John Neill, 81, of Grand Chain, passed away at 6:35 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
John was born June 22, 1938 in Dade County, Missouri. John and Sue Snell Neill were united in marriage on May 29, 1958.
John retired from EEI (Electric Energy Incorporated)in 2000. He loved working on his farm, he was a grain and livestock farmer. John was a 50-year Mason, he was a member of the Vienna Masonic Lodge #150. John loved spending time with his family, he especially enjoyed being a grandpa. John was an avid outdoorsman, he loved to hunt and fish. Several years ago John gave his daughter Pam a full mount coyote and she still has it today. One of John’s accomplishments was being named Conservation Farmer of the Year.
John is survived by his wife, Sue Snell Neill; three daughters, Pam (Glenn) Grimes of Karnak; Crystal Neill of Springfield, Illinois and Lea Ann Smith (Brad) of Hickory, Kentucky; six grandchildren, Jimmy and Johnathan Johnson, Christa Pugh, Hanna Bales, Caleb Parker, Bradley, Kirsten, Emily and Riley Sue Smith. Five great-grandchildren, Dylan, Aiden, Lily and Noah Johnson and Keryington Copeland.
John was preceded in death by his son, John Robert Neill (1977); parents, Henry and Twila Compton Neill; four brothers, Billy, Jim, Bobby and Rex Neill; sister, Mary Henry.
Funeral services honoring the life of Mr. John Neill will be Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 1pm at Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak. Interment will follow at West Eden Cemetery near Cypress. Rev. David Keyes will officiate.
The family will receive friends Monday evening from 5 till 8 at the funeral home. Masonic rites will be accorded at 7:30. There will also be visitation Tuesday Morning from 9 am until the funeral hour at the funeral home.
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