BENKELMAN -- Francis Edward Neville, 87, died Thursday (June 13, 2002) at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman.
He was born Dec. 14, 1914, to William and Jane (Wallace) Neville in Eddyville. He completed school through the eighth grade in Eddyville before the family moved to Haigler.
On June 26, 1940, he married Velma Isabelle Myer in Benkelman.
From Sept. 1, 1944, to Jan. 19, 1946, he served in the U. S. Navy. He achieved Seaman First Class and served on the SS Flagstaff Victory. He was awarded the American Area Ribbon, the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal. When he returned to Haigler, he worked as a mechanic for the Vic Strasser Garage and Dealership for many years. In 1963, he went to work for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission where he served until his retirement in 1980. Through his work with the Nebraska Game and Parks, he served in state recreation areas in Haigler, Loup City and Minatare. In 1994, he moved to the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mary; and three brothers, Donald, James and Wallace.
Survivors include his wife, Velma of Haigler; one daughter, Barbara of Denver, Colo.; one son, Edward and wife, Dawn of Fleming, Colo.; one brother, Martin and wife, Frances of Chehalis, Wash.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were today, 10 a.m., at the Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Bernard Lorenz officiating. Interment, with military honors, was at the Haigler Cemetery.
Memorials may be given in his name to the Haigler EMT group or to the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman.
Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of arrangements.