Neil Alan Stiver, age 68, was born on March 25, 1953, and passed away on November 18, 2021. Neil was born and raised in Muskegon, Michigan and lived in Lowell, Michigan since September 13, 1980, when he married Kathy Jo (Cross) Stiver. Neil met Jesus, his Savior in person this past Thursday following a brief illness at his home. He left behind Kathy, their son, Alan Stiver with his wife Katie (James) Stiver along with their children, Brad, Luke, and Isabelle; their daughter, Amanda (Stiver) Bowman with her husband, Daniel Bowman along with their children, John, Anna, and Aria; Neil’s older brother and wife, Russell and Beth (Johnson) Stiver; and extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents Herman and Juanita (May) Stiver.
Neil and Kathy have been members of First Baptist Church of Lowell for 41 years. However, since churches reopened in the pandemic, they have been attending Smyrna Bible Church. He graduated from Orchard View High School and Muskegon Community College. Neil worked at Our Daily Bread Ministries in Grand Rapids, Michigan for 48 years. He had planned to retire in 1-1/2 years at the age of 70 with 50 years of service at ODB. God had another plan for him!
Neil was very much a history buff with a big interest and knowledge concerning the Civil War. Many family vacations centered around trips to battlefields in other states (along with those states’ major zoos and Sea World when in Ohio!) He was an accomplished photographer, and each trip was well documented. He especially loved taking pictures of all nature’s passing seasons and birds which he showcased on canvasses. Neil and Kathy’s favorite vacation spots were in northern Michigan. That will be missed along with the great loving bond of friendship they shared.
Neil has been cremated and the family will have a memorial service at a later date. Please contact the family if you would like to attend. Memorial contributions may be made to Alpha Family Center of Lowell, 519 E. Main Street, Lowell, 49331.
Going to be missed very much Neil. With all my love to family.
Neil was a kind and gentle person who will be missed. Our prayers for Kathy and his family.
Kathy, so sad to hear of your loss. Our Lord has welcomed Neil home. May the Spirit comfort you and your family.
Joe and I send our prayers to the whole family. Neil will definitely be missed.
Kathy, we were so sorry to hear the news of Neil’s passing. Our prayers will be with you as you try to adjust to this big loss.
We are lifting your whole family up in prayers, during the up coming months. May God wrap His loving arms around you.
Neil was a serious gentleman but was also full of humor when it was needed. He and Kathy were neighbors We were Blessed to attend the same Church for many years. At one time Neil was my Deacon And was my boss RBC.. I knew I could go to him for Spiritual advise. Kathy I am so sorry for your loss. Your family will be upheld in prayer by the Johnsons. God bless you all.
I’m deeply saddened to hear of Neil’s passing. Your family has been in my prayers. May God provide you all with His Strength and Peace that passeth all understanding.