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Harry Neal U.S. Veteran

March 24, 1931 - May 17, 2012

Harry Kenneth Neal, 81, of Jefferson City, Mo., died Thursday, May 17, at his home surrounded by family. Mr. Neal was born March 24, 1931, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., the son of the late S.P. and Ora Neal. In 1986, Harry retired as a Colonel from the Missouri National Guard; among many of his achievements, he was most proud of his success with the Officer Candidate School which became ranked as a top school in the nation under his command. Outside of work, Harry was a dedicated Cardinal Fan, known for his outstanding BBQ, a relentless pinochle player, loved spending time with his family and planning trips to Florida for the grandchildren. He is survived by his sons, Greg (Paula), David, Derek (Dani); daughter, Amy (Thurman) and grandchildren, Jacob, Dylan, Kaitlyn, and Kayla. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, June 1, at 11 a.m., at Union Hill Baptist Church, 460 South Summit Drive, Holts Summit, Mo. A lunch will follow the service at Union Hill before proceeding to Hawthorn Memorial Gardens for graveside service with military honors at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to The Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund, www.FWSF.org.

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rcmcnabb 1 year, 6 months ago

I was searching for information on the net and found Col Harry Neal had died. I was an OCS candidate in Class 4 MoARNG(11965-1966) and later a Tactical Officer for Class 6. Back then, Col A.C. Banning was in charge and assisted by Maj. Neal. Maj. Neal was outstanding in every way. I got to know him better after I was commissioned returning to the OCS program to assist. He had all the pricinciples of leadership and was a great man. He was also very funny and always has a saying or witty slant of everything he did and trained the men for war as we were in Vietnam during that time. I was lucky to know Maj NEAL and have always from time to time remembered him. He was an living example of a soldier who kept his word, worked hard to give the candidates everything he could to prepare us for our duty. I want to thank his family for giving to us the best man for the job of training men to be soldiers & officers. Robert McNabb, Mesa, AZ.

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