Neil was born in Coeur d’Alene, ID to Charles Sheldon and Eleanor Murray Hyde.
He was raised in the Coeur d’Alene and N Idaho region and graduated Coeur d’Alene high school in 1949.
He married Mary Ellen Hallvik in July of 1956 and they had two daughters, Sally Hyde (Bud Sizemore) and Susan Hagen (Todd Hagen) who were born and raised in N Idaho and NW Montana.
His grandson, Jacob Hagen, was his pride and joy!
Neil graduated from University of Idaho in 1962 with a BS in Forest Management and received a masters in Silviculture in 1973.
He worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a forester and silviculurist for over 25 years.
He truly loved the great outdoors and would often work for days alone, hiking in the woods.
He spent his retirement years studying his family’s history and genealogy.
He became a member of the Sons of the American Revolution in 2002 and became a very active member of his local chapter, volunteering at naturalization ceremonies for new citizens and endowing honors to local heroes.
He dedicated countless hours in volunteer service to the Spokane Veterans Hospital and Veterans Home.
He loved to tell stories and teach kids of all ages, especially about nature and the importance of family histories.
He was a long-time and very active member of his church community at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Spokane where he was known to be a true story-teller who loved his family dearly, and they him.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Paul Eugene Hyde, sister Norma Hyde Bratlie, and brother-in-law Harold Bratlie, as well as his step-father Ray Beaulieu and nephew Bret Hyde.
He is survived by his wife, daughters, sons-in-law and grandson as well as many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service for Neil will be held on Friday August 2, 2013 at 11 am at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Spokane.
The family requests donations to St. Mark’s Lutheran or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) be made in lieu of flowers.