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Ronald Leslie Neff ~ May 25, 1949 – Dec. 29, 2012

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 2nd, 2013

Ronald Leslie Neff ~ May 25, 1949 – Dec. 29, 2012

Ronald Leslie Neff, 63, of Evanston, died Dec. 29, 2012, at Evanston Regional Hospital.

Ronald was born to Earl Leslie and Bertha Elaine Neff, of Houston, Texas on May 25, 1949. He was raised alongside five siblings: Sheila, Cheryl, Madeline, Steve and Sue in Farmington, N.M., where he graduated high school and entered the United States Navy on Jan. 15, 1968.

He was married to the late Donna Lee Garrison of Syracuse, New York, on June 4, 1970, in Aztec, N.M. Ronald and Donna were Navy corpsmen stationed in Camp Pendleton, Calif., and married prior to Ronald’s deployment to Vietnam. Hospitalman Second Class Neff served with Hotel Company, Second Battalion, First Marine Regiment, First Marine Division, from 1969 to 1971.

He was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Action Ribbon for his selfless acts of heroism and extraordinary bravery while engaged in combat actions with enemies of the United States; he left the service honorably on April 20, 1971.

Ronald sought a career in the oil industry that brought him, Donna and their son, Ronald Earl, to Evanston, in 1977. In addition to the oil industry, he worked at the Wyoming State Hospital and as a truck driver.

Ronald was preceded in death by his father, mother and wife.

He is survived by his three children, 1st Sgt. Ronald Earl (USMC) and wife, Amy, of North Carolina, Robin Leah and husband Steve Schelling, of Colorado, and Rhonda Elaine Neff, Esq., of Arizona; and his three grandchildren, Christopher Neff, Shelbie Schelling and Ayden Neff.

Ronald was passionate about freedom, love of country, hunting, fishing, guns and the outdoors. He was a prideful man whose words inspired many, and whose deeds preserved many a life. Although complex in character, Ronald believed in living life as a “simple man.” He will be missed.

In honor of his wishes, there will be no funeral services. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Wounded Warrior Project or a Vietnam veterans’ charity in his name.

If anyone wishes to contact Ronald’s children, they may be reached at ronaldneffmemorial@gmail.com.

Online guestbook at crandallfhevanston.com.

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