James H. Neel, of Melbourne, Florida, passed on from this life on July 18, 2022, surrounded by his entire family.
Jim was born December 31, 1956 to James M. Neel and Willie Mae (Mallory) Neel in Texarkana, Texas. Jim was preceded in his passing by both his parents and his little brother Jeffery Neel.
Jim met his wife, Patricia A. (Morison) Neel, while living in Colorado. He was a devoted husband and loved and adored his wife more than anything. Together they started a family. Jim was an avid outdoorsman who loved hiking, camping, and four-wheeling while living in both Arkansas as a youth and Colorado as an adult. In 2002, Jim and his family moved to Florida.
Jim pursued a lengthy career as an electronic engineer with TRW/Northrup Grumman. Jim enjoyed all things electronics, from computers to ham radios. His ham call sign was NOMNQ. Jim was extremely proud to have worked on the Space Shuttle program with TRW in Colorado Springs ,Colorado.
In his spare time he enjoyed road trips with his wife, gardening, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren and great-granddaughter.
During his youth, Jim was diagnosed with very rare 100% Alpha-1-Antitripsan Deficiency and despite this condition he did not let this setback stop him from enjoying his life. Jim and Pat contributed to Alpha 1 Foundation. Even through enduring this condition Jim still proudly served his country in the United States Army.
Jim is survived by his devoted wife Patricia; their two daughters, Angela Brewer and husband Tracy Brewer and Melanie Schrader and their son, Chris Neel and wife Lyndsey Neel; his sisters Pam Garringer and husband Scott and Mary Salazar both of Arkansas; his grandchildren Nicholas Blythe, Jeremy Vander, Lauren Blythe, Alexis Vander, Abigail Blythe, Alexis Patterson, Alaina Neel, and Adelyn Neel; his great-granddaughter Amelia Blythe and numerous nieces and nephews.
Viewing will on Saturday, July 23, 2022 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM at Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, 1001 South Hickory Street, Melbourne, Florida. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at the The Banyan Estate on 1490 Marie St. Malabar, Fl. on Saturday July 23, 2022 at 2:00. Burial Services will take place at a later date.