Floyd McNea, 90, of Bottineau, died Saturday, March 29, in a Bottineau nursing home. His funeral will be held Wednesday, April 2, at 2 p.m., at the United Parish in Bottineau. Visitation will be today, April 1, from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Burial will be in Oak Creek Cemetery in Bottineau.
Floyd William McNea, a son of William and Evaliena (Whitlo) McNea, was born March 23, 1924, at Bottineau. Floyd joined the CCC while in high school and later received his high school diploma. In February 1943 he enlisted in the Army. He served in Northern France, Rhineland and Belgium.
He married Norene Hagan at Willow City on Sept. 28, 1943. Following his honorable discharge in 1946, they returned to the Bottineau area and farmed for several years. They later moved to Wahpeton, where Floyd received an associate of science degree in auto repair. He worked for a time in Mayville. In 1956, they returned to Bottineau and opened Mac’s Body Shop. After he retired, he went to work at Theel’s Inc. He continued to raise cattle until he was in his late 80s. Norene passed away July 8, 2013.
He is survived by: three daughters, Carolle Tennancour, Rhonda (Paul) Milbrath and Debra (Marc) Nelson, all of Bottineau; three sons, Gary (Linda) McNea, of Bottineau, Melvin (Michelle) McNea, of North Platte, Neb., and Jeff McNea, of Bottineau; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; four sisters-in-law, Marlyce (Ray) Cole, of Valley City, Jean McNea, of Billings, Mont., Marilyn McNea, of Longmont, Colo., and Joyce Hicks, of Ellis Ville, Mo.; and many loved nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Ronnald Tennancour; sisters, Lucille, Evelyn and Elaine; brothers, Kenneth, Charles, Milton, Lloyd and Melvin; and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register book at (www.nerofuneralhome.net).