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Neil A. Stueven, 81

Neil A. Stueven, age 81, New Mexico, formerly of Howard Lake, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 20, 2012.

He was born Aug. 1, 1931, in Howard Lake, to Carl and Cora Stueven.

After the Korean War, Neil graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in 1960, and a master’s degree from South Dakota State University in 1968.

In 1969, he moved his family to Las Cruces, NM to work for the agriculture extension service at New Mexico State University. He was the long-time radio voice of the extension service, featuring farming and ranching news, interviews, and crop reports for much of the Southwest, including Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

A devoted husband and father, Neil loved gardening, golfing, hunting, and fishing.

Upon his retirement in 1990, he was finally able to enjoy RVing throughout most of North America with his beloved wife, Marge. From the Yucatan Peninsula to Alaska to Nova Scotia, they enjoyed all the beauty nature has to offer.

Neil was preceded in death by his stepson, Jere Thorne; and his sister, Irma Wiley.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Marge; his step-daughter, Jean, of Minneapolis; his daughter, Kathy, of Rio Ranch, NM; sons David of Albuquerque, NM, Paul of Westminster, CO, and Mark of Dublan, Ireland; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life took place Sunday, Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. at New Mexico State University Golf Course.