Neil Messenger


Neil D. Messenger, 76, died Thursday, May 23, 2013, at his home in Garden City.

Neil D. Messenger, 76, died Thursday, May 23, 2013, at his home in Garden City.

He was born Aug. 11, 1936, in Channing, Texas, to Clyde Emery and Helen Grace Danner Messenger. He graduated from high school at Dumas, Texas in 1954.

On Feb. 19, 1955, he married Lanelle D. Creach in Clayton, N.M.

Mr. Messenger farmed for 15 years at Middlewell, Texas before moving to Garden City in 1972 to work for Terry Gigot. In 1979, he and his wife became owners and operators of Heritage Realty Company.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and Middlewell Methodist Church, served as vice president of the Kansas Association of Realtors Executive Committee, Zone 8 in 1998 and was a past president of the Garden City Board of Realtors. He enjoyed spending time with his family, coffee with his friends and going to NASCAR races.

Survivors include his wife, Lanelle D. Messenger, of the home; his children, Rickilene and Joe Emery of Wichita, Deborah and Patrick Mossman of Kerrville, Texas, Daniel Neil and Chris Messenger of Garden City, Tony Lee and Jackie Messenger of Garden City, and Daryl and Marty Dinkel of Garden City; a sister, Beverly Barber of Portland, Texas; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Gary Edward Messenger; two grandsons, Devin Emery and Thomas Messenger; two brothers, Jerry Messenger and Pat Messenger; and three sisters, Marcelete Ledgerwood, Paulie Goetchie and Virginia Frasier.

Funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Garden City.

Burial will be at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City.

Visitation hours are 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. Monday and 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Garnand Funeral Home, Garden City. Condolences may be emailed to

Memorials are suggested to Smokey Hills Public Television, Middlewell United Methodist Church or the First United Methodist Church, all in care of the funeral home, 412 N. Seventh St., Garden City, KS 67846.


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