Funeral services for Matt will begin at 11:30 a.m. Monday, October 24, 2022 at Hill and Son Funeral Home Appleton City, Missouri.
Visitation will precede the service from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
Interment at Gamble Cemetery near California, Missouri will follow the service in Appleton City at about 2:30 p.m.
Officiant at the service and committal will be Pastor David Hill.
Matthew David Neal, 59, departed this life Thursday, October 13, 2022 near Salida, Colorado. Matt was born June 30, 1963 in Jefferson City, Missouri the son of Harley and Dorothy May (Siebert) Neal, and grew up in the Blue Springs, Missouri area. He joined the U.S. Army at an early age and was stationed in Europe before being honorably discharged. Matt loved to travel and spent a few years with a family living on a homestead in Alaska. Matt later went to work back in Missouri, learning to be a tile setter for Kenny’s Tile & Floor in Grandview, Missouri.
As a youth, the family had spent many vacations in Colorado and he had visited an older brother who live near Salida many times. In 2004 Matt moved to an old, now off the grid, Colorado mining town named Turret and bought a cabin where he had lived since. He loved the serenity and beauty of the Rockies and enjoyed nature and the wildlife he saw every day. He also enjoyed hiking and rock hunting. Some years ago Matt and a friend spent a summer just walking around, camping and prospecting for gold. They were unsuccessful for the most part but really enjoyed their time in nature.
Matt had faced cancer and some poor health in the last few years, but had a few very supportive friends who helped him when he needed them. He also had family members who were supportive of him and enjoyed visiting.
Preceding Matt in death were his parents, Harley and Dorothy (Siebert) Neal, and two brothers, Mike and Mark Neal. He is survived by a brother, Mitch Neal; two nieces Tiffany Stevens and Maegan Luft; a nephew Sean Neal; and several cousins.