SFC (ret) Dennis Neal passed away peacefully at his residence in Navarre, Florida on Monday, April 9, 2018 at the age of 67, after battling pancreatic cancer.
Dennis is survived by his three beloved children: Son, Dayrel Neal and fiancé, Lorrie Neal, of Tatum, Texas; Son, James Neal and wife, Korrin Neal, of Munster, Indiana; Daughter, Dawn Gratton and husband, Dr. Christopher Gratton of Kilgore, Texas; Grandchildren Dayne Neal, Amanda Lee, Hailey Goza, Logan Neal, Madison Neal, Jeran Griffin, and Jameson Gratton; Great-Granddaughter, Allison Goza; Sisters, Janice Rosenberg of Sacramento, California, and Jayelle Martin of Norman, Oklahoma, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and loved ones. He is preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Doris (Booth) Neal of Long Beach, California, Great-Granddaughter, Emma Goza, and sister, Judy Haworth of Woodstock, Georgia.
Dennis was born on July, 21 1950 in Long Beach, California to Gerald and Doris Neal. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson HS in 1968. Dennis was blessed with three wonderful children that he adored, and 7 grandchildren who were the apples of his eyes. He was an extremely proud father and grandfather.
In 1969, Dennis began his career in the United States Army. He was a Vietnam Veteran and served a total of 23.5 years in the armed forces before retiring in 1992. Dennis was a patriot who held an immense love for his country. He was honored to be an active member of the American Legion. Dennis' one great love in his life was riding. He owned a Harley Davidson Heritage motorcycle, and spent every moment he was able to on his bike with his face in the wind. He was loved by many fellow veteran brothers and riders.
A memorial service is scheduled for 6pm, Friday, April 13, 2018 at Navarre United Methodist Church, with a reception to follow. Rev. Dr. Alan McBride will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Dennis' life. Donations may be made in honor of Dennis to Wounded Warrior Family Support (http://www.wwfs.org or 920 S 10TH AVE SUITE 250
OMAHA, NE. 68114) or to the American Legion. Condolences can be sent to http://www.trahanfamilyfuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/3482722/Neal-Dennis/view-condolences.php