Tim Neel 54, of Loveland died May 2, 2018 at his home.
Tim Neel was born in Sterling, Colorado in 1963. A Boy Scout in his childhood, his love for the outdoors started early. He hunted pheasant and geese throughout his life and began collecting guns – amassing dozens along the way. He drove truck all over the country, running loads on his own at just 16 years old. He could recount with remarkable accuracy the web of highways from coast to coast. After his trucking days were over, he traded a trailer for a fifth wheel, driving to places like Glacier National Park with his wife, Susan.
Though Tim had a rough grit on the outside, with a big beard and trucker’s hat, he had a big heart inside. His rough exterior gave way to a warmth that none knew better than his cats. A prankster, he proposed to Susan by asking her to grab him a beer, a ring awaiting her in the fridge. He inherited the gift of gab, and no story was too tall to tell.
He loved to share his many passions with family. A huge fan of hockey, he and Susan held season tickets to the Colorado Eagles and loved to invite family along to the games. A lifelong fan of camping, boating, and fishing, he would invite anyone who would join out to Boyd Lake for drinks and a viewing of the colorful “fire gods” in the campfire.
He was a man who played by his own rules – especially when it came to golf. He loved to play nine holes with friends and family, though he didn’t love to keep score. He was especially proud of his caddies (grandkids).
Tim would share his knowledge of gardening and home renovation with others, subtly recruiting helping hands for his many projects. He adopted his mother’s love of roses, and his house tours for visitors would begin on the sides of the house and in the yard. He enjoyed canning vegetables and sending them home with guests and in the mail for those further away.
He enjoyed tradition. He frequented the same restaurants over and over, as much for the people as the food. At places like The Ranch and “Gilcrest”, he didn’t even have to order. Each Halloween, he’d dress up and host a haunted house for the neighborhood children. Each Christmas, he’d proudly serve his mother’s meatballs and stuffing, as well as display the Christmas village.
Tim loved to tell stories, and he left many behind worth telling.
A celebration of life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Carroll-Lewellen Funeral & Cremation Services. A reception will follow.
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