Fairbank: Dale George Neil age 77 passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017 while doing what he loved, working the land. He was born September 11, 1939 in Waterloo, Iowa the son of Gordon and Gladys (Michelson) Neil. Dale attended and graduated from Fairbank High School the Class of 1957. He married Diane Milius on February 13, 1966 in Denver, Iowa they made their home in rural Fairbank where they raised their two sons. Dale was a lifelong farmer, whether it was raising corn or beans or beef cattle he truly enjoyed life on the farm. He was a member of the Oran Fire Department for more than 20 years. Dale was also a longtime member of the board of directors for the Oran Mutual Telephone Company and was still serving up until the time of his death. Dale was an avid fan of UNI Men’s Basketball and attended almost every home game. He also enjoyed his daily card games with his friends at Jerry’s Autos in Fairbank.
Survived by: his wife; Diane, two sons; William (Becci) and Scott (Kris) both of Fairbank, eight grandchildren; Jeannie (Jesse) Hug, Christina Neil, Katie Neil, Kennadi Neil, Tessa Larson, Sammi Carpenter, Madison Freitag and Kassidy Freitag, three great-grandchildren; Calvin Wilson, Nevaeh Larson and Kinnick Larson. Dale is also survived by one brother; Mel (Judy) Neil of Fairbank and one sister; Doris Parizek of Dysart.
Preceded by: his parents, one sister; Marlys Neil, a brother; Dennis Neil, a sister-in-law; Brenda Neil and a brother-in-law; Larry Parizek.
Visitation: 3:00-7:00 pm Friday, May 12, 2017 at Woods Funeral Home, and for one hour before services at the church on Saturday.
Services: 10:30 am Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church, Oelwein.
Interment: Fairbank Cemetery
In lieu of Flowers: memorials to be directed to the Oran or Fairbank Fire Department.