Neil Woodrow Zundel
January 30, 1924 ~ March 15, 2014
Funeral services: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, Utah
Interment: Brigham City Cemetery
Neil Woodrow Zundel passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family in his Oak Brook, Illinois home on March 15, 2014. He was born January 30, 1924 in Plymouth, Utah to Eberhart and Laura Evans Zundel. Neil was the beloved husband for sixty-seven years to Jeanne Forsgren; loving father to C. Michael Zundel (Jill Hanseen), Mission Viejo, California, Patricia Lee (Kenneth), Fairfax, Virginia and Lisa Anderson (Douglas), Naperville, Illinois; Cherished grandfather of eleven grandchildren and thirty-two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and a granddaughter-in-law.
Neil grew up in Brigham City, Utah, where he excelled in athletics and was “Athlete of the Year” at Box Elder High School. He proudly served in the Marine Corps in World War II and was discharged with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He graduated from Princeton University in 1947 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. While at Princeton, he continued his athletic excellence, captaining the football, basketball and baseball teams.
He married Jeanne Forsgren of Brigham City, Utah on September 21, 1946. They were later sealed for eternity in the Logan, Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Upon graduation from Princeton, Neil joined Reynolds Metals Company, as a sales representative in Los Angeles, California. Reynolds Metals was active in developing new applications for aluminum during the post war years and Neil was to take a significant role in those developments, helping Reynolds grow into a market leader. Over a thirty-six year career with Reynolds he was responsible for several innovative new applications for lightweight aluminum products replacing other materials. These applications included an all-aluminum barges and crew boats for the offshore oil industry, aluminum for automotive parts, including bumpers and body sheet, and all aluminum rail cars for coal unit trains. He eventually rose to the level of Corporate Vice President and was elected to the company Board of Directors. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Aluminum Association, an industry trade group.
In 1984, Neil was appointed President of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), Chicago, Illinois. He and Jeanne moved to Oak Brook, Illinois as Neil began his ten year tenure as president of the Institute. He retired in 1995.
Neil was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had a lifetime of service to others. He was President of the Richmond, Virginia Stake and a Regional Representative of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. His service continued into his later years, serving as a Stake Patriarch of the Naperville, Illinois Stake and a Sealer in the Chicago, Illinois Temple.
He continued to excel in athletics throughout his life, concentrating on golf during his business career. He was a member of Butler National Golf Club and participated in several professional/amateur events throughout his life.
His greatest treasures in life were his wife, his family and his faith.
Funeral services will begin on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, Utah Interment will be at the Brigham City Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Box Elder County Combined Veterans Honor Guard.