Neal Loudon of Kimball died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center where he resided since July 2012. Previously, he had resided at Washburn Courts in Paynesville. He was 91.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., with memorial services held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at the Kimball United Methodist Church with Rev. Ken Felska officiating. Private burial services will be held at Maine Prairie Cemetery in Kimball.
Neal Elmer Loudon was born Sept. 26, 1922, in Watkins to Erwin and Frances (Arnold) Loudon. He graduated from Kimball High School in 1940. During World War II, from April 1943 to November 1945, he was a member of the U.S. Army landing on Normandy Beach in France, and was in two major battles. Neal was twice wounded and was awarded the Purple Heart. He married Ruth Heitke Aug. 28, 1947. She preceded him in death Aug. 3, 2003. They spent most of their married life in Kimball. Neal was a carpenter and owned a turkey farm. He was the owner and operator of school buses for 26 years, and hauled students for Kimball School District 739. Neal also owned a tree farm and sold Christmas trees for many years. Neal was active in the city of
Kimball. He belonged to the American Legion, Fire Department, and Sportsman’s Club, and served on the city council. Neal was a devoted hunter and fisherman. He particularly loved duck hunting.
Neal was preceded in death by his wife; three sisters Beverly, Maxine, and Lucille; and two brothers Bud and Jack.
He is survived by his son Jeffrey (and Diane) Loudon of Deer River; two grandsons Chad (and Teri) of Zimmerman, and Ryan of Grand Rapids; two great-grandchildren Chloe and Chase; sister-in-law Betty Pro of Paynesville; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
The urnbearers will be Chad and Ryan Loudon. Arrangements were entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Kimball.