Loving Husband, Father and Friend….
Michael Neels passed away peacefully November 29, 2017 after a brief illness.
Born in Tilbury Ontario Canada in 1930 his family moved back to their homeland of Belgium when he was four years old.
He left Belgium in 1952 and returned to Canada where he worked for family friends. In 1954 he came to America. He spent time traveling through Alaska on an adventure with friends before moving to Los Angeles, CA. He taught himself the English language so that he would have more opportunity in pursuing a business of his own. His unstoppable drive and work ethic never wavered.
He opened his business Accurate Plastics, a plastic injection molding factory, in Culver City
He met his Scottish wife Eileen of 51 years in Los Angeles in 1965 and they were married 6 months later.
In 1970 he moved his family to Los Alamitos, CA
He developed an industrial park in the early 1970's with one of the buildings becoming his new plastic injection molding facility Decro Plastics. Over the years he designed and manufactured beautiful decorative planters and garden and home décor with his brother Remy; who lived in Belgium. His products were sold in garden centers all over the United States.
During that time he also built a strip mall in Los Alamitos called Center Plaza.
In 1980 the family moved to a property he named Ranch West in the Santa Ynez Valley; named as a tribute to “The American Dream” and for the pioneer spirit. During this time he pursued his passion for thoroughbred horses and became quite successful in the horseracing industry. After selling the ranch in 1998, Michael and Eileen moved down the road to Solvang and also had a place in Henderson, Nevada where they spent time off and on until moving to Santa Barbara in 2016.
Michael is survived by his loving wife, Eileen of 51 years, his daughter Michelle, son David and his family. Also his sister Juliette and nieces, nephews and cousins in Belgium. He was preceded in death by his brother Remy and his parents.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the members of the Serenity House/ Visiting Nurse & Hospice care in Santa Barbara. Their dedication and effort to provide quality care over the last 3 weeks were a heartwarming blessing to the entire family. We thank God for the gift of his life and the blessing of the time we spent with him.