Neil Brady Hoener
March 13, 1951 – January 2, 2019
Neil Brady Hoener, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully on January 2nd, 2019, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was born in Fort Collins, Colorado on March 13th, 1951, to Lloyd and Juliene.
Neil graduated from Grand Canyon High school in 1969. During that time, he played football, baseball, and ran track and field, for which he was granted a scholarship. After graduating, he spent four years in the United States Army as an MP in Germany where he met Silvia, his first wife. After his service in the military, he attended the University of Northern Arizona where he received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees. After graduation, Neil was selected to become an FBI Agent. During his service, he lived in Indianapolis, Chicago, Denver, and Colorado Springs. While in Colorado Springs, Neil met his wife and the love of his life, Vanessa in 1995, with whom he lived happily until the end of his days.
Family, friends, and his faith were extremely important to Neil. Throughout his life he served his family, his church the Springs Lighthouse, his community, and the United States. All who knew him were enriched by his presence.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his devoted wife, Vanessa, loving children, Chris, Mark, Francine, and Stephen, his brothers, Stan and Kirby, and his grandchildren Ayden, Annette, Andrew, Adrianne, Abigael, and Harper.
A service will take place on January 8th, 2019 at 1pm, at Swan-Law Funeral Directors, 501 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs.
Neil Hoener a man with a heart of gold, nerves of steel and the countenance of an old west lawman. He ran fast, road hard and loved deeply and abidingly. Neil was a man of dedication, he was dedicated to the law, to his family, to his wife and to his friends. There is no one you wanted or needed in your corner if Neil was on the job, whether it was as an FBI agent or as a father or as a husband or for an adventureous time.
Neil could be a man on a mission or a daring good time with a quick smirk and a "check this out" look. He was a great judge of character and a fierce protector of those he loved. His sons Chris and Mark and their beloved Erica and Nikki and his granddaughter Harper as well as Francine and her beloved Mark and his other grandchildren Aiden, Annette, Andrew, Adrienne and Abigail and Steven. And his partner in crime and in deep love Vanessa.
Neil looked like the man made of steel but he was ever so tender hearted when it came to his family and friends. He'd offer a bit of guidance, a ray of hope, a prayer for peace, an invitation to do better and a laugh for good measure. He just knew in his heart of hearts who he would hold close and love them in his own special way. And who wasn't worthy of his attention and could and would let you know in his subtle way if you made the cut to the inner circle.
Neil is a faith filled man who is a kind and loving brother, a faith filled devoted to the ends of the earth husband and had faith in his children that they are good and capable people and held great pride on each of them. He was a powerful FBI agent who was an agent of change for good in the world and he was a friend for life.
We will miss how the man of Steel would melt like butter with one loving look from his beloved spitfire Vanessa and how his eyes sparkled when he'd hear her voice or see her coming. We will miss your wry sense of humor, your wicked smarts, your wisdom of the ages and your heart of gold.
We get to hold you in our hearts with all the memories of how you have touched each of us and you are forever and always woven into the fabric of our being. We hold you in deep honor and deep love the rest of our days. As you make your journey to spirit we ask that you watch over each of us and all of us with your heartfelt devotion. For we are as devoted to you as you are to us.
May the road rise to meet you and the sun be always at your back, always and forever Dearest husband, father, friend and agent of change. Our beloved Neil, Deep Peace of the morning sun to you, Deep Peace to you.
By: Lizanne Tessem
- Neil is survived by his children, Chris, Mark, Francine, and Stephen, his brothers Stan and Kirby, and his grandchildren Ayden, Annette, Andrew, Adrianne, Abigael, and Harper
- Visitation Tuesday, January 8, 2019
- Funeral Service Tuesday, January 8, 2019
- Reception Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Neil Brady Hoener
March 27, 2019
To the family, I am an old friend of Neil's. I worked as an Agent with Neil in Chicago. I sat in front of him and literally adopted him as my Agent trainer after discovering how talented he was as an Agent. He rebuffed me initially...but I forced myself on him. He was an awesome Agent, a wonderful friend and one of the most intelligent and kind-hearted persons that I ever came to know in the Bureau. I was truly heartbroken to discover that he had passed. You do not know how often I thought of Neil throughout the years. I just wished I had made an effort to reach out. I just wish I had made an effort. I think I am in shock right now. Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of this terrific man. I have a poem that I will share with the family. It's from a prosecutor and it relates to a case that Neil and I worked together in Chicago. I literally inherited the case from Neil after he left on his transfer to Chicago, but I want to share it with the family. Again, I hope to be able to send it to the family directly once I find a good address. Again, bless you all.