He married his high school girlfriend, Clarice Cole of Fairview Idaho, on February 16, 1949 in the Logan LDS Temple. They started a family together as they roamed the western United States with his career at the Bureau of Reclamation.
Earl was a natural leader and worked hard. He was everyone’s friend. He could strike up a conversation with anyone. He was charming and full of good humor. He had great love and understanding of young people and their abilities. He found joy in participating in youth activities that built confidence, leadership, and nurtured their relationship with Jesus Christ. He has been involved in service and leadership his entire life. He actively participated in building the kingdom of God. He served with all his heart, no matter where he lived or to what managerial position he was called. He served in Utah, California, Nevada, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, Arizona, and Idaho. When he retired, he served as a full-time missionary with his wife in the Spokane Washington Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Together, they served as ordinance workers in the LDS Temple in Logan Utah for almost 20 years. When he was unable to physically render the service he desired, he worked diligently to index names for family history. He indexed and reviewed over 190,000 records. He ministered and cared for a lot throughout his life. He really did his best to love God and his fellow men.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Clarice Cole and his two siblings, Donna Nickerson, Boise Idaho; Phillip Neeley, Tucson, Arizona; her sisters-in-law, Sharon Johnson, St. George, Ut; Louise Hodges, Grapevine, Texas; Portia Williams, St. George Ut; her children, Mark C Neeley (Susan) of Pleasant Grove, Ut; Gregory S Neeley (Cathy) of North Logan, Utah; Rebecca Jo Knuth (Cary) of Livermore, California; Carolyn Thompson Neeley (daughter-in-law) of Idaho Falls, Id. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren +3 en route and 1 great-great-grandchild.
He was predeceased by his oldest son, Michael E Neeley, his mother and father, Mary Chloe McCombs and Lowell Miller Neeley, his older brother, Kent, his younger sister, Bonnie Lue Hansen, a grandson and the parents of his wife, Vernon P Cole and Vera L Knudsen.
The funeral will be on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Webb Funeral Home in Preston Idaho. A visitation will be held Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Webb funeral home and Friday from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. also at the funeral home before services. The services will be available for live streaming at 11:00 a.m. MDT at the link provided in his obituary on webbmortuary.com Internment will take place at Hillcrest Cemetery, Riverdale, Idaho. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at webbmortuary.com
Social distancing and masks would be appreciated.
Published by Logan Herald Journal on September 9, 2021.