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Isaac B. "Ike" Neville

Isaac "Ike" Neville, age 87, of Philip, died Wednesday, October 20, 2004, at the Ft. Meade VA Medical Center.

Services were held Monday, October 25, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Philip, with Pastor Robert Oettel officiating. Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, organist, and Marlis Doud, vocalist. Ushers were Gene Deuchar and Duane Bessette. Pallbearers were Luke, Eric and Jerry Neville, George and Shawn Sexton, Wayne Pedersen, James Robinson and Roy Miller.

Interment with military honors was Monday at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Rush Funeral Home of Philip was in charge of the arrangements.

Isaac B. Neville, better known as "Ike" to his family and friends, was born September 7, 1917, the son of Dewitt and Harriett (Styles) Neville, on their homestead near Milesville, SD. He grew up and received his education in the Milesville area.

As a young man, he worked on the WPA Projects in Haakon County. Ike served in the U.S. Army during WWII and served mainly in the European Theatre. After his honorable discharge on November 24, 1945, he returned to the Milesville area where he purchased a farm-ranch six miles west of Billsburg, SD, in 1947.

Ike was united in marriage to Nellie Palmer on March 16, 1952, in Onida, SD. They made their home on his farm-ranch which they continued to operate until his retirement in 1982. After they retired, they moved into Philip where he worked part-time as a custodian at the American Legion Hall.

Ike was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, the Wheeler-Brooks American Legion Post #173, and the VFW Post #3069, all of Philip.

Survivors include three sons, Richard Neville and his wife, Beulah, of Philip, Fredrick Neville and his wife, Judy, of Box Elder, and Lee Ike Neville and his wife, Debra, of Milesville; one daughter, Helen Sexton and her husband, John, of Rapid City; 21 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Alice Deuchar of Philip and Helen Wegner of Hanna, WY.

Ike was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie, on July 20, 2001; his parents; two brothers, Allen M. "Pug" Neville and Andy Neville; and one sister, Alvina Sykes.

A memorial is established.