SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Roger A. Neal, 89, passed away on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. He was born Jan. 1, 1928 in South Berwick, Maine the son of Arthur H. and Etta A. (Boston) Neal. He attended schools in Berwick, and graduated from Berwick Academy. He served in the United States Army during WWII.
Neal was married to Madeline Tucker; they divorced, and he later married Eileen (Morrison) Austin on Aug. 29, 1987 in Springfield, Vt. Eileen predeceased him on Feb. 15, 2006.
Neal worked as a farmer in Maine and Vermont, and as a welder in Vermont for many years with East Hill Equipment in Ludlow, and also at Okemo Mountain in Ludlow. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, and traveling with his wife Eileen. They traveled most of the United States and ventured to Alaska.
He is survived by one daughter Beth Ann Joseph of Ludlow, Vt.; grandson and caregiver Tanner Neal of Springfield, Vt.; three more grandchildren; one brother Charles L. Neal; one sister Jean Neal Moreno; two step-sons Robert Austin of Springfield, Vt. and Richard Austin of Lake Geneva, Wis.; two step-daughters Roberta Hause of Ypsilanti, Mich. and Rebecca Cozzens of Huntington, Vt. Also by many nieces, nephews, and cousins, and several great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his son Kenneth A. Neal on Oct. 22, 2015.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt. Reverend Malcolm Fowler, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Springfield, will officiate. Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery in Springfield, Vt.
Contributions may be made in his memory to the Eileen Austin Neal R.N. Nursing Scholarship c/o Springfield Hospital Foundation P.O. Box 2003 Springfield, Vermont 05156.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vermont.