Neil Andrew Miskimins, husband and father, died Dec. 28 in Bigfork, Montana. He was surrounded by his family. He was 71 years old.

Mr. Miskimins was born Jan. 26, 1949, in Portland, Oregon, the only child of Dean and Dorothy Miskimins. As a youth, Mr. Miskimins played Little League Baseball in Northeast Portland and was an avid lover of animals, especially his pet dogs. He also excelled at accordion. He attended Central Catholic High School in Portland. He was a key Ram Booster, and earned his degree in psychology from the University of Portland in 1971.

While in college, Mr. Miskimins met Christine Clifford, at the Chancellor Club of Portland. The two were married at St. John Fisher Church in Southwest Portland in July 1970. Falling in love with Christine came with a signing bonus: ten brothers- and sisters-in-law. Mr. Miskimins often said they were like the brothers and sisters he never had.

Mr. Miskimins and Christine were blessed with their first child, Patrick, in 1972, followed by Sean, Caroline, Laurie, Elizabeth, and Brian in the next seven and a half years. Mr. Miskimins was a loving father who thrived on being involved in his children's lives. He was always there, whether it was helping with homework, helping them learn the ins and outs of their favorite sport, running them to their extracurricular activities, and more. He loved to involve his kids in what he was doing. They remember him for his many kind letters and greeting cards, teaching them to always be on the lookout for a deal, and that expiration dates are a merely suggestion. His unwavering faith along with his gentle and kind spirit showed his kids how to live and treat others.

Mr. Miskimins served in the Oregon Air National Guard, and in the 1970s became a salesman in Portland. His territory would eventually expand to include the Columbia River Gorge and later the Oregon Coast. One of the highlights of his career was being able to bring his kids along on his many trips to the Gorge and Coast when they were on school breaks. After serving nearly three decades as a salesman, Mr. Miskimins hung up that hat and became an employee of his second home and beloved parish, St. John Fisher in Portland. No matter what hat Mr. Miskimins wore, his faith was always at the forefront in everything he did. He served the St. John Fisher community both as employee and faithful volunteer from the 1980s until his retirement in 2015. He served as an eucharistic minister and led Saturday morning Communion services for several years. Upon his retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Miskimins relocated to the beautiful Flathead Lake region of Montana in Polson. He quickly became connected and involved at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church there. He was known to all who encountered him as kind and thoughtful. He always remembered birthdays, anniversaries, and details about people’s lives and families.

Mr. Miskimins took fashion cues from no one. He would often pair a sharp vest with a flannel shirt and a ball cap. If the thing had pockets, it would fly with him. His taste in music was lively, and he often gave other listeners a lesson or fun fact about songs. A Chicago Cubs fan since 1981, he was elated when the Cubbies won the World Series in 2016, ending the curse.

Mr. Miskimins was preceded in death by his parents, Dean and Dorothy, his aunt, Bernice Clairmore, brothers-in-laws Raymond Clifford, Charles Clifford Jr., Robert Cahill, and sister-in-law Francesca Clifford. Mr. Miskimins is survived by his wife Christine of Polson, Montana, his six children Patrick, Sean, Caroline Iggulden, Laurie, Elizabeth Ramdass, Brian and their partners, 12 grandchildren, and many loving cousins, in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Miskimins will be laid to rest in Oregon this summer in conjunction with a funeral Mass service at St. John Fisher Church. A small service may be planned in Polson in the next few months.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Miskimins' name can be made to Central Catholic High School, 2401 SE Stark Street, Portland 97214 or St. John Fisher Parish, 4567 SW Nevada St, Portland 97219. Condolences, memories, and questions about memorial services can be emailed to his son, Brian Miskimins at brian@andersonbroadcasting.com.