Funeral Services for Holly, CO resident, J.W. Neal will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 9, 2021, at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colorado. Interment will follow at Fort Lyon National Cemetery in Las Animas, Colorado at 12:30 p.m. Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly.
James Walter Neal, known to most as J.W., was born on April 15, 1964, to Sharon K (Ray) and James Wesley Neal. He passed away on December 1, 2021, at Prowers Medical Center in Lamar, CO at the age of 57.
James was the second of three children. James grew up in a Navy family, so his childhood was full of moving from base to base. Throughout all their moving, any time they could, they went back “home” where Sharon’s family was in Compton. Eventually James stayed in Oroville, CA with his grandma and grandpa Ray, who were like second parents to him. Here James graduated from Oroville High School and decided to choose the Army as his military service branch.
James left for his service to the Army in October of 1982. He served 5 years and 5 months, 4 of those years were served in Fischbach, Germany as an MP. Upon his discharge in March of 1988, James went to southeast Colorado, where his father’s family and parents were. Here he met Audra Adair, his niece, Amanda’s, babysitter. In 1990 they started dating, and James found not only the love of his life, but also his first daughter, Amber, whom he would later adopt, making his role as her father official. They married on April 12, 1992, in Holly, CO.
James and Audra settled down in Holly where they raised their four children: Amber, born in 1989, Kasey born in 1991, Travis born in 1994, and Bo born in 2004. Raising his family allowed James to follow a passion he had found as a young man with his father, being a mechanic. This became a lifelong career.
In January of 2007 James entered the service again, this time with the Army National Guard reserves. In 2009 he would play a part in the war on terror and serve a year of active duty in Iraq. His service with the reserves ended upon his retirement in February of 2021.
James is survived by his wife, Audra Neal of the family home; daughters, Amber Hunt of Lamar, CO and Kasey Neal of Granada, CO; sons, Travis Neal (Amy) of Hartman, CO and Bo Neal of the family home; brother, Steve Neal (Sharon) of Holly, CO; uncle, Bub Ray (Betty) of Oroville, CA; mother-in-law, Sharon Adair of Lamar, CO; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
James is preceded in death by his parents; sister,Pamela; grandmother, Fay Ray; and father-in-law, Donald Adair.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.valleymemorialfc.com.
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Dale Lee Simmons passed away on July 30, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the age of 81. He was born on February 23, 1941, in Pratt, Kansas, to John and Theda (Carr) Simmons.
Dale grew up in Pratt, Kansas until he was seven years old. The family then moved to Hartman, Colorado,where he played basketball for the Hartman Bears. Dale graduated with the class of 1959, the last class to graduate from Hartman. He was united in marriage to Frances Leah Dennis on August 30, 1959. To this union, four children were born.
When Dale was only seven years old, he began driving a tractor. After his father’s death, Dale took over the family farm at the age of 15. He farmed until partially retiring in 2017. Dale continued to swath hay and operate a grain cart until his passing. Dale served on the Fire and Ambulance Board, Hartman Town Council, and as mayor for several years.
Dale is survived by his wife, Frances Simmons of the home; four children, Denise (Bob) Fazzino of Canon City, Colorado, Dennis (Jackie) Simmons of Hartman, Colorado, Dean (Jessie) Simmons of Hartman, Colorado, and Donna (David) Woodward of Port Orchard, Washington; eight grandchildren, Melissa Swope Woodward, Jeremy (Lindsey) Woodward, Dustin (Grace) Simmons, Kayla (Jason) Kirkpatrick, Dawn (Sean) Kelley, Sean (Krissy) Woodward, Gayle (Clay) Tatum, and Erin (Burley) Jerina; 18 great grandchildren; brother, Robert (Mary Rita) Simmons of Lamar, Colorado; sister, Ginger (Andy) Pittman of Arkansas; many other relatives and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Karen Cook; and stepfather, Herschel Melton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holly Fire and Ambulance or the Town of Hartman in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, Colorado 81052. To leave online condolences, please visit www.valleymemorialfc.com.
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