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Melvin “Buddy” Neal

Born: 11/14/1922

Died: 5/14/2005

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Melvin “Buddy” Neal, 82, of Stigler, Oklahoma, passed away May 14, 2005. He was born November 14, 1922, in Brooken, Oklahoma, to Ira and Roxie Neal.

He entered the U.S. Army on January 26, 1943, in Tulsa and served during World War II. He received a Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Go 14 15th General Hospital 45 Eame Theater Ribbon, four Bronze Service Stars, and the WWII Victory Ribbon.

Mr. Neal married Margaret Jean Robertson on October 10, 1953. He will be remembered for his dedication to the VFW on Thursday nights to play Bingo. He loved to fish and loved when his great-grandchildren came running in the house saying, “Papaw, I want candy!”

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife; one brother, Raymond Neal; one nephew, Raymond Neal Jr.; one niece, Lorreta; and his second wife, Mary Simmons Neal.

Survivors include one son, Rick Neal and wife, Diana, of Stigler; two granddaughters, Krystal and husband, Jerry Bryant, of Mangum, Oklahoma, and Jodi and husband, Brandon Gulley, of McAlester, Oklahoma; five great-grandchildren, Dylan, Ryan, and Nate Bryant (he called them his little burr heads) and Keira and Kansas (Pris and Little Man); two sisters, Almus “Sug” and husband, J.C. McKinney, of Brooken and June and husband, Lewis Tinsley, of Oklahoma City; six nephews and three nieces; and a host of friends.