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Ronald Neely Creston

Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 10:55 a.m. CDT

Ronald Neely, 83, of Creston died May 5, 2014, at his home in Creston.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 9, at Pearson Family Funeral Service, 809 W. Montgomery St. Mary O’Riley will officiate. Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery with military honors conducted by Theodore J. Martens VFW Post No. 1797. Open visitation will be 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday with family present 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Platte Center Presbyterian Church and/or C.A.R.E. (Creston Animal Rescue Effort). Online condolences may be left at

Ronald Gene Neely, son of Fern Marie (Shafer) and Elvis Verne Neely, was born March 2, 1931, in Mount Ayr.

Ronald lived most of his life in the Creston area.

Ronald graduated from Cromwell High School in 1949.

On Feb. 10, 1952, Ronald married Donna Jean McFee at Platte Center Presbyterian Church in Union County.

Ronald served in the United States Army from 1952 until 1954, during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed in Germany for 18 months.

After his discharge from the Army, Ronald began driving the delivery truck for Omar Bakery in Primghar. He and his family returned to Creston around 1955, and he worked for Iowa Southern Utilities, Purolator and was a mail carrier. Ronald then began farming in Union County and also worked for the Apco and Gulf gas stations.

In 1976, the family moved to Glendale, Ariz. They lived in Glendale, Ariz., for 13 years and Winston, Ore., for eight years, then returned to Creston in 2001.

Ronald belonged to the Lions Club, Army Reserves and Eagles Lodge. He was a life member of the Theodore J. Martens VFW Post No. 1797.

Ronald is survived by his wife Donna (McFee) Neely of Creston; daughter Rhonda (Gary) Gelhaye, Waconia, Minn.; grandchildren, Joshua Miller of San Francisco, Calif., Amanda Gelhaye Hill of Victoria, Minn., and Travis Gelhaye, Rogers, Minn.; great-grandsons, Gage and Cam Hill of Victoria, Minn.; brother Dale E. Neely, Santa Rosa, Calif.; sister Joyce (Bob) Homan, Henderson, Nev.; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Ronald was preceded in death by his father in 1973, mother in 2003, son Duane Neely in 2009, grandson Justin Neely Gelhaye in 1989, twin brother Donald Neely in 2004, sister Helen Evans in 2004; sisters-in-law, Norma Neely and Patricia Neely; and brother-in-law John Evans.

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