How did Neal Currey die? Wife Casey announces death of war vet and gun influencer at 42
Currey was the founder of Ready Gunner, one of the best-known full-service gun stores in the country
LINDON, UTAH: Social media firearms influencer and a former Army Ranger, Neal Currey, who served four tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, died on Saturday, September 10, according to a post by his wife on Instagram. However, the cause of the 42-year-old's death has not been revealed.
A heartbreaking Instagram post shared on Monday by his wife Casey Currey which included a photo of her with his daughter, read, "It is with heavy hearts that we announce that our treasured Neal Currey passed away on September 10, 2022. To know Neal was to love him. We have lost a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, and friend. We will never be the same without Neal in our lives. At this time, funeral arrangements are being determined and will be communicated soon. Until then, we welcome your prayers and ask that you use this time to reflect on the memories. We miss him deeply, and know that this loss is deeply felt by many."
The couple, who lived in Lindon, Utah, had one child together, and both raised her other four children from a previous relationship. Currey served in the US Army for 5 years from 2004-2009 and was the owner of a Utah gun range, Ready Gunner. Ready Gunner is where experts or beginners can shop, shoot and learn about firearms safety. According to Daily Mail, Currey joined the Army at the age of 24 after he was spurred by the terror attacks on 9/11.
Only three days ago, he posted a video of himself riding a surfboard in the wake of a power boat on Lake Powell during a family vacation in Southern Utah. He came from a family of adventurers, according to Coffee or Die magazine. Jack, Currey's grandfather, was a white water rafting river guide on the San Juan River, developing the vessels that are still referred to as J boats. His father Stephen was an outdoorsman too, taking river rafting international by being the first to navigate the Upper Yangtze River in China, the Upper Ganges in India, and the Caura River in Venezuela.
In his early days, Currey boasted of setting foot in every continent before he joined the military, according to the coffee lifestyle magazine. It was during one of his tours that he discovered that his father, who was planning a trip to the Arctic, had come down with cancer, according to the profile in Coffee or Die. "From diagnosis to the funeral it was 40 days," Currey told the publication. He vowed to make his father proud.
Casey had her own following, as the 'Miss America' of the gun community, under the social media moniker @BuffCookie, posting bikini photos that show off her figure. She said that she took comfort in all the guns in her house. Casey said that America is suffering from a mental health crisis, not a gun problem. "We don't have a gun problem in our country, we have a mental illness problem. That should be our main focus," she said. "I like the comfort of knowing that if something happens we can protect ourselves," she said. "Fear comes from the unknown. Firearms and firearm safety are very well known in our family." "They know they are not a toy and are to be taken very seriously. Proper firearms handling is so important, and the earlier you teach it the better,' she added.