Neal Leon Watson passed away Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 at his home in Quapaw, Okla. He was 69.


Neal was born Oct. 20, 1946 in Liberal, Kan. to Ross A. and Minnie (Stringer) Watson, Jr. He had lived in Quapaw since 1996 moving from Garnett, Kan.


He was a carpenter and homebuilder for many years. In later years he worked at the Stables Casino in Miami in Off Track betting. Neal served on Quapaw City Council for one year and then served as Mayor of Quapaw for 12 years. Neal was a member of the Miami Indian Tribe.


He married Carolyn Roper on Oct. 24, 1987. She survives of the home. Additional survivors include his children, Kerry Roper of Lawton, Okla., Thomas Hass of Texarkana, Texas, Tava Boggs of Palestine, Texas, and Dorothy Hass of Venice, Calif. Also surviving is his mother, Minnie Watson of Manter, Kan., two sisters, Susan Walker of McPhearson, Kan. and Marla Welch of Lawrence, Kan., five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Neal was preceded in death by his father and his brother Mark Watson.


Private family services are planned.


Arrangements have been placed in the care of Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Miami, Okla.