Susan M. McNeal

Born: Wed., Jul. 1, 1959
Died: Mon., Jul. 22, 2019

Celebration of Life

10:00 AM Sat., Jul. 27, 2019
Location: Choteau Baptist Church


11:00 AM Sat., Jul. 27, 2019
Location: Choteau Baptist Church Hall

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Susan M. McNeal of Choteau passed away July 22, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving sisters and her cousin. She was 60 years old.
Susan was born July 1, 1959 in Brookings, South Dakota, one of seven children, to Earl and Mary Linneman.  She graduated from Clark High School in 1977 and attended South Dakota State University, St. Cloud State University and University of Minnesota, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife.
Sue began her career as a Wildlife Biologist managing refuges for National Wildlife Refuges, which included Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge in Minneapolis, MN, Crab Orchard, Illinois and Port Louisa Refuge, IA, before locating to the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Lima, MT.  She moved to East Helena in 1996 and started working for the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and moved to Choteau in 2015.  Sue also attended federal law enforcement training in Glynco, GA and Marana, AZ.
She was awarded the Weed Fighter of the Year for 2008 and 2013 by the Montana Weed Control Association.  She also received an award for Dedication and Service to the Region 6 Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program as well as an award for conservation efforts within the Crown of the Continent.
Sue had a deep love for her dogs, Molly, Prairie and Sara and her horses Rex, Scout, Aspen and Mae.  She enjoyed riding in the mountains, hiking, fishing, hunting with her dogs, cross country skiing, art and music.  She was the Treasurer for the Front Range Art Association, Youth Teacher at Choteau Baptist Church and founding member of the Rocky Mountain Front Weed Roundtable to help control noxious weeds in Montana.
Susan is survived by her mother, Mary Linneman, siblings Judy Hawke, Robert (Robin) Linneman, Cathy Linneman, Amy Mathis, Sandy Bebo (Curtis Jandel) and Matt (Jessica) Linneman as well as 15 nieces and nephews and 13 great nieces and nephews.
Susan is preceded in death by her father Earl Linneman, brother-in-law James Hawke and infant brother John William Linneman.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, July 27th at 10:00 am at the Choteau Baptist Church, 211 2nd St. NW.  A luncheon and fellowship will follow from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the church hall.
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Jean Culey
   Posted Thu July 25, 2019
My deepest sympathies go out to Susan's family and friends. It's hard to believe someone so vibrant and caring could be gone so quickly. Fly high...

Jean Culey

Chris Evans
   Posted Thu July 25, 2019
My deepest sympathies to Sue's family, I had no idea she was unwell. I worked with Sue from 1999 as part of the Partner's for Fish and Wildlife program with the Lewis & Clark Conservation District. She was a joy to work with, always working for the landowners in the area. She was such an amazing collaborator. I was very sad when she retired, and now am just so sad. She will be greatly missed.

Sarah Stansbury
   Posted Thu July 25, 2019

FEATHERY PALM PLANT was sent by Liberty Hospital Radiology Adminstration.

Amy and Family - Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Please know we are thinking about you. We are here to support you. Your work family - Julie, Sarah, Stacey, Ty

Anje, Rob, Zane, and Cody Worrell
   Posted Fri July 26, 2019
We are all heartbroken to hear this news. You were a very special part of our family for a long time, and you will always have a special place in our hearts. We hope you are at peace resting in the heavens. We love will always be our Aunt Sue❤️
Anje, Rob, Zane, and Cody Worrell

Carla Obermeier
   Posted Sun July 28, 2019
To all of Susan's family,
The Linneman family were neighbors of ours in South Dakota and I attended Clark school with them. Susan grew up with a fine and loving family and I am so very sorry for their loss. She was such a young and vibrant gal. Condolences to all who knew and loved her, Carla

Lewis and Clark Conservation District
   Posted Mon July 29, 2019
Sue was a unique person, both personally and professionally. She was a truly kind soul. A joy to be around. Her positive attitude and smile were infectious.

Wildlife issues can be controversial. Sue cared passionately about her work. She worked in a federal agency and brought caring and compassion to that position. Conservation Districts represent private landowners and she truly respected landowners and knew how to work with them. She navigated the bureaucracy with style and grace. If you wanted to teach a young governmental professional on how work with private landowners just have them shadow Sue for a while. She left a positive mark on the Montana landscape.

The world needs people more like her, not only professionally but personally as well. She will truly be missed.

Respectfully – Lewis and Clark Conservation District

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