January 25, 1954 – April 28, 2021
Born in Cooperstown, ND
Resided in Lincoln, NE

Neal T. Simley

Neal T. Simley, 67, of Lincoln passed away April 28, 2021. He was born on January 25, 1954, in Cooperstown, ND, to Truman and Alice (Erickson) Simley.

Neal was a “jack of all trades”. He was very talented in woodworking, carpentry, construction and many other areas. Neal knew how to fix almost anything and if he didn’t know he could teach himself how (although, sometimes, not in the traditional way). His passion for North Dakota was shown in his love of NDSU Bison Football and keeping up with his hometown news. He was proud of his Norwegian heritage and loved making lefse and krumkake with his children. He always had a story to tell, and most times, it was more than you needed or wanted to hear, but it didn’t matter. He would tell you the whole story from beginning to end even if it meant picking the story back up later with you. He was bright, witty, had a unique sense of humor and could laugh at himself when the joke was on him. He was also kind, had a big heart and would help others at a moment’s notice. Neal was proud of many things, but his greatest pride was his loving family and his new grandson.

Neal’s family includes his wife Kathleen; son Christopher (Jordyn) Simley, of Elkhorn (grandson Hudson); daughter Rebecca, of Lincoln; brothers Mike Simley of Fargo, ND, and Ron (Jeane) Simley of Finley, ND; father and mother-in-law, Leland and Erma Nelson of Genoa; brothers-in-law, Don (Rose) Nelson of Columbus, Roger (Kate) Nelson of Genoa, and Duane (Cindy) Nelson of Norfolk, sisters-in-law Debra (Tom) Loseke of Columbus, Linda (John) Wienck of Randolph, KS, and Janice Donoghue of Milford, nephews Preston Nelson of Genoa and Matthew Hellbusch of Gretna, and nieces Megan (Pete) Johnson of Sioux Falls, SD, Stephanie (Austyn) Svehla of Raymond, Karalynn Hellbusch of Greenbush, Maine and Carly Donoghue of Milford. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service for Neal will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 2021 at First Lutheran Church, 1551 S. 70th Street, Lincoln, NE.

A visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021, at Roper and Sons Midtown Chapel, 4300 ‘O’ Street, Lincoln, NE.

Memorials, in lieu of flowers, to the family for future designation.

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