Neal B. Rash, passed away with his wife and son by his side on December 22, 2020, just 2 hours shy of his 65th birthday. He joyfully gave his life to the lord summer of 1995. Finding comfort in his faith, when talking about death, he often shared that either way he wins. He either gets more time here with his family or he get to go home to the Lord.
Neal is survived by; wife, Tammy Rash; son, Clayton Rash; mother, Lola Rash; brother Dan and Cheryl Rash; brother Mike Rash; sister in law, Donna Rash, as well as many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father, Richard; brother, Kenny and grandparents Archie & Helen Inloes.
Neal was born in WaKeeney, KS on December 23, 1955. He was 4 when his family moved to Albany, Oregon. He earned a degree in graphics design and attended the International Air Academy. It was during this time he trained and ran 4 marathons and rode his bicycle 1600 miles to attend a family reunion in Kansas. After completing the air academy, he moved to Houston, TX where he worked for Muse Air. It was here he met, his wife to be, Tammy Renia Taylor in 1983. They moved back to Albany in 1984 where he started his dream job and 35-year career as an Oregon Fish and Wildlife Tech.
He and Tammy married on July 25th 1992 and celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary by proudly welcoming their son, Clayton Amos Rash on July 20th, 1993.
Neal being a very skilled carpenter and fabricator earned himself the nickname of MacGyver. There literally was nothing that he could not fix or build. He was also a very talented artist, an avid outdoorsman that loved hunting, fishing, gardening, canning and processing all of his own game and produce. Neal loved to cook and he loved to feed you. If you sat still long enough, he was going to have you eating something. When someone needed help, he would be first in line to volunteer. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, often sitting around a bonfire at home. Traveling offered up some of his greatest memories and adventures. Many of them taking place on some of the month long road trips he and his family would take up through Canada and Alaska fishing and clamming.
He was certainly a very accomplished man, but the area he shined his brightest, was in his selfless caring and giving to others. He generously sprinkled his love and good works around like a salt shaker never expecting anything in return. He was a devoted husband, father, son, brother and a loyal friend to many. He will be greatly missed.
Due to current restrictions on gatherings, a Celebration of Life will be held for Neal this summer TBA.
Donations: Grace Bible Fellowship in Tangent or ODFW Youth Outdoor Day.
Family is encouraging you go to the memorial website set up under AASUM DUFOUR FUNERAL where you can easily share thoughts or upload any pictures you have, so everyone can enjoy them for years to come.
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