CAPE GIRARDEAU - Lawrence E. Neal, 79, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at Missouri Veteran's Home in Cape Girardeau.
He was born Sept. 17, 1932, in Sturgeon to Russell and Alice Ott Neal.
Lawrence first married Esther Ott on May 14, 1953, at Sturgeon. She preceded him in death Dec. 3, 1990.
He then married Claudia Vogt on June 29, 1991, at Ste. Genevieve.
He served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from Gilster Mary Lee in 1994 after 18 years. He also had been manager of the Bartle's Farm in St. Mary over seven years.
In 1975 his family was awarded as the Missouri State Farm Family of the year
at the Missouri State Fair. He was a member of Trinity Gospel Church in Sikeston.
Survivors include: his wife, Claudia Neal, Cape Girardeau; three sons and three daughters-in-law, Edward P. Neal (Gloria) of Lexington, S.C., Russell D. Neal (Peggy) of Cape Girardeau, and Shawn W. Vogt (Jennifer) of St. Mary; two daughters and sons-in-law, Alice Chandler (Daniel) of Jackson and Deborah Smith (Steve) of St. Mary; one brother, Richard Neal of Lubbock, Texas; four sisters, Laverne Jennings of Sturgeon, Myrtle Ritchie of Centralia, Carol Maxine Bowen of Sturgeon and Geraldine Tinker of Sturgeon; and 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, two brothers and one sister.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at the funeral home with the Rev. Larry Davis officiating.
Burial will follow at Bloomfield Veteran's Cemetery in Bloomfield with full military rites by Missouri Honor Guard.
Online condolences may be made at www.fordandsonsfuneralhome.com.
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may be given to
the Missouri Veteran's Home
2400 Veteran's Memorial Drive,
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.