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Edwin Jennings NeVille

Born: Fri., Oct. 22, 1915
Died: Wed., Apr. 29, 2015

Interment following funeral service

Mon., May 04, 2015
Location: Byron Cemetery


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Mon., May 04, 2015
Location: Byron LDS Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., May 04, 2015
Location: Byron LDS Church

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Edwin Jennings NeVille of Byron, Wyoming passed away on April 29, 2015, in the New Horizons Care Center, Lovell Wyoming.  Ed was 99 years, 6 months. He lived well and enjoyed life.

Ed and his wife, Geraldine “Jeri” Pryde NeVille, 97, were married over 81 years ago. Jeri still lives in the home she and Ed built and remodeled several times as they raised their family in Byron. They were the longest married couple in the United States in 2015. He is survived by his wife and their three children, Edwin Denney NeVille (Linda) of Byron, Wyoming, Wallace Jennings NeVille (Shirley) of Vallejo, California and Cody Marie Mazuran (Michael) of Holiday, Utah. Ed and Jeri have 18 grandchildren and 48 great grandchildren.

Both Ed and Jeri were born and raised in Byron. Ed was the fourth child born to Leo Jennings NeVille and Carrie Hatch NeVille. Ed had five siblings, brother Leo Jennings NeVille, sisters Sigrid Crandall, Jessie Lewis, Esther Tippets and Eloise Jones. He was the last surviving member of his family.

Ed spent his life working in the oil fields of Wyoming, Colorado, Montana and Utah. He was expert in the field and made many friends as a roughneck, driller and tool pusher for R. L. Manning Drilling Company. He was invited several times to move his family to Casper and work out of the main offices, but declined so he could keep his family in Byron.

Because of his genuine concern for their well-being, his hired hands were loyal and wanted to work on his crews. Ed’s leadership was coupled with friendship and an interesting collection of hobbies, including knapping authentic-looking arrowheads and studying the stars from remote drilling locations and his backyard. Companies tried twice to hire Ed, giving him high paying assignments overseas which he declined again so he could keep his family in Byron. He served for a while as Mayor of Byron and felt it an honor because his father and grandfather were original settlers of the community. Ed had deep feelings for his hometown.

Ed was a member of the LDS Church and served in many callings. He was appreciated in the community and by all who worked with him during his years of employment in the oil fields. Ed was interesting to talk with as he shared his deep interests on many different subjects. Several youth in the community helped and enjoyed his interest in building and launching rockets. He seemed to enjoy and anticipate that things would wear out, break down and need fixing.  His positive attitude and sense of humor were woven through all his stories and teaching opportunities. He will be greatly missed.

Our family would like to extend a very special thanks to all of the healthcare employees of the New Horizons Care Center and the North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell for the special care and friendship extended to Dad for the last three and a half years. He called the center his home and thought of you as family and friends. We are deeply grateful for the care and comfort you have given him. Thank you.

Services for Ed were held in the Byron LDS Chapel on May 4, 2015 with Bishop Bret George officiating. Interment was at the Byron Cemetery.

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Kory Judd
   Posted Thu April 30, 2015
We are so sorry for you loss. Our prayers are with you. The Napa YSA Ward

Kory Judd
   Posted Thu April 30, 2015


Bertha Corbett Mueller
   Posted Sun May 03, 2015
Dear Neville Family, How blessed you have been to have this amazing man in your lives for so many years. I have always looked up to and admired Ed and Geri. My wonderful home town of Byron has benefited from the Neville family for many years. Thank you for being true to Byron and for all your family has contributed. I'm sure it is hard to have him move on but with our knowledge of the plan of salvation, you know his passing is only a step through the veil. Blessings on each of you, especially on dear Geri. With love from Sidney, Nebraska.
Bertha Corbett Mueller

Heidi Richins
   Posted Sun May 03, 2015
Dear Neville Family,
Many of my fodest memories of growing up in Byron involve the Neville family. No matter how many years pasted between visits, Ed and Jeri always greeted me with a smile and a hug. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Heidi Richins

Stan & Karen Muller
   Posted Sun May 03, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Stan and Karen Muller, Napa YSA Ward

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