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Kenneth Leslie Neal

Kenneth Leslie Neal, 88, of Salt Lake City passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.  He was born in Perth, West Australia to Walter and Miriam Neal.

Kenneth had a tremendous love for our Savior and the Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-day Saints.  He served as a Sunday school teacher, bishop, stake president, mission president and as sealer in the Salt Lake Temple for many years.  He loved teaching and taught at West High School.  Kenneth also served as a public school administrator with the Salt Lake School District and the Utah State Office of Education.  He loved his country and served in the Army Reserve where he retired as a Colonel.  He was awarded the Legion of Merit, which is the highest award given in peace time and would tell anyone that he was an American and not an Australian!  Kenneth also served the community that he loved as the Rose Park Community Council Chairman and was on several mayoral committees.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Rosa.  He is survived by his devoted daughters Rosemary (Michael) Bennett, Karen (Floyd) Gowans, Betty Neal, Leslie (Kelly) Steward, Nancy (Spencer) Durrant, sisters Doreen Neal and Audrey Pinkham, many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the Rose Park North Stake Center, 1155 N 1200 W in Salt Lake City.  A Viewing will be held from 6-8 P.M. Monday, May 22, 2017 at Redwood Memorial Mortuary, 6500 S. Redwood Road and from 9:30-10:30 prior to services at the church. Interment will follow at Redwood Memorial Estates.

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Tribute Wall for Kenneth Leslie Neal

  1. Krista Watt West says:

    He was one of the kindest most loving people I knew. His love for our Savior was evident in the way he lived his life. He taught me a lot out in the mission field. I will treasure my memories of him forever and the little books he wrote are some of my best treasures. It was also a pleasure to have him seal my husband and I in the Salt Lake Temple. I will miss coming to visit him and taking him oatmeal raisin cookies. I will never drink a Diet Coke without thinking of him. I love you President Neal! I know that you are happy being reunited with your sweet wife.

  2. Derrik Tollefson says:

    President Neal will always hold a special place in my heart. His mentoring changed my life for the better. Thanks to the family for sharing him and Sister Neal with South Carolina for 3 years.

  3. Paul Hubenthal says:

    Few men have attained the level of regard and influence in my life as President Neal…i too have retain and treasured the booklets he published. To many of his missionaries, he shown with the countenance of a General Authority. He was truly a Lion of the Lord, bold in his testimony, quick to correct but kindly and endearing. No doubt he was faithful to the end. God be with you President Neal…alas you are home.

  4. Joel Dunn says:

    It was with sadness I read of the passing of Brother Kenneth Neal.
    I worked with him as a sealer for many years in the Salt Lake Temple,
    and I considered him one of the most humble people I have known.
    It’s very easy for sealers to work together and establish special friendships.
    Sometimes this carries over into sealing assignments at times, but not with
    brother Neal. He was a coordinator for many years on Saturday. He would
    call in many sealers to do the marriages.
    He was well prepared to be with the Savior.
    With love to the family.

  5. Dan Barnes says:

    President Kenneth L. Neal stands tall among the very finest of men that I have ever known. He was valiant in his Testimony of Jesus Christ and His Gospel and he lived with full conviction. His love for and devoted service to God coupled with his love for and devoted service for others brought life changing miracles and blessing in the lives of those he led and served. Looking back on the nearly 30 years that I have known him, I can easily see the finger-prints of his great influence through my life, marriage, family and career. I rejoice in the great goodness that has come to me and to so many others from the influence of this spiritual and character-based giant of a man. I know him best as a humble, devoted, consecrated, covenant abiding, faithful, constant, loving, bold, big-hearted, courageous and well-balanced man full of happiness and the Light of Christ shining through him. I love his righteous laughter and that sparkle in his eyes, and now he can be re-united with his dear eternal companion. Kenneth can never be remembered without Rosa, and Rosa cannot be remembered without Kenneth. My prayer is that their family will be blessed richly during this temporary absence.

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