Our husband, father and friend, Loyal “Dean” Neihart, 66, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Monday, May 13, 2013 at his home with family and friends surrounding him after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born to Arthur Earl and Edna Bernice Neihart on November 21, 1946 in Yakima, Washington. The family moved back to Blackfoot where he attended school, worked at Kraft Foods and broke horses.
Uncle Sam called him away and he very proudly served from 1966 to 1968 as an Ammunition Sergeant in Vietnam. After a Army Accommodation Medal, a Purple Heart and many more awards, he finished his tour as a Staff 5 Sergeant in Fort Hood, Texas.
He married Lucille Faulkner in 1968 after his honorable discharge and with his GI Bill he bought a ‘68 Chevelle Super Sport and came back home. Dean and Lucille were later divorced.
He worked in Boise as a service station mechanic, then moved back to Blackfoot to manage Big O Tire.
Then came the Monroc days where he hauled concrete at 90 miles an hour from 1973 to 2009 and as contractors and friends know, he was one of the best redi mix drives in the business. He was always proud of his job and the friends he made from working there. He would always say “if I had a dime for every yard I’ve hauled...”
In 1989 Dean reunited with the true love of his life, Christine “Tina” Young. They were married on June 27, 1992. They were married in Elko, Nevada and lived happily ever after.
He loved doing yard work, puttering around the house, waxing Tina’s pickup and of course changing oil in Blue Duck. Upon retirement, you could always find him and old Blue at his favorite watering holes, telling old war stories and catching up with old friends. Dean liked shooting trap, listening to the Golden Oldies, NASCAR, baseball, barbeques and making his famous baked beans.
He was one of the most honest, loving and giving person that Blackfoot has ever seen. He was very proud of his family and service to his country, as could be seen by his many flag poles, not only at home, but all over town.
Dean is survived by his wife, Tina of Blackfoot; sons, Shane (Lacie) of Rigby, ID, Jim Bug (Lori) of Blackfoot, ID and Steven Lee of Blackfoot, ID; daughters, Laura (Paul) of Chandler, AZ, Tracy (Brett) of Pine Haven, WY and Nikki Diviesti of Idaho Falls, ID; brothers, Larry (Margie) Neihart, Gene (Sally) Neihart of Pocatello, ID and Flint (Janice) Neihart of Blackfoot, ID; sisters, Debra Sue and “Sis” Ranae both of Salt Lake City, UT; 12 grandchildren; one great grandson; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 17, 2013 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot. Family will meet with friends and relatives for one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Interment will follow at the Grove City Cemetery with Military Honors offered by the American Legion Stewart Hoover Post #23. Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org .