Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Hiahwahnah Richard Neal

Born: 1/13/1946

Died: 1/20/2013

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Hiahwahnah Richard Neal, retired Marine Corps master sergeant, of Talihina, passed away on Jan. 20, 2013, at the VA center in Little Rock, Ark. Born on Jan. 13, 1946, in San Jose, Calif., to the late Dess and Samantha (Going) Neal, Richard enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps shortly after his 18th birthday. He served three tours in the Vietnam War, receiving the Purple Heart with clusters, the Bronze Star and the Silver Star. Upon completing 20 years of military service, Richard retired to the state of Oklahoma. He attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Richard enjoyed reading his Bible, being with family and friends, rescuing dogs and taking care of them until homes were found.

He is survived by his wife, Janie Neal of the home; sons, Hiahwahnah and Kathy Neal, and Michael Neal, all of Louisville, Ken., Rayson Neal of Lawton, and Shawn Moore of Waldron, Ark.; daughters, Kimma Neal of Cache, and Lillian Gonzales of Sprindale, Ark.; brothers, Dess and Newana Neal of Millington, Tenn., Roger Herrod and Betty of Las Vegas, Nev.; sisters, Wakita and Rick Lang of Coweta, Joy and David Seale of Trenton, Ga., Wanoka Wofford and Dean Comby, and Jo and Glen Billie of Choctaw, Miss.; as well as 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.