Robert Neal, 84, of Watseka, passed away Tuesday (June 25, 2019).

He was born May 2, 1935, in Sunnybrook, Ky., the son of Osco Neal and Ruth (Albertson) Neal. Robert married Patricia Schmohe on Aug. 8, 1981, in Vanderbilt, Mich.

Bob was the owner and operator, as well as a mechanic of Neal Implement Repair.

He was a village board member for Crescent City and a member of the ICLEA.

Bob enjoyed fishing, gardening and spending time with his grandchildren.

He served in the U.S. Army. Robert was a part of the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles, as well as the Rifle Team in Germany. Robert guarded Rudolph Hess (deputy fuhrer) in the Spandau Prison.

Surviving are his wife, Patricia Neal, of Watseka; sons, Lance Cawthon, of Watseka, and David Jones; daughters, Kelly and Jeff Berry, of Watseka, and Lisa and Dick Schofield, of Louisville, Ky.; brothers, Dennis and Beverly Neal, of Rossville, and John Neal, of Portland, Ore.; five grandchildren, Trevor, Kassidy and Ty Berry, and Killian and Teagan Cawthon; along with many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers, Charles and Ralph; and sisters, Betty Drollinger and Dean Hartman.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. Monday, July 1, until the 7 p.m. memorial service at the Watseka American Legion Building, 968 S. 4th St., Watseka. The Rev. Roy Johnson will officiate.

Memorials may be made to IMH Hospice, IMH Resident Home, or the First Christian Church.

Please sign his online guestbook at


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