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Michael Neal

Michael P. Neal

Tuesday, October 25th, 1960 - Thursday, February 27th, 2020
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Micheal P. Neal

Michael P. Neal, 59, of Sidney, passed away Thursday, February 27, 2020, at his home with family and friends by his side. The parish rosary will be said at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2020. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2020, both will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sidney with Father Mike McDermott officiating. Cremation has been held. Inurnment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. The family is requesting that everyone planning to attend the funeral service wear either green (for everything Irish) or dark blue (colon cancer). Memorials may be given to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church or the Sidney Night of Hope. You may view Mike’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at www.gehrigstittchapel.com. Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Mike’s care and funeral arrangements.
Dr. Mike Neal was born October 25, 1960, in York, NE, to Paul Neal and Barbara Rhodes. Mike was the oldest of three children. He graduated from Centennial High School in Utica, NE, in 1979. He attended UNL, where he met his future wife, and was accepted into dental school a year early by the UNMC College of Dentistry. He received his DDS degree in 1986. After a one-year associateship in Newman Grove, Spalding, and Loup City, Nebraska, Dr. Neal purchased his own practice in Sidney. He began practicing dentistry there in June of 1987 and continued up to the time of his passing. He was a Level IV graduate of Ortognathic Bioesthetic Institute (OBI). Mike enjoyed giving back to dentistry by working as an adjunct instructor for the UNMC College of Dentistry and had functioned as a host of UNMC’s Western Dental Days since 2005. He served as the West District President, Treasurer, Delegate and Trustee. He was serving as the Secretary of the Nebraska Dental Association at the time of his passing.
Mike believed strongly in volunteerism. He served as School Board President for St. Patrick’s Catholic High School and was actively involved in the church. He served many local and state offices of the Nebraska Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees), including State President in 2000, and was also appointed to a national office. He was a passionate supporter of the Nebraska Mission of Mercy.
Mike enjoyed his sports teams: the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Green Bay Packers, and the KC Royals. He loved to golf and bowl. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a life time Senator of the Jaycees International.
Mike married his wife, Christi Deaver in July of 1984 at St. Patrick’s Church in Sidney, NE. They have three children: Patrick, Sean, and Megan.
Mike is survived by his wife of 35 years, Christi, his mom and stepdad, Barb and John Rhodes of Utica, two sisters, Cathy (Bill) Munger and Susan (Brian) Tormey of the Phoenix area, and his 3 children: Patrick and Megan of Sidney and Sean (Hannah) of Wayne, NE. He was preceded in death by his father.
Mike’s message to us would be, “Get your colonoscopy!”
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, June 6th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, June 6th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    St. Patrick's Catholic Church
    Address
    1039 14th Avenue
    SIDNEY, NE 69162
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    Notes
    Rosary will be held on June 5th at 6:00 p.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sidney
    Officiant
    Father Mike McDermott
  • Interment

    Location
    Greenwood Cemetery
    Address
    530 Greenwood Rd.
    SIDNEY, NE 69162
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Karen Carlson

Posted at 08:52pm
My heartfelt condolences to Christi and family. My you find peace and comfort in knowing he isn’t suffering anymore. I’m thankful for the years I had working with him as one of his hygienists. He was always smiling and positive. He will be missed by many.
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Mary Beth Mau

Posted at 08:50pm
Several hundreds of thousands of miles Dr. Mike traveled around Nebraska (and across the US) sharing the Jaycee Spirit and Pride. I was honored to share in just a few of those trips. He led by example and expected the best from everyone because he gave his best to each and every endeavor he said "Yes I Can" to. When we would be out recruiting together he would often talk about being a dentist and people would be turned off by that...he would look at me and say, "but she's a funeral director!" End of discussion and most generally those people signed up to become Jaycees! He made me a better person because he challenged me to become the best leader I could. Rest in Peace Dr. Mike. Love and hugs to Christi and the kids!
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Posted at 09:47am
With heartfelt condolences on behalf of the Nebraska Dental Association
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Teresa Green

Posted at 06:47pm
I am so sorry for your loss! Dr. Neil was our dentist for awhile and also my kids. I was shocked and saddened to see that he has went home. God Bless DR. Neil's family, may you feel comfort in knowing he is not suffering any more and that you will see him again someday.
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Roberta & Roger Brauer

Posted at 03:29pm
Mike was a wonderfu, fun-loving person to be around. Loved his jokes and stories. Mike will truly be missed by many. May God Bless.
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