Neal Edward Dossett, age 91, of Glencoe, formerly of Lester Prairie, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at the Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care facility.
Neal was born Jan. 12, 1921, in Mankato, to Clifford and Margery Dossett. He was baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal church.
Neal grew up in Janesville, where he attended school until his high school graduation in 1938.
He then served a hitch in the Civilian Conservation Corps at Waterville, after which he joined some friends in Woodstock, IL and was employed there until 1942. At that time, the US Army found a place for him in Newfoundland for the next two-and-a-half years, September 1942 November 1945.
Following his discharge from the army, Neal returned to Janesville, where he worked at painting and decorating.
He and Cynthia Schroeder were married in Janesville in 1948.
Neal and Cynthia moved to Lester Prairie in 1949, where they enjoyed farming until 1980, moving into town in 1999.
Neal loved spending time with family and friends. During his retirement, he enjoyed golfing, reading, playing cards, and traveling throughout the United States and Europe.
He was also a dedicated volunteer at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted, and a generous supporter of several charities.
Neal was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Margery Dossett; sisters Mildred Wiste, and Mary Norenberg; a brother, Richard Dossett; and a brother-in-law, Lester Norenberg.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Dossett of Glencoe; sons Christopher Dossett (wife Helen) of Lester Prairie, and William Dossett (wife Suzanne) of London, England; grandsons Stephen Dossett (wife Sherri LeSarge) of Brooklyn Center, Matthew Dossett (wife Nicole) of Rice; great-grandchildren Brett LeSarge, Grant Dossett, Matthew Dossett Jr., and Harley Grace Dossett; brother-in-law Donald Wiste; sister-in-law Marion Dossett; and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service took place Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Prairie Community Church UCC in Lester Prairie. Congregational hymns were “Softly and Tenderly,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Piano accompaniment was provided by LaRee Dossett. Soloists were Jerry Koch, LaRee Dossett, and Pastor Bill Baldwin.