Van  Neason
SFC (Ret) Van L. Neason Sr, 73, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10 2019 at his home in Corsicana. He was born Feb. 4, 1946 in Ennis to the parentage of Virgil and Pearl Neason (Jackson) of Ennis.
He was raised in Ennis and attended Carver High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1964 and received training as a construction engineer. The next 21 years were spent traveling the world with stateside assignments at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Fort Belvoir, Virginia and overseas assignments to Korea, Vietnam, and especially Germany, where he had several assignments and spent 12 years (and met his wife.)
He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. In his military career, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three service stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, among numerous other military decorations.
He retired as a Sgt. First Class from the U.S. Army in 1985 after 21 years of service and used his experience as a Construction Engineer Supervisor to start Nirvana Construction, a successful construction business based in Corsicana. He was especially proud of his work with the Texas Department of Housing, Texas Veterans Land Board and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in building quality affordable housing for low income families, rural families and veterans. His work was recognized with several awards such as the USDA Rural Development Builder of the Year.
Van was known for his optimistic outlook on life, his sense of humor, and especially his honesty and integrity. He was well liked in the community because he truly cared and treated everyone with respect. Relationships and people were valued more than money. Van was a people person who always had a big smile on his face and easily sparked up conversations (even in Vietnamese, Korean, or German; all of which he spoke almost fluently.) He loved to hunt and fish and continued to do so even after his vision was lost. He took great pride in his marksmanship and was known for his expert shot, as evidenced by numerous awards and accolades for his abilities.
Van was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Pearl Neason, and his brother Andrew Neason.
Van is survived by his wife of 46 years, Gaby Neason as well as five children: Patrick Neason and his wife Melissa Neason; Vicky Neason; and Van L. Neason, Jr. all of Corsicana; Regina Neason of Red Oak and Nancy Neason of Richmond, Virginia; siblings Neddra King, Earnest Neason, Ollie Neason, Willie Hill, Marie Neason, and Lynn Neason.
Van is also survived by his many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, god children and extended family. He absolutely cherished his family and had pictures of them all on his office wall that he would proudly show to every visitor.
A celebration of life service will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Star Hall, 4345 West State Hwy 31 in Corsicana.
In accordance with Van's wishes, his ashes will be spread in a small private ceremony on the RichlandÔÇÉChambers lakefront property he treasured so dearly.
Published on February 15, 2019

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