The Air Force brought him to Colorado Springs in 1951 where he married Carol Cool on November 6, 1954. He joined the Colorado Springs police department in January 1956 as a Patrolman and retired as a Deputy Chief in 1986. He also served as acting chief for one year.
Neal is survived by his wife of 63 years, Carol, children, Brad, Donna and Dale, brother, Larry Stratton of Vancouver, Washington, sister, Uvon Shephard of Sandy, Oregon, son-in-law, Bill Holstein, daughters-in-law, Mary Stratton, Wendi Grba and Cindi Allmendinger, his grandchildren, Ryan Stratton, Melissa and Rob Ryerson, Erin and Johnny Cheng, Matt Stratton and Taylor Stratton and great grandchildren, Levi and Hadley Cheng and baby Ryerson, who is due in October.
November 21, 1930
July 25, 2018
Neal was born on November 21, 1930 in Cherokee, Iowa, to a family of itinerant farmers who also lived in Missouri and Oregon.
His family was always his number one priority and he also enjoyed fishing, golf, tennis and gardening. He was a member of the Colorado Springs and Colorado Police Protective Associations, the Rotary and the Colorado Springs Country Club.
Services for Neal will be on Friday, August 3, 2018 at the Swan Law Chapel, 501 N. Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs. Viewing will begin at 4 pm, and the funeral service will begin at 5 pm.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Neal may donate to the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association (website http://csppa.org
) or to the Rotary Club (website http://www.rotaryclubof-coloradosprings.org