Nealís story starts on September 19th, 1941, the middle of seven children to William and Josephine Stewart. Neal was born in Bozeman, MT, where he would spend his childhood, grow up and make lifetime friends with Joe and wife Dianne Jewett. Neal later moved to Dubois, WY where he met his wife of 54 years, Corinne Colby. After ten years in Dubois, Neal and Corinne moved to Mill City, OR settling into their forever home with their five children.

Neal is survived by wife Corinne, sons Scott and wife Leslie, Travis, Cole and wife Barbi, daughter Tonja Siefarth and husband Mitch. Neal was a proud grandfather of five grandchildren, Kendra Childress and husband Josh, Kelsey Kenney and husband Eric, Ian Siefarth, Cassandra and Hannah Stewart, three great grandchildren, Quinn, Scarlett and Waverly Childress and a younger brother Leroy Stewart. Neal is preceded in death by two sons Neal (Shane) and Shawn, four brothers James, Ordley, Lary, Gary, and sister LoulaBelle.

Neal spent most of his career working in the lumber industry, retiring from Frank Lumber Co. in 2001 after 29 years, and where he affectionately acquired the nickname Cowboy. Shortly after moving to Mill City, Neal and Corinne purchased and operated The Dew Drop Inn Malt Shop. The Malt Shop was a family restaurant, favored by locals as a place to gather and enjoy friendships. Neal, known for his hardworking, non-stop nature, then expanded a part-time lawn service into a full-time landscaping company, where his talents abounded with beauty throughout the Santiam Canyon. Neal and Corinneís own yard became an oasis where people would stop and awe at the beauty of the flowers and fish pond.

Neal was a member of the Mill City Eagleís Lodge for 42 years where many long-time friendships were made. Neal was an avid hunter and especially enjoyed Archery hunting. His hobbies included tanning elk hides, finishing them with elaborate paintings by the talented Joyce Trout. But most of all, Nealís favorite hobby was wood crafting ships, wagons and cabins inside of bottles, which became treasured gifts to his closest friends. Over the past ten years, Nealís beloved companion, his dog Bosko, went everywhere with him. Bosko was loyal and always at Nealís side.

In Lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Salem Cancer Institute with Salem Hospital in honor of Nealís compassion for helping and giving to his community. The family would like extend special thanks to Dr. Renee Prins, Dr. Samuel Wang and the numerous staff at Serenity Hospice for their compassionate care. Services will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Gates on Saturday, June 1st at 11:30 a.m. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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