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Edwin Charles

Neal II

October 04 , 1948 - May 14 , 2020

Edwin Charles Neal II
Edwin Charles Neal II
1948 - 2020




Donations may be made to Walk N Roll ALS


On Thursday, May 14, 2020, Edwin Charles Neal II (Colonel), husband and father of 2 daughters, brother, and friend, passed away peacefully surrounded by family.
Ed was born on October 4, 1948 in Akron, Ohio to Edwin and Margaret Neal. He was preceded in death by his Father, Mother, and Brother Terry Neal. Ed is survived by his sister, Connie Neal. On October 15, 1971, he married Christine Ann Neal. They raised two daughters, Shannon Kelly (Rick Kelly) and Kari Patrick (Ryan Patrick). Ed had 3 grandchildren, Jake Chamberlin (who he helped bring into this world and loved like a son), and 2 step grandchildren, Quinlan and Solana Kelly (who he met later in life, and took into his heart).
Ed had a passion for people, and dedicated his life to helping others. He has served as an undercover narcotics investigator for the Wayne County Sheriffs and retired as Police Sergeant for Brownstown Twp after almost 30 years. He was on the SWAT Team for 18 years, Downriver Mutual Aid Underwater Rescue for 15 years, volunteer fire for 20 years, and served on the National Disaster Medical Team (MI-DMAT) for the last 34 years. He was a warrior to say the least, and risked his life to help others his entire life, and we are so proud!
He was also a dare devil and comedian. If you met him, you would not forget him. He loved with all of his heart, and was a fierce protector of his family. Ed would not want us to mourn his death, but instead, celebrate his life in true Ed fashion! So grab that Guinness, raise your glass, have a laugh, and toast a man that will live on forever in all of our hearts and memories.
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warmth upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.


I am so sorry for the lost of your beloved husband father and grandfather. He was such a nice man to sit and talk to. I'll never forget that when I first started meeting him at family functions I would say hi Uncle Ed. Because that's what John said. And then he said we don't say hi....... we hug in this family. And I never forgot it cuz it made me giggle and laugh. And feel very welcome. Very wonderful person to me and know. My deepest sympathy on the loss of this terrific person. Cynthia Hàmblin in

love and prayers for family ..Ed made the world a better place and prayers for you Chris sad .. Debbie and Harry Behnke

I am so honored and grateful to have had Ed in my family's life. His presence of kindness, humor, strength, integrity, and genuine caring of those whose life he passed through just reaffirms for me that Angels DO Walk Among Us ❤ Barb Ryan

Chris, our deepest condolences to you and the family, Ed was one of a kind and will not be forgotten. He was one of the first guys to "look out" for me a s a Rookie starting out. He was always there when I needed his advice and guidance. He was a true warrior and a great friend with a huge heart. We dove together, hunted together, drank together, and had countless memories. He will be sorely missed but not forgotten. Thank you for the memories Colonel, RIP my friend, until we meet again. Duane Ratliff

It has been a real privilege for us to know Ed and an honor to call him our friend .. He was a warm , honorable man . There is an absence that will be felt here at Bally without him..and in this world ... please accept our loving thoughts and prayers for you Chris, dear friend and for your girls and entire family ... Ed will be missed in a way words can not express.. ❤️Jan&Craig Dudley Jan & Craig Dudley

It was a pleasure and a great experience to work with Ed at Browstown Pd. Never a dull moment with Ed around. A great guy. He shared some great advice to my husband another vet when he needed it. He will be remembered fondly. Barb Lindsey

It is never easy to say goodbye to a loved one wether a parent/spouse but knowing God will heal the broken hearts. May you find comfort in knowing how much he was loved and respected and all the memories you have shared that will always remain in your lives! God Bless you ❤ Irene Biroscak

I have great memories of him and his smile. A very kind man who seemed to always make you happy when you had conversations with him. I can't remember a memory of him when he wasn't smiling. He will be missed by many. brandon england


It was my great honor to get to know Ed and all of you and to help support him in the final days of his life. Thanks for sharing your life and your stories with me. Dawn Dawn Black

My deepest condolences to your family. Ed (The Colonel) was one of a kind. He would ALWAYS make us laugh. We had a lot of great times when Ed was around. He will be truly missed. Mike Brandt (DRMA Dive Team)

Oh Ed, What to say? It was an honor working DMAT with you all these years, but Puerto Rico was my favorite. The stories, experiences and your friendship will forever last in my memory. May you now play pranks with the angels. God speed buddy, we have it from here! -Dave DAVE