Archie E. Neal, 85, a longtime resident of Garfield, WA passed away on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 at Memory Villas in Bishop Place in Pullman, WA.
Archie was born on Sept. 14, 1934 at Potlatch, ID to David and Zada (Nunley) Neal. The family moved to Garfield, WA where Archie attended school and graduated from Garfield High School in 1952. Archie later attended Washington State College (now WSU) and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1957.
Archie married Lora Nowack on Sept. 1, 1961 at Potlatch, ID and the couple made their home in Garfield, WA. Archie worked at J.E. Love Company where he was a part owner and worked as a mechanical engineer and Operations Manager until he retired in 1995. After his initial retirement, Archie also served as Whitman County Building Inspector for several years and did engineering for Bell Design Company.
Mr. Neal served on the Washington State University Engineering Advisory Board and the Garfield School Board and was active in Boy Scouts, serving as Scoutmaster and as a Regional Advisor of the Boy Scouts of America.
Archie enjoyed golfing, fixing machinery, camping, and outdoor activities. He also loved to travel throughout his life and spent much time in his later years visiting children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Lora Neal of Pullman, WA; one son Larry Neal and his wife Wendy of Winlock, WA; two daughters, Deborah Bell and her husband Stoner of White Salmon, WA and Stacia Fisher and her husband Brendan of Portland, OR. Archie is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, 1:00 P.M. at the Garfield Christian Fellowship Church with Stoner Bell officiating. Burial will follow at the Garfield Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice.
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