Gregory Ray Neeley passed from this life on August 12, 2021 at the age of 70.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy, sons, Devin and Ryan (Stephanie), grandchildren, Hudson, Brantley, and Lily, and his 1968 Mercury Cougar.
Greg was born on November 7, 1950 in Los Alamos, NM. Greg spent his younger years in Santa Fe and Clovis, before his parents moved to Albuquerque in 1962. The years in Albuquerque were spent as a daredevil adventurer on skateboards, motorcycles, convertibles and jumping off the roof with Pat and other neighborhood friends. Many high school classmates remember his 1968 Mercury Cougar, which he was very proud of, and is still in the family. Greg was a 1968 graduate of Del Norte High School in Albuquerque, 1972 graduate of Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM, where he met Kathy, and graduate of the University of Phoenix with a Masters of Business Administration in 1998.
Kathy and Greg celebrated 40 years of marriage in June.
Greg was a 'car guy' and happy to discuss the finer points of the fins and taillights on a '55 Caddy, or the engine in any vehicle with anyone, at any time. The Cougar and a '35 Chevy truck were both in line for restoration work. Greg worked in a number of lines of work over the years, including at APS, and PNM Power Plants, San Juan College, Horace Nissan, most recently as the "tax man" and retired from the State of New Mexico in 2017.
When not thinking about cars, or ducking outside to see what plane was flying overhead, he was "Papa" to the three grandchildren. He was always quick with a (bad) joke and came up with some real groaners in between being handy around the house and "engineering" some real creative things over the years.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to be made in Greg's name at the Four Corners Home for Children in Farmington.