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Wasilla resident Lee Charles Neas, 27, died peacefully in his sleep May 13, 2007, at home.
A remembrance of life will be from 1-4 p.m. Monday at 4901 Car-Lynn Circle in Anchorage, his family home where he grew up. His nephew, Raymond Lowdermilk, will officiate.
Mr. Neas was born Nov. 7, 1979, in Anchorage. He attended Service High School. Lee was a lifelong Alaskan, growing up in Anchorage and living most recently in Wasilla. Lee worked as a roofer; it was the trade of his choice, but he also enjoyed electrician work.
Lee enjoyed hunting, fishing and bird hunting with his Brittany spaniel, Brandy, as well archery and playing his drums.
His nephews and niece, Raymond, Dylan, Hollie, Michael and James, said: "Lee is more than our uncle, he was our brother; we grew up with him."
At the time of Lee's death, he was living with family members Mitchell and Michael Pistro in Wasilla. Mitchell and Michael said, "Lee loved being able to see the mountains from his bedroom window." His family was informed just hours before his death that Lee had saved the life of another.
His brother, Pete, said: "Lee was my brother and my friend with a great love of life. Lee will be missed but not forgotten; Lee is now in the happy hunting grounds."
His daughter's mother, Stephanie, said, "He was so special and so loved by Penny and I."
His sister, Tina, said: "Lee will always be with me in my heart and daily thoughts. Lee and I shared our lives in every way. Although Lee is my brother, I will always think of him as my child, too. I was very privileged to have him in my life; we shared laughter and tears from his first day to his last. Lee's polite manner and super smile will always be in my memories. I will miss him always; a part of me is with him."
His dad said, "Our lives will never be the same without him."
Lee is survived by his father and mother, Larry and Geri Neas of Anchorage; daughter, Penny Ward-Neas of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; sister and brother-in-law, Tina and Jerry Blitz of Seward; brother and sister-in-law, Pete and Eileen Neas of Anchorage; nephew and nephew's wife, Raymond and Laura Lowdermilk of Fairbanks; nephew, Dylan, and Dylan's daughter, Ella Lowdermilk of Wasilla; niece and niece's husband, Hollie and Shawn Bruns of Honolulu; nephews, Michael and James Pistro of Wasilla, and Nathan and Keith Neas of Anchorage; grandmother, Rosetta Carpenter of Kalispell, Mont.; uncle and aunt, Larry and Bobbie Carpenter of Anchorage; Penny's mother, Stephanie Ward of Coeur d'Alene; brothers-in-law, Bo Lowdermilk of Wasilla and Mitchell Pistro of Wasilla; nephew, Chris Blitz of Anchorage; and bird dog, Brandy; she never left his side.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather and grandmother Neas and his grandfather Carpenter.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alaska USA Federal Credit Union for a trust fund in memory of Lee for his daughter Penny, account No. 1327998.
Arrangements were with Valley Funeral Home and
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