Harry Curtis "Tim" Neal

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Harry Curtis "Tim" Neal died Nov. 20, 2006.

Mr. Neal, 86, was born in Payson in 1920. He was raised on the Lion Springs Ranch and worked as a cowboy for his first years out of high school. He always thought of himself as a cowboy even though he worked as a lumberjack, surveyor, forester, and after moving to Alaska, an ironworker.

He served in the Army and upon being discharged moved to Arkansas to help his parents run a dairy farm. After the death of his father, the family returned to Arizona and remained in the Southwest until they moved to Alaska.

In 1957, Mr. Neal began the process of homesteading in Alaska.

He enjoyed his garden, especially growing his own potatoes, even into his 80s.

He and his wife, Goldene, were active in the American Legion and took pride in being in charge of the "Turkey Shoot" for many years.

Mr. Neal is survived by his wife of 66 years, Goldene; daughters, Florene and husband, Doug Carney; Shirley and husband, Fred Nunley; Nancy and husband, Wayne Cherry; grandchildren Michelle, Lisa and Chris Carney, Joy Lynn, Tim, Rob, and Dave Nunley; Karissa Zimin, Ryan and Daisy Cherry, as well as 14 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Wasilla American Legion Post 35, Mile 46, Parks Highway in Alaska.

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