March 7, 1935 – June 25, 2016
Richard A. Neeland of Corfu, an owner of the former Neeland’s Dairy in Alden, died unexpectedly Saturday while visiting relatives in Syracuse. He was 81.
He was born at home on County Line Road in Alden. As a boy he worked in the family dairy business started in Corfu by his grandfather, Myron, in 1924. He was a graduate of Alden High School, studied business and animal husbandry at Alfred State College, and served in the Army Reserve.
He joined his father, Harley, and his uncle Roy when they moved the operation to Alden in 1946. He became co-owner in 1967 when his father retired and continued to work for the business after the Niagara Milk Producers Cooperative bought it in 1980, delivering milk to stores and schools. He retired in the mid-1990s.
The Neeland’s Dairy store at Broadway and Elm Street in Alden, which closed in 1989, was popular for many years with residents of the village and the surrounding area who went there for ice cream and other products. A replica of the building is on display in the Alden Historical Society Museum.
Mr. Neeland was a life member of the Alden Fire Department and a commissioner of the Corfu Fire Department. He was a past president of the Alden Kiwanis Club, a member of Alden Presbyterian Church and a 59-year member of Akron Lodge 527, Free & Accepted Masons.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Nancy H.; two daughters, Holly Walkland and Amy Edwards; two sons, Roy and Richard Jr.; two stepdaughters, Jennifer Grimsley and Constance Grimsley; a stepson, Thomas Grimsley; two sisters, Joyce Hitchcock and Sharon Dixon; a brother, Roger; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Alden Presbyterian Church, 13298 Broadway, Alden.