In memory of

Dessal W. Neff

Sep 4, 1960
Sep 18, 2016


The funeral for Dessal Wayne Neff III will be held September 29th at the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints On Lone Oak in Salem. Oregon. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Dessal was born September 4, 1960 in Placerville, California to Sherrell and Barbara Neff Poole. His Father married Frances Woodley on May 12, 1968.

Dessal married Toni Marie Ainsworth in 1981. Toni died in an accident in May 1984. Robert Dessal was born to this marriage.

He married Melody Mennis Percy on Jan. 13th, 1990. The were Sealed for Eternity in The Portland Temple of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints on March 7th of 1991. Rachael Lynne and Myra Christine were born to this Marriage.

In his life Dessal served this Nation for four years of active duty in the U. S. Air Force and was trained as a Fuel Systems Mechanic. He also served eight years in the Oregon National Guard.

During his life he worked in Oregon and South Dakota as a truck driver and a lift truck driver in several warehouses and a sawmill.

His largest interest was his family. He also spent time with photography, computers and guns. Dessal gave a lot of time helping others. He was known for his ability to bring smiles with his sense of humor. Young children were especially drawn to him.

Survivors include his wife, Melody, to whom he has been married twenty six years. Dessal’s Father Sherrill of South Dakota and California.

Siblings; Jimmie Brents (Verlyn) South Dakota; Kevin Neff (Peggy) South Dakota; Lauri Brent’s (Henry) California; Kim Brent’s, South Dakota; Tina Barnhart (Troy) South Dakota; Larry Parker, California.

Please consider a donation to Melody and her family as they are raising funds to pay for funeral services for Dessal.  Here is the link to his Gofundme page.


Service Information

Funeral Service
Thursday September 29, 2016 @ 10:00 AM
LDS Stake Center
4550 Lone Oak Rd SE, Salem, OR 97302

Interment with Military Honors
Thursday September 29, 2016 1:30 PM
Willamette National Cemetery
11800 SE Mt Scott Blvd, Portland, OR 97086

Messages of Sympathy

  1. Anonymous says:

    Dearest Melody and Children,
    We are thinking about you. You will be in our prayers. May Heavenly Father bless you at this time.

  2. David Goodwin says:

    I was shocked and saddened to hear about Dessal's passing. He was a good, kind, quiet man. He will be missed at our meetings where he always had something inspiring to say.


  3. Carl and Diane Belnap says:

    I'm sorry to hear about your loss❤️❤️

  4. Micki Greathouse says:

    God Bless all of the family. Prayers for your lost.

  5. Johnson Funeral Home Staff says:

    Our hearts go out to Dessal's family. He was a good man who will be missed. Thank you for the trust placed in Johnson Funeral Home.

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