John Neill, 81, of Grand Chain, passed away at 6:35 p.m. on 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 Electric Energy Inc. (EEI) in Joppa in 2000. He loved working on his farm, where he was a grain and livestock farmer.
John was a 50-year Mason and was a member of the Vienna Masonic Lodge 150.
John loved spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed being a grandpa.
He was an avid outdoorsman and 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.
Survivors include his wife, Sue Snell Neill; three daughters, Pam Grimes and husband Glenn of Karnak, Crystal Neill of Springfield and Lea Ann Smith and husband Brad of Hickory, Kentucky; his grandchildren, Jimmy and Johnathan Johnson, Christa Pugh, Hanna Bales, Caleb Parker and Bradley, Kirsten, Emily and Riley Sue Smith; and his great-grandchildren, Dylan, Aiden, Lily and Noah Johnson and Keryington Copeland.
He was preceded in death by his son, John Robert Neill in 1977; his parents, Henry and Twila Compton Neill; four brothers, Billy, Jim, Bobby and Rex Neill; and one sister, Mary Henry.
Masonic rites were conducted Monday evening. Funeral service was held Tuesday at Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak with Rev. David Keyes officiating. Interment followed at West Eden Cemetery near Cypress.
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