Edward “Eddie” Vann Neff, also known as Gordo, 61, passed away Aug. 19 in Albuquerque. He was born Oct. 20, 1953, to the late Edward J. and Francine (Irving) Neff in Albuquerque. He was a member of the St. John’s Cathedral Episcopal Church and was a devout Christian. Eddie attended Albuquerque Public Schools, graduating from Manzano High School in 1971. He attended the University of New Mexico, the University of Albuquerque, and Utah State University, studying forestry and range management. He spent the years of his life traveling the mesas, meadows and rivers of New Mexico and Colorado. His heart was most content in the mountains of Creede, Colo., and always with a loyal dog by his side. Eddie will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Sindle Neff and Christopher Sandoval of Pena Blanca; aunts, Shirley Irving Fisher of Cherry Hill, N.J., and Barbara Neff of Albuquerque; as well as many cousins and friends. A funeral service will be held Sept. 10 at 10 a.m., at the St. John’s Cathedral Episcopal Church in Albuquerque, at 318 Silver SW. Interment will be Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. at the Mountainair Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Harris-Hanlon Mortuary.
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