Steve was born and raised on a dairy farm in Central
Wisconsin. He was the oldest of 18 children, and learned
the value of hard work at a young age. He enlisted in the Air
Force directly out of high school. Following that he attended
the University of Wisconsin River Falls. After a barn fire,
Steve returned to help with the dairy family farm which cut
his college short.
At the age of 21, Steve decided to enter the Financial
Services Industry, and his life time career began. He formed
McNeely Financial Services, Inc., marketing insurance and securities.
He attained the designations of CLU (Certified
Life Underwriter), ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant),
and his Series 7 securities license. His primary focus was
working with individuals and businesses to help people save
for retirement, and to help businesses grow and develop a
succession plan. He started a separate corporation with
other business owners to promote growth in his home town.
Steve acquired his Real Estate Broker License, and is an instrument rated Pilot.
In 1981, Steve purchased his first property in Green Valley,
AZ. The more time Steve spent in Arizona, the more he
realized he wanted to make Arizona his permanent home.
Steve’s daughter, Juli, joined him in the business in 1996
which allowed him to have a bit more freedom. In 1998,
Steve, and his wife Dixie, built a home with attached office
in Green Valley. This new home included a large shop
which Steve used to restore antique automobiles.
In June of 2013, Steve was sitting in the Green Valley American Legion next to a man named Neil Lundenger. Neil told Steve that he was selling his house in Tombstone. Steve and Dixie looked at the house on 16 N 4th St., and a month later they purchased it.
They had always loved Tombstone, and were spending as much time as possible there. Now, they did not have to worry about having a place to stay on busy weekends. Every week they drove back and forth between Green Valley and Tombstone. It was a lot of driving and they soon realized that they liked Tombstone more than Green Valley. Also, their kids had been after them to downsize. Steve was not able to do restorations anymore because of his knee replacements, two total replacements on one knee.
They put their home in Green Valley up for sale. Some of their friends thought they were crazy for moving to Tombstone. Now their friends wish they could make the move too.
Steve and Dixie love everything about Tombstone. The people are great, and they have great friends. It was a good move.
He still owns and drives a 101 year old 1919 Nash, a 5-
passenger touring car. Steve has entered the car and others
in many parades in Tombstone. He has always loved history
and he spent many weekends visiting Tombstone, enjoying
the rich western heritage. Realizing an increasing interest in
all that Tombstone has to offer, Steve and Dixie purchased a
home here in 2013. To this day they continue to enjoy the
small community and the western atmosphere.
Steve has been married to Dixie for over 34 years, and has
two daughters, a step son, and 6 grandchildren.
Steve McNeely is doing his homework and listening to the people of Tombstone to understand where acton needs to be taken. It's important to Steve to keep the strong Tombstone history known all around the world in tact.