MOTLEY -- Patrick James Neelan, 71, Motley, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002, at Lexington Health Care Center in St. Paul.
He was born Sept. 15, 1931, in Minneapolis to James P. and Frances M. (Young) Neelan. He attended school in Minneapolis. He worked construction in the Minneapolis area. He served in the Army during the Korean War, earning two Bronze Stars. He married Eunice "Babe" C. Slaughter on July 26, 1952, in Minneapolis. He worked on the Alaskan pipeline for many years as a heavy equipment mechanic and truck driver. They moved to a hobby farm south of Motley in 1968 where they raised livestock. They also maintained a home in Alaska for many years. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Motley.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda Gendron, Forest Lake; a son, James Neelan, Motley; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Marvin Neelan, Sugarland, Texas, and Jerome Neelan, Fridley.
His wife and his parents died earlier.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Staples with the Rev. Edward Koehler officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Staples. Military honors will be provided by the Tri-County American Legion Post No. 291.
Friends may call an hour before services Saturday at the funeral home.
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