Neil A. Middendorf


Neil A. Middendorf, 77, of Freeport, passed away unexpectedly May 19, 2024, at his home in Freeport.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 24, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with the Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Entombment will be in the parish cemetery with military honors by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard.   

Visitation will be 9:30-11:30 a.m. May 24 at the church in Freeport.

Neil August Middendorf was born Sept. 8, 1946, in Freeport, Minnesota, to Herman and Helen (Zwilling) Middendorf. He served in the United States Army two years while stationed in Germany. After his service, Neil returned home to farm with his dad and brothers. Growing up, there was always a ballgame to play with his brothers, cousins and neighbors. Neil enjoyed all sports and bowled in a league for a number of years. After he retired, he enjoyed helping his neighbors and brothers with field work. Neil took pride in keeping the home place neat and was a good steward of the land.

Neil was a kind, quiet and generous man who never asked for anything for himself but was always willing to help everyone else.

Survivors include his brothers and sisters, Tom (Rita) Middendorf of Freeport, Richard (Dorothy) Middendorf of Melrose, Henry (and the late Kathy) Middendorf of Melrose, Mark (Kathy) Middendorf of Freeport, Linda (Gary) Pierskalla of Freeport, Lola (Scott) Schlapkohl of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Nita (Francis) O’Connell of Prescott, Wisconsin, Daniel (Rosie) Middendorf of Verndale, and Inez (Neal) Jones of Paynesville; and many nieces and nephews.

Neil was preceded in death by his parents, infant sister Nancy Middendorf; and nephew Karl Middendorf.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Sacred Heart Catholic School in Freeport.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Freeport.