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.
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.
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.
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.
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.