Neil Dishaw

CRYSTAL FALLS – Neil G. Dishaw, 77, of Mansfield Township, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 16, 2013, following a long illness.

He was born on Feb. 16, 1936, in Sagola, son of Glenn and Verna (McGregor) Dishaw. Neil graduated from Channing High School in 1953. After serving in the United States Air Force, he returned to Sagola where he met and married Patricia Zavada on May 2, 1959. They had 53 wonderful years of marriage and raised six children together.

Neil worked for several mining companies before retiring from the Cleveland Cliffs Mine in 1998. He enjoyed golf, gardening, making firewood and watching Green Bay Packer football. He was especially proud of his potatoes and corn, often sharing his harvest with family and friends.

Neil was also active in the community as part of the Mansfield Memories Committee and the Mansfield Choir. There were many other ways he served his community, which included supporting his wife in a wide variety of local projects.

Neil was preceded in death by his father, Glenn; a brother, Lyle Dishaw; and his very special dog, “Bubby.”

He is survived by his loving wife, Pat; their children, Shirley (Randy) Dishaw Beck of Mansfield, Sharon (Mark) Nickels of Mansfield, Mike (Tina) Dishaw of Mansfield, Pete Dishaw of Mansfield, Joe (Kim) Dishaw of Homestead, Wis., and Katherine (Gordon) Springberg of Hurley, Wis.; his mother, Verna Dishaw of Crystal Falls; brothers, Duane (Elaine) Dishaw of Racine, Wis., and Brad Dishaw of Sagola; a sister, Karen (Keith) Rust of Buffalo, Minn.; and 11 grandchildren, Daniel, Katherine, Kimberly and David Beck, Jeff and Sarah Nickels, Brooke and Dustin Dishaw, Nicholas Dishaw and Michael and Matthew Dishaw.

Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4 p.m. 8 p.m. at the Nash Funeral Home in Crystal Falls and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at Grace Presbyterian Church in Sagola.

Funeral services will follow Thursday at 11 a.m. at the church. Rev. David Anderson will officiate.

Burial will be in the family cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory to St. Vincent de Paul of Crystal Falls or the Northwoods Animal Shelter of Iron River.

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The family has entrusted the Nash Funeral Home of Crystal Falls with the arrangements.