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Joseph F. (Joe) Neaton

Joseph F. (Joe) Neaton, age 79 of Watertown, died peacefully at his home Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005.

Joe served in World War II in the 8th Army Air Force, stationed in England.

Upon his father Michael’s death in 1958, Joe completed his father’s term as Carver County Commissioner. He was also elected commissioner and served from 1971 to 1986, during which time he was chairman of the board of commissioners from 1976-1986. He also served as representative from Carver County to the Metropolitan Council.

A volunteer for the Minnesota Associate of Public Schools (MAPP), he served as a school board member for District 261, which was the last rural school to close in Carver County.

Joe farmed in Hollywood Township since 1951; and believed in preserving the family farm and rural life. He was a member of the Carver County National Farmers Organization (NFO) for 30 years, serving as president, and editor of the chapter newsletter.

In addition, Joe maintained a membership in the Carver County Farmers Union, and served on the board of the Waconia Farm Supply.

Joe also served on the board for Immaculate Conception Church in Watertown.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ann Althoff; parents, Michael and Bridget (Burns) Neaton; sister Mary (Kosel), brothers-in-law Francis Campbell and Cy Kosel; and daughter-in-law Elizabeth Morris.

Joe is survived by his wife, Marion (Cobian); children Joseph (LuAnn), Mary Ohland (William), John (Mary), Michael (Debbie), Brian (Pam), James (Brenda), and Thomas (Karla); and 15 grandchildren: Christopher and Shannon Neaton, Daniel Neaton, Kelly Neaton, Joseph A. and Holly Neaton, Kathryn Ohland, Amy Ohland, Sean and Diana Neaton, Jeffrey Neaton, Ashley Neaton, Taylor Neaton, Zachary Neaton, Rebecca Neaton, Scott Neaton, Mikayla Neaton, and Victoria Pierson.

He is further survived by three great-grandchildren: Austin Neaton, Alex Neaton, and Wallace Neaton; and siblings: James (Monica), Edward (Jo), Eileen Campbell (Francis), and Jane Borer (Art).

A Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Watertown, with the Rev. Frank Wampach officiating. Music was provided by the Immaculate Conception Church choir and Mary Lou Jirik, organist. Joe’s granddaughter, Katie Ohland, served as pianist.

Visitation took place Tuesday, Jan. 11 from 4 to 9 p.m., with prayer service at 7 p.m.

Casket bearers were Chris Neaton, Dan Neaton, Jeff Neaton, Joe Neaton, Sean Neaton, Scott Neaton, and Taylor Neaton. Honorary bearers were Pat Neaton, Paul Neaton, Colleen Dooley, Mike Kosel, Kenny Kosel, Bonnie Edwards, Mary Jane Welch, and Mary Ann Kosel.

Honors were provided by the Eugene Early American Legion Post 121 of Watertown, and the Waverly Council of the Knights of Columbus. Interment was in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Watertown.

Arrangements were by Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.

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