Raymon (RE) Eugene Neill
May 18, 1933-July 5, 2020
Raymon Eugene (RE) Neill, age 87 of Trenton, MO went to be with the Lord after a lengthy battle at Mosaic Hospital with Cornavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), on Sunday, July 5, 2020. He was alone with only the nurses and doctors to care for him during the COVID-19 pandemic. He was born on May 18, 1933 at home in Modena, MO, the sixth of seven children of Byron Allen and Ona (Hickman) Neill. He went to the Modena School (one room school house) for the first eight years then graduated from Princeton R-5 High School and enlisted in the Army shortly after. He married Clara (Hamilton) Neill on December 16, 1955 and they resided in Cedar Rapids, IA where he worked at Wilson Packing House until 1968 at which time they moved back to the farm where he was born and raised in Modena, MO. He was a diversified farmer until his retirement at which time he moved to Gower, MO and then to Trenton, MO. RE always loved the farm, hunting deer and raccoons, raised Bluetick and Black and Tan Coonhounds. Later in life took up golfing, mowed lawns and gardening and was an avid woodworker making many beautiful pieces for his family and friends. He loved the Lord and was very active in the church whereever he lived and was a Bible study teacher for many years. He was loved by his family as well as many friends that he made over his 87 years on this earth.
RE was preceded in death by his parents Byron Allen and Ona (Hickman) Neill; siblings Hubert Neill; Twilia (Neill) and Maurice Dorland; William and Harriet Neill; Louree (Neill) and Jack Bennett; Cecil Nadine (Neill) and Mike Moore; and sister-in-law Patricia (Patsy) Neill. In-laws Burl and Gladys (Hickman) Hamilton; Cletus Hamilton; Earl and Vera (Hamilton) Clark; Willa Hamilton; Robert and Alba Jean (Hamilton) Boyd; niece Lyndell Eileen (Dorland) and Norman Bade, nephews Dennis Neill and James Boyd and grandson Chris Spease.
RE is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Clara Luella and children Marnita (Neill) (Hickman) and Gary Spease Princeton, MO; Anita (Neill) and Kurt Sontheimer Savannah, MO and Scott and Tammy Neill Meadville, MO. Grandchildren Zachary Hickman Dallas, TX; Mace and Stephanie Hickman Princeton, MO; Jacob and Shelby Hickman Princeton, MO; Garrett and Justine Spease, Kansas City, KS; Chante’ (Sontheimer) and Del Green Independence, MO; Rachelle Sontheimer Thornton, CO; Dakato and Rebecca Neill Meadville, MO and Lillian Neill and finance Matt Snethen Omaha, NE. Great-grandchildren Zane, Maggie and Molley Hickman Princeton, MO; Chloe O'Neill Green Independence, MO; Payton and Raymon (RE) Neill Meadville, MO. Brother Edwin (Butch) and Lila Neill Trenton, MO; sister-in-law Betty Neill Trenton, MO; brother-in-law Dail Hamilton American Canyon, CA and many nieces and nephews, family and friends.
Graveside private family services will be held later this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic at the Salem Cemetary Mill Grove, MO and a plan for a celebration of RE's life next year when it is safe to have large gatherings. In lieu of flowers plant a tree in memory of RE Neill for future woodworkers.
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