In Memory of

Neil Eugene Cullen

April 29, 1970 - July 7, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
Neil Eugene Cullen

Neil Eugene Cullen

Born: April 29, 1970
Died: July 7, 2021
Age: 51

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Neil E. Cullen was born April 29, 1970. His parents, Eugene and Mary (Milton) Cullen, along with his big sister, Shawneen, welcomed him to their home in rural Spencer.


Around 1972, the family moved to rural O’Brien County and Neil attended school in Primghar, Iowa where he graduated in 1988. Neil continued his secondary education in Sioux City, Iowa at Morningside College. He graduated with a degree in Mass Communications in 1992. Neil’s move to Sioux City to begin college is where he met some of his ‘forever friends’, one of them on his first day at Morningside.


The career Neil chose, after graduating from Morningside, provided him with many opportunities and experiences. He worked at KTIV and KMEG television stations in Sioux City for several years. He then joined a touring group, that performed at venues across the United States, where he carried out production, video and rigging responsibilities.


Close friends and family will remember Neil as a loyal person who always “had your back”, a quick joke and a laugh. Neil passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 7, 2021.


Neil is survived by his mother, Mary Cullen of Primghar, his sister, Shawneen (Hamish) Mitchell of Azusa, CA, his uncle James L. and aunt Mike Cullen (Spencer), aunt Ardella Hein (Fort Dodge, IA) aunts Jody Milton (Bloomington, MN) and Janet Milton (Chicago, IL) and several cousins and friends.


Neil was proceeded in death by his father, Eugene Cullen, his grandmother and grandfather, Bernadine and Forrest Cushman and his grandfather, James W. Cullen.


Burial will be in the family plot, North Lawn Cemetery, Spencer, IA at a later date.

Private Family Graveside Services will be held at a later date.
North Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 8:04 AM
- Siací
Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 7:40 AM
“Sorry to hear of Neil's passing. To the family you have my deepest sympathy. We went through gradeschool and high-school together and was a classmate of mine (class of 1988). I have fond memories of him of always having a smile on his face and making others laugh. Sending prayers to the family.”
- Becky Smidt Jackson
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 8:17 AM
“My deepest sympathy to Neil’s family. Neil was a very special first grader that I had the privilege to teach. I am remembering you in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Shirley Fernstrum
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 7:54 AM
“Sorry to hear of Neil's passing. I was a classmate (Class of 1988). Prayers to the family.”
- Darlene Bruns Carlson
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 7:54 AM
“I was so sorry to hear of Neil’s passing. He was such a great person. Always willing to help and so easy to talk to. I am so glad I got to meet him years ago. He will be missed. ”
- Christen Howrey
Monday, July 12, 2021 at 11:35 AM
“Neil was a terrific friend, and helped me out with so many projects over the years. We had many good times together as well. Concerts, camping, backyard fires, pool parties, the list is endless. I'll always cherish my memories of all our times together. Rest in peace Neil!”
- Brent Ruch
Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 2:41 PM
“So sorry to hear about Neil I have known him my whole life and he treated me as if I was his nephew. He will be deeply missed.”
- Dan Loofe
Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 8:17 AM
“My deepest sympathies to Neil’s family. I have fond memories of growing up with Neil (Class of 1988) and am sorry to hear of his passing. Thinking of you!”
- Donna Rohwer Kohn
Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 11:41 AM
“Very sorry to hear of Neil's passing. We went to grade school thru high school together in Primghar. Class of 88.. Prayers to his family 🙏”
- Amy Logan
Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 7:28 AM
“Deepest sympathy to your family. I met Neil in college and was his neighbor in Sioux City for several years. I will always cherish the many memories made and the fun times we all had. RIP Neil ”
- Mary (Kohn) Kennedy
Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 7:28 AM
“I'm so very to hear. Neil was a great friend.
Best man at my wedding, and always there for me. I hope he's found peace.”
- Gary Willrett
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