MILLINOCKET - Ernest C. Neal, Jr., 78, passed away Monday, October 5, 2015 at a Milbridge health care facility. He was born September 27, 1937 in Millinocket, the son of Ernest C. and Susan P. (Maragus) Neal.
Ernie grew up in Millinocket, and was a graduate of Stearns High School, class of 1956. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from August 1956 and was honorably discharged in August of 1958. After his time of service, Ernie returned to Millinocket and began working at the Great Northern Paper Company, retiring in 1996 as a Papermaker. He loved fishing and being on the waters of the Katahdin Region, and spending time at his camp, gardening and being in the outdoors. One of Ernie's favorite things was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and taking them to the fair was always a high point for all. Ernie was a CB radio enthusiast, and was well known for his entertaining story telling abilities. He was a generous, fair, honest, and hard working man, and will be lovingly missed and fondly remembered by those who knew him.
He is survived by two children, Lisbeth (Ross) Batchelder and her husband Wayde of Milbridge, and Mark Damuth and his wife Dora of Springvale; five grandchildren, Jason, Melissa, Sherri, Jason, and Jessica; nine great grandchildren, Kodie, Dymond, Logan, Jasmine, Bayle, Dustin, Saphira, and Kayden; two sisters, Carol (Maragus) Cramp and her husband James of East Millinocket, and Natasha Maragus of Pennsylvania; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Ernie was predeceased by his parents.
Friends are invited to visit with the family 6-8 P.M. Friday, October 9 at the Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack St., Millinocket. Graveside services, with military honors, will be held 11 A.M. Saturday, October 10 at Millinocket Cemetery. Gifts in memory of Ernie may be sent to the Memorial Fund at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 40 Highland Avenue, Millinocket, ME 04462. Arrangements are by Lamson Funeral Home, Millinocket. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.