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Funeral services will take place on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 10:00 AM (Mountain).

United Church
Philip, South Dakota




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In memory of

Wallace C. "Kenny" Neville

of Philip, South Dakota, died on Friday, March 27, 2020 east of Billsburg on Highway 34 at the age of 68

Wallace Clinton Neville, better known as "Kenny" by family and friends, was born March 25, 1952 in Kadoka, South Dakota to Robert and Arlys (Hansen) Neville.

Kenny graduated from Philip High School then headed to Watertown Business University where he met his future bride.
Kenny was united in marriage to Nancy Dawn Rogers on June 3, 1973 in Lead South Dakota, and to this union three children, and later eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter were born.

He later began working as a road grader for Haakon County. This opportunity led him to 42 years of service that included road grading and ultimately the Haakon County Highway Superintendent position until his retirement in October of 2013.




Kenny was not the only name this gentle man knew. His family also knew him as husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, hunting buddy, the fisherman, papa, no-toes, boss hog, and I am sure the list goes on. The most important name to him was always "leader of our family", and he loved us so much. We knew we were the single most important thing to him, and we all know how he felt about hunting and fishing!

He had a way of teaching us through his fishing and hunting about life, love, and how to treat people and nature. Plus, there are just a "few" trophy mule deer, antelope and some monster bass that he liked to talk about now and then. Kenny touched a lot of lives through his hunting, fishing, and love of youth sports. He became so tickled to be collecting tickets at tournaments, yelling for the next heavy weight state champion, and freezing at all the football games he could stand! He loved his "Fitch boys", William Crowser, "the Parson's kids" as well as special fishermen Brynn and Randy Crotteau.

Survivors include the love of his life, Nancy of Philip; three children, Memory Neville and son Kaden of Rapid City; Clint Neville (and wife Miranda) of Martin and their three children: Addison, Kennedy and Grayson; and Lacie Neville-Dirks of Rapid City and her children RhiAnna (and her child AdaLynne Venus) and Leighton Young all of Rapid City. Papa Kenny was blessed with eight grandbabies and one great-grand baby whom he was so excited to meet! Also surviving are two brothers, Bobby Gene Neville of Rapid City, and Randy Neville (and wife Bessie) of El Paso, Texas; one sister Molly Neville-Kukal (and husband Marty) of Garrison, Montana; an Uncle Jerry Neville (and wife Joy) of Philip, and an Aunt Grace Mack of Rapid City as well special lifelong friends Mark, Pat, Chad, and Kathy Hanrahan; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Kenny was preceded in death by his father Bob, on March 14, 2020; his Mother Arlys on September 22, 2009; a sister Marilyn Neville on July 24, 1992; a granddaughter Elizabeth; grandparents Clinton and Florence Neville and Bud and Marie Hansen; Aunt and Uncle Lila and Caroll Ames; and Uncle Jim Mack.

Cards and memorials may be sent to P.O. Box 683, Philip, SD 57567.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 3, at the United Church in Philip with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating. If you do not wish to attend the service there will be a live stream here on Kenny's web page so please check back at the time of the service and watch the live stream.

MEMORIAL SERVICE
Friday, April 3, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.
United Church
Philip, South Dakota

OFFICIATING
Pastor Kathy Chesney

MUSIC
"Amazing Grace"
"The Old Rugged Cross"

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  • We will forever have great memories of fishing with Kenny...wish we had one more time out with him...loved seeing him at the store and being asked when we were headed back out with him...loved his fishing and hunting stories...we keep you in our thoughts and prayers... ~ Randy,Brynn and Crotteau family Spearfish,SD (4/4/2020)
  • I have so many great memories of Kenny. Whether playing cards or telling hunting stories or playing softball. He was always soft spoken and contemplative. I enjoyed talking with him. He was never judgmental and seemed to find something good about everyone. I remember one time he shot a huge muley and couldn't drag it out alone so he stopped over at Billsburg where Grant and I were working on someones pkp. He was really excited and said, "I'll buy you guys a steak if you'll help me drag this deer out". We went with him and drug the deer out. We had so much fun we told him to forget the steak we had all the pay we needed getting to be a part of the fun. I always got a real kick out of his humor at card games. Of course, people called him "no toes" and I remember how the toe of his shoe would curl up when we played softball. I will miss Kenny. He has been a good friend for the lions share of my life. My deepest sympathy to you his family ~ Glenn Parsons Philip SD (4/4/2020)
  • California ~ Paula M Poss RIVERSIDE (4/3/2020)
  • I was so saddened to read of Kenny's passing. Remembering the good times we had at WBU. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. ~ Deb (Ellis) Haffner Rapid City (4/3/2020)
  • So sorry to hear about Kenny. We are keeping you and your family in our prayers. ~ Mike & Laurie Asmussen Salt Lake City, UT (4/3/2020)
  • So sorry we couldn't be with you all to say goodbye to dear sweet Kenny. He will be missed by all. We loved him to. God bless you all. ~ Mary brooks Fargo No Dak (4/3/2020)
  • Will miss seeing him at the minnow tank and hearing fishing stories. ~ Michael M Gebes Philip (4/3/2020)
  • SD ~ Sonny and Charlene Reed Pierre (4/3/2020)
  • My heart goes out to you and your family. I'm so very sorry for your loss. ~ Jenna Cook St Paul Minnesota (4/3/2020)
  • So sorry for your loss Neville family. Kenny was a great guy, I enjoyed every chat with him when he came out to sites, as I administered County bridge and box culvert projects in the field for the SDDOT. He always had a story or a funny joke to share. He will be missed dearly. Keeping you in my prayers during this time. ~ Shelley Larson Pierre, SD (4/2/2020)
  • Im so sorry for your loss. This news saddened me greatly. Kenny was such a huge part of our store. Last night's graveyard shift wasnt the same without him. I kept waiting to see him walk thru the door. He was a great man and im honored to have gotten to know him like i did.. my prayers are with you guys... ~ Lacey Thorson Philip SD (4/2/2020)
  • Wyoming ~ Lynn & Audrey Merchen Newcastle (4/2/2020)
  • Nancy and family, we are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. We just wanted to tell you, no body beats Kenny's turkey for all those Thanksgiving dinners! We love you all! ~ Mike, Tamra, Kayley, and Shayna Neville Rapid City (4/1/2020)
  • Sorry for your loss you will be inur thoughts and prayers ~ Jim and Sharon Gillaspie Kennebec, SD (4/1/2020)
  • Milesville, SD ~ Donnie & Bobette Schofield (4/1/2020)
  • Knew Kenny well as a hwy Supt. Attended many county functions with Kenny and got to know him quite well. We shared some good fishing and hunting stories together. We played many card games with other hwy Supt and Kenny was an enjoyable person to be around. I so enjoyed our many hours of discussion about county matters and options to handle county issues. Was also able to enjoy his year as president of the hwy Supt association. Kenny will be missed and offer my sympathy to his family.
    Former Day County hwy Supt
    ~ Chuck Fromelt Day County (4/1/2020)
  • So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for you and your family. ~ Bernie Butcher Tea, SD (4/1/2020)
  • What a man Kenny was. We at AGE Corp loved working on county projects for him and his staff. A truly good man the county had and we appreciated him. At a wrestling tourney one Saturday he said, "did I show my deer hunting pictures?" He proceeded to show them and then stated this which I never forgot. "what makes life so good is work, deer hunting and wrastling" My the lord be with all of you that are his family. Thank you for sharing him with us. Rest in peace dear friend. ~ Gary Johnson AGE CORP Fort Pierre, SD (4/1/2020)
  • So sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and Prayers to you all during this hard time! I played softball with Kenny and still remember those days well! He really enjoyed playing softball with all the guys and enjoying every minute of it! We used to always run into him during hunting season also because he was one of those guys that would wait for the big buck and he did get some great ones over the years! Kenny will definitely be missed by many! ~ Leslie O'Connell Rapid City, South Dakota (4/1/2020)
  • Dear Nancy and Family
    May you feel God's arms wrapped around you in this most difficult time. Praying for strength in your time of sorrow.
    Kenny was always so kind and sure enjoyed seeing kids. In the days of Michelle's Daycare, he would always visit us as the post office.
    As our kids grew up, he enjoyed hearing of their hunting stories.
    May God bless and hold you
    David, Michelle, Kelcey, Katie and Lukas Butler
    ~ Michelle Butler Philip (4/1/2020)
  • Our thought are with you all. We will miss seeing Kenny drive by. He was a great guy and will be greatly miss. ~ Julie Elliot and Tracy Mcquirk Philip (3/31/2020)
  • Nancy and Family-
    I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    ~ Joanna Beckwith-Peterson Fort Pierre, SD (3/31/2020)
  • Nancy and Family: Kenny was a great guy! My fondest memories go back to watching him play softball for the Milesville Mudhogs. We will miss him stopping in to get popcorn at the Gem Theatre. He was a kind and thoughtful man. Hold on to God and each other extra tight in the days ahead and may you be blessed with His comfort. ~ Mike and Shar Moses Philip, S.D. (3/31/2020)
  • Nancy and family I'm so sorry for your loss. It's never easy prayers for you all. ~ Bonnie Moses Nebraska (3/31/2020)
  • Sd ~ Fred Neville Box Elder (3/31/2020)
  • Nancy and Family~ We were so saddened to hear of Kenny's passing. He was always very kind and good for a story! Jason has good memories of hunting with Kenny. We will be thinking of you in the coming days and weeks. Prayers for you all. ~ Jason and Vonda Hamill and boys Milesville, SD (3/30/2020)
  • Our sympathy to the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers, may your memories bring you comfort. We cannot feel life's losses without first feeling the blessings of its fullness. ~ Marsha and Bill Sumpter Kadoka (3/30/2020)
  • SD ~ Bill Sumpter Kadoka (3/30/2020)
  • My condolences to Nancy and Family ~ Ray Wilhelm Rapid City, South Dakota (3/30/2020)
  • Deepest sympathy to your Family. Prayers to you all. ~ Briget Millage Hatheway Draper SD (3/30/2020)
  • Nancy & Family, We are so sorry to hear about Kenny. Kenny brings to mind so many good stories and some great fish. He is going to be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ~ Marion & Darlene Matt Philip (3/30/2020)
  • South Dakota ~ Kathy Coverdale Midland (3/30/2020)
  • So sorry for the loss in your family. Remember the good times and always keep them in your heart. Prayers for all. ~ Jim and Vonnie O’Dea Howes, SD (3/30/2020)
  • South Dakota ~ Duke & Patricia Westerberg Philip (3/30/2020)
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry to hear about Kenny. He touched a lot of peoples lives and had a heart of gold. He will be greatly missed. ~ Rick and Nancy (Pekron) Ehrhardt Brandon SD (3/29/2020)
  • Dear Nancy & Family, Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. We are so sorry to hear of Kenney's passing. I have many fond memories of Kenney, always had a story to tell about Grandma and Grandpa Bodkin He was a kind and gentle soul!! ~ Don & Wanda Moses Fairmont NE (3/29/2020)
  • We are absolutely shocked to learn of Kenny's passing. Have so many good memories of Kenny and Nancy - two wonderful people. May the love of family and friends help comfort you in the days ahead. Rest in Peace Kenny. ~ David and Karen Webb Rapid City, SD (3/29/2020)
  • Nancy & Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Kenny was a great guy with a big heart. He will be missed dearly. We will be holding you up in prayer during this difficult time.
    Love & Hugs
    Nick, Hallie, Chevy & Memphis
    ~ Nick Konst Family Philip SD (3/29/2020)
  • Prayers to you and yours for strength during these trying times. ~ Jennifer McNamara Grenora ND (3/29/2020)
  • Nancy I'm so sorry to hear about Kenny. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Big hugs for you. ~ Paula Stone Lubbock, Tx. (3/28/2020)
  • My heart breaks for you all. I am so very sorry. Happy to have the memories. Hugs and sympathy to all his family and friends. ~ Donna Bodkin Craven (3/28/2020)
  • Dear Nancy & Family, So sorry for your Loss; We have You All in our thoughts & Prayers. Stay Close to each other for the support that You need & Lean on God for His Comfort & His Support in the days ahead. Sincerely, Kathy & Jerry. ~ Jerry & Kathy S. Noteboom Yuma, Az (3/28/2020)
  • Dear Nancy and families, our hearts are breaking for you, so sorry. It is such a shock, cannot find the words to say. We have known Kenny for many years, what a great guy. Hold on to all the memories. ~ Les & Joann Pearson Philip SD (3/28/2020)
  • My heart aches for all of you at this tragic time. May God's love and peace wrap around each of you now and the days ahead my deepest sympathy. Love to all of you. ~ Vicki Neiderworder Philip S D (3/28/2020)
  • We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort. ~ Oliver & Gayle Carson Quinn.SD (3/28/2020)
  • Nancy, Mem, Clint, Lacey and families,
    So terribly sorry and heartbroken for your loss. Over the years I have shared with my kids special memories of Kenny delivering birthday gifts by tractor because of terrible roads and they thought I was pretty special to have great God Parents like you two! I agree! I love running into you guys now and then and Kenny is always quick to smile and give great hugs!!
    Sending hugs and love your way!
    ~ Krystl (Anderson), Jared, Lexus, Jaxon & Alex Vermundson Rapid City (3/28/2020)
  • Dear Nancy and Family ~ Words cannot express how deeply saddened we are by losing Kenny. What a light and a sparkle he gave to the world. May God's peace and comfort surround you and give you rest. ~ Kris, Brad and Gena Rapid City, South Dakota (3/28/2020)
  • Dear Nancy & Family, Our prayers and thoughts are with you. We are so sorry to hear of Kenney's passing. Love and Prayers. Ralph& Cathy ~ Ralph & Cathy Fiedler Sturgis, SD (3/28/2020)