Harold S. Neu


(Dec. 10, 1923 - March 12, 2011)

Harold S. Neu, 87, of Dayton died Saturday, March 12, 2011, in Amy Holt Nursing Home in Buffalo.

Harold was born Dec. 10, 1923, in Goodland, Kan., to Henry and Mary Nona (Stewart) Neu.

Harold grew up in Kansas and Powell. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII and served in the Philippines on Torpedo boats. 

Harold married Doris Adams on Nov. 16, 1946, in Powell. 

He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in agriculture in 1952. He returned to Powell after graduation to work with his father as a building contractor and built many homes in Powell. 

He and his daughter, Mona, were active in the Powell Valley Riding Club and horse shows. He was also an American Quarter Horse judge. 

In 1969, they moved the family to Dayton and purchased the Dayton Texaco Service Station. He also built the Dew Drop Inn Drive-In in Dayton. After he sold the service station, he spent his later years working on a small ranch and enjoying his horses. Harold loved horses and all animals. He enjoyed being in the great outdoors. His other love was music and dancing with his wife, especially to country-western music.

Harold was preceded in death by his wife, three sisters, a step-sister and step-brother.

Harold is survived by his daughters, Vickie Martin (Tom) of Sheridan, Michele Lofgren (Nels) of Buffalo, Mona Scott of Dayton and Tami Neu of Butte, Mont.; eight grandchildren, Jill Martin of Sheridan, Justin Martin (Colleen) of Billings, Jennifer Mitchell (Cord) of Billings, Jamie Scott of Dayton, Ryan Lofgren of Billings, Lisa Lofgren of Bloomington, Ill., Luke Reddinger of Bozeman, Mont., Marcie Reddinger of Butte, Mont.; and twin great-grandchildren Keen and Vance Scott-Schmaus of Dayton.

Cremation has taken place and graveside service will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell later this spring, along with a family gathering. 

Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.