Bobby G. Neale


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Bobby G. Neale

After a 5 year battle with colon cancer Bobby G. Neale, of Bellevue, WA, passed peacefully into the arms of his savior Jesus Christ on October 8, 2018.

Bobby was born June 25, 1960 in Huntsville, Arkansas, the last of four children born to Louie and Anna Belle Neale. The family moved to Azwell, WA in 1965 where he attended the Pateros School. He spent his teen years working in the apple orchard during summer vacation. In 1978, Bobby graduated from Pateros High School as the valedictorian of his class. Three weeks later on his 18th birthday he entered the United State Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. His mother vividly remembers the plane departed Spokane at 1:20 pm, the exact time he was born 18 years earlier. Though it was a rigorous course in academics and military training, he persevered and graduated June 2, 1982, four years exactly after graduating high school. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. His first assignment was flying helicopters, which he loved. After a year he moved on to piloting C141’s transporting troops and supplies to bases all over the world, including Operation Desert Storm in 1991. He was stationed many years at McChord AFB, Tacoma WA. When he completed his military service he had reached the rank of Captain. He was proud of his military service and was a proud American patriot to the end. After leaving the service he earned a Master’s Degree in Political Science.

Bobby enjoyed playing and watching football, basketball and golf. Another pastime was playing horseshoes. After moving to Bellevue he was disappointed to discover the lack of horseshoe facilities in the local parks. He also loved going to yard sales, on walks, and reading, enjoying numerous genres, and he rarely met a dog he didn’t like. He was extremely kind hearted and continually thinking of others. He always brought back gifts from the many countries he flew to and he loved to purchase things from yard sales or thrift stores that he knew one of the family would enjoy. He was a very intelligent person and liked to challenge his mind by doing crossword puzzles, playing chess with a worthy opponent, or engaging in a lively debate.

Bobby was a believer in Jesus from his youth and in his own words said, “I made poor choices at times and went my own way, but God was always faithful to pursue me and bring me back to his side”. While living in University Park, WA for many years, he served in various ministries at First Baptist Church in Lakewood.

Bobby had four children and though his contact with them at times was limited, his love and concern for them never wavered. He prayed for them consistently and always spoke positively about them. He was extremely proud when his oldest son followed in his footsteps and joined the air force.

Bobby is survived by his daughter Sara Neale of Oakland, CA; son Cody Neale (Carina), McChord AFB, Tacoma WA; daughter Leah Neale and son Jacob Neale, Santee, CA; stepchildren Amity, Luke and Lindsey; parents Louie and Anna Belle Neale, Pateros, WA; brother Roger Neale (Dawn), Bellingham, WA; sister Charlotte Dauber (Richard), Warden, WA; sister-in-law Susan Neale, Lake Stevens, WA; numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. His grand niece and nephew, Tatianna and Brian, held a special place in his heart.

He was preceded in death by his oldest brother Donald Neale.

A celebration of life will be held Oct. 16, 2018, 3:00 pm at Barton Family Funeral Chapel in Kirkland, WA.

He will be interred with full military honors Oct. 17, 2018, 10:00 am at Tahoma National Cemetery near Kent, WA.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to:

Operation Smile  (doctors who fix cleft palettes for needy children in foreign countries)


Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital

12 Responses to “Bobby G. Neale”

  • Cody Lee Neale says:

    We love you dad ❤️Thank you for your service and life.

  • Pam Prentice (Morris) says:

    Bobby and I where in the same class together and with his sister Charlotte and I being best friends, I was always around so Bobby jokingly nick named me “the pest” which I actually enjoyed! You will be missed, Bobby!

  • Gary & Cathy Spainhower says:

    WE will miss you Bobby. You were always special!

  • Brian Neal says:

    Bobby, as the guy always next to you alphabetically at the AF Academy, our cadet lives intersected often. God Bless you and your loved ones. Bless you on your final flight.

  • Bruce Haley says:

    I will always cherish the times I had with Bobby and the rest of the Det 9 gang at Whiteman AFB flying the Huey, Friday’s at the O-club, unit parties and painting the town of Warrensburg. We will miss you my brother in arms. Rest In Peace.

  • Philip Parker, USAFA '82, CS-13 then CS-19 says:

    Sorry I couldn’t be there to say goodbye my Bulldawg zoomie brother! I know you will live on in all who have been blessed with knowing you! A toast to the host…

  • John Cerra says:

    Bobby, you were a great roommate at the Academy. If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t have met Colleen. I’ve thought about you over the years. Bless you and your family.

  • Mark Ward says:

    I fondly remember our time at Whiteman AFB together. You will be missed. Blue skies and fair winds, my friend.

  • Jeff Elsee says:

    Bobby was a good friend from our doolie year and 3 degree year in CS-18. A friendly and carefree guy.
    God Bless you and your family.

  • Mike Czarniak says:

    Bobby and I were roommates doolie year in CS-18. I have fond memories of our many discussions on life until wee in the morning. Booby was always a night owl. I also had the great fortune of flying a C-141 training flight with him many years later. I’m sorry for not being there to say goodbye. Few men had a bigger heart than you. I will miss you. God speed Bobby G.

  • Jeff Beene, USAFA '82 says:

    So thankful for Bobby’s service and for his testimony. Proud to be his classmate. Prayers for all the family in this difficult time.
    BIB always!

  • Bob Weller, USAFA '82 says:

    So sorry to hear of Bobby’s passing. My prayers to his family.

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