Neil Joseph Sebastian, 70, Boulder, Colo., passed away May 3, 2017, at his home. Cremation has taken place and no visitation will be held. A memorial service and burial with military honors, provided by an AMVETS Chaplin and AMVETS Post No. 9, will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 23, at the North Dakota Veteran Cemetery, south of Mandan. Lunch and fellowship will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Church multi-purpose room, 806 E. Broadway Ave., Bismarck.
Neil J. Sebastian was born to Joseph and Eugenia (Deibert) Sebastian on May 9, 1946. Neil grew up on their farm, south of Beulah, known as “Crescent Hill.” Neil attended the one-room country school house located a mile from the farm (his mother and sister had also attended that school) through the eighth grade and then graduated from Beulah High School. Neil was active on the farm, especially with a horse named, “Flash”, which really liked to come roaring into the farm yard and Neil would jump off and fight the mean cowboys that were there. 4-H was a special time where Shorthorn cattle on the farm became important and were judged each year for awards. Neil entered the Air Force in September 1964. Sergeant Neil J. Sebastian distinguished himself by meritorious service as Food Service Central Accounting Clerk from Jan. 2, 1967 to Nov. 30, 1967, at Cam Ranh Bay, Republic of Vietnam. During this period, Sergeant Sebastian’s outstanding professional skill and initiative aided immeasurable in identifying and solving numerous problems encountered in the accomplishment of his duties. The energetic application of his knowledge has played a significant role in contributing to the success of the United States Air Force mission in Southwest Asia. The distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Sebastian reflect credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
When Neil finished in the Air Force, he moved to Rapid City, S.D., and finished college. Neil enjoyed riding bulls and driving race cars when he was not selling insurance and being with people.
Neil is survived by his daughter, Eugenia “Genia” Boesflug; a grandson and granddaughter; his sister, Patty (Ernie) Vollan, Bismarck; a niece, Cindee (Frank) Nickel, Grand Island, Neb.; grandnieces, Heather (Kelly) Burgess, Nebraska, Christa Nickel, Utah; his great-grandnephews, Corbin and Conner Burgess, Nebraska; his ex-wife and caregiver, Cheryl Ritter, Boulder, Colo.; his step-children, Tammy (Marty) Wickham and Chad Ritter; his step-grandchildren, Jessica Ritter and Kalton Wickham; his step-great-granddaughter, Imagin Ritter, all of Colorado; and also many special friends.
Neil was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Eugenia; and his brother, Joseph Jr.