The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 3, 2014

Hobert Lee Neal

QUAPAW, Okla. — Hobert Lee Neal, 77, of Quapaw, Okla., passed from this life on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at Integris Baptist Regional Care Center, Miami, Okla.

Hobert was born March 1, 1937, in Treece, Kan., to the union of William Ray and Marguarite (ODell) Neal.

He was united in marriage on May 29, 1955, in Hockerville, Okla., to Patricia Ann (Porter) Neal. Hobert worked at the former McCartney MFG, in Baxter Springs for 10 years, before starting work at Yellow Freight Systems. He was a farmer at heart, raising cattle and cutting hay and all the handy man trades it took to be a farmer. He enjoyed watching John Wayne movies, and could always get involved into any conversation. When he was younger he enjoyed hunting, especially pheasant. Hobert served in the United States Air Force.

Hobert is survived by his wife, Patricia Neal, of the home; three daughters, Brenda Hatfield, of Baxter Springs, Kan., Darla Brewer and husband, Charlie, of Baxter Springs, Kan. and Kimberly Butler, of Baxter Springs, Kan.; two sons, Gary Neal and wife, Susan, of Riverton, Kan. and Hobert Neal Jr., of Riverton; one brother, Darell Neal and wife, Jean, of Baxter Springs; one sister, Yveta Shira, of Baxter Springs; 12 grandchildren; 11 great- grandchildren; and one great-great grandchildren. Hobert is preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Larandel Neal and Wayne Neal.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb.  6, at Derfelts Baxter Chapel. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel.

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