Dr. Philip Jackson Neal
On June 21st, 2023, Heaven gained the golden heart of Philip Jackson Neal.
Phil had a long life of love and servanthood through his faith and incredible work ethic. He was born Dec 26, 1948 in Overland Park to Phyllis and Jack Neal, who preceded him in death. He attended Kansas State where he completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. His love of country continued through his service in the Army where he attained the rank of Captain. Although humble about his service, he was ready to make the ultimate sacrifice for his country if needed.
Professionally, Phil had a Veterinarian practice in Lee’s Summit that included small animals. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts, served as an officer and member of Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, was active in faith through his church and “Character Counts”. He had a love of the outdoors, especially hiking and fly-fishing in the Big Horn Mountains. Hobbies included building model railroads, playing bluegrass music on the guitar, banjo, and dulcimer, gardening, camping and canoeing.
Philip is survived by wife Mary Alice Willhoit Neal, brother Fred (Jacque) Neal and daughters Christa (David) Rupp, Jessi Neal, Rich Armstrong (Helga), Maggie Minsk, Josh Armstrong, and grandchildren Jackson Rupp, Hudson Rupp, Gaines Grove, Murphy Grove, Ethan Armstrong, , Paige Armstrong, Sydney Armstrong, Seth Minsk, Emma Minsk, Kacy Minsk, Anna Armstrong, and Toni Armstrong. Phil was a dedicated and loving husband, father and grandfather. His family brought him the utmost in joy.
Donations may be made in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association as a tribute/donation.