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Robert "Bob" McNeal


Robert "Bob" McNeal

August 20, 1964 ~ May 19, 2022 (age 57)

Robert "Bob" McNeal, Sr., Bear Clan, age 57, passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center in Bemidji.

Bob was born on August 20, 1964, in Minneapolis, MN, to Herbert and Ina Mae (Cook) McNeal. He attended school in Red Lake and later earned his GED. He worked as a custodian at the Red Lake High School and also in the woods for a while. He liked repairing small engines, loved working on lawn mowers and kept his parents yard looking so nice all the time. He wouldn't use a riding lawn mower, he had to use a regular lawn mower and kept the yard beautiful. Bob loved going to the casino to play Keno. He was also a slot technician in Warroad. He loved his grandkids so much and was waiting for two more to be born.

He will be reunited with his son, Mikey; his parents, Herbert and Ina Mae McNeal; grandparents, Teddi and Ida Cook and Scotti and Jane McNeal; sister, Shirley, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Bob is survived by his sons: Robbie (Adriana) McNeal, Jr. and Joey McNeal; the mother of his children: Kay Norris; step-children: Carlo (Amy) Norris, Jessica Norris and Reynaldo Norris; grandchildren: Zach, Jaxson, Jazlyn, Evan, Justina, and Camden McNeal; sisters: Jan (Toady) Thunder, Karen (Eli) Ramirez; brothers: Harlan, Bill (Irene) and Ron McNeal and Don (Michelle) Langer; nieces: Kelly, Kauri, Amber, Diane, Sarah, Laura, Jadyn and Sienna; nephews: Ron, Randy, Ben, Jason and Drake; aunt, Mary Ellen Cook and uncle, Fabian Cook.

The wake will begin at 3:00 P.M. on Monday, May 23, 2022, at the Old Red Lake Center in Red Lake and continue until the service at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, with Father John Christianson officiating. Active casketbearers will be: Robbie McNeal, Jr., Joey McNeal, Ron Thunder, Randy Thunder, Rodney (Chubbs) Spears, Lydell Cook, Justice Lussier, Eddy Fairbanks, Cody Cook, Richard (Dahl) Cook, Darrell Waybenais, Darwin Stately, Clayton Cook, Jr., Hunter Beaulieu. Honorary casketbearers will be: Dave Roy, Kelly Thunder, Kauri McNeal, Amber McNeal, Diane McNeal, Sheldon Cook, Sr., Leo Cook, Teddi Crowe, Lisa Fern, Kristi Fairbanks, Kim Cook, Barb Graves, Keith Donnell, Fred Donnell, Richard Dudley, Leon Barrett, Kevin Cook, Sr., Sheila Lussier. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in Red Lake. Arrangements provided by Whispering Pines Funeral & Cremation Service (


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