Donald C. McNeill

1951-2015

McNeill, DonaldDonald (Don) Clyde McNeill, of Edmond, Oklahoma, was welcomed into the kingdom of heaven and the Lord’s arms Saturday, March 21st, 2015 at Thornton hospital in San Diego, California, at the age of 63. He was surrounded and held by his family the moment the Lord led him through the shadow and it was beautiful, tender, and gentle.

Born May 8th, 1951, in Thomas, Oklahoma, he was the son of Clyde Bruce and Patricia Kippenberger McNeill. He attended Oklahoma State University, where he pledged Beta Theta Pi, and graduated with a degree in Agricultural Economics in 1973. It was at OSU he met his forever sweetheart, and wife, Cheri.

The Lord gave Don favor in the things he put his hand to, and his family affectionately titled him “the most interesting man in the world”.  He spent the majority of his career in the banking industry and enjoyed hobbies such as; reading, traveling with his wife, golf, horses, and flying. But, more than anything else he enjoyed spending time with his family.  He was always their biggest cheerleader and supporter – no matter the occasion.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Cheri Holder McNeill; along with his three children; Ryan and Kaylon McNeill of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Trevor and Erynn McNeill of Dallas, Texas, and Hunter and Abbey McNeill Denton of Dallas, Texas; seven beloved grandchildren, Cole, Caleb, Sage, Emma, Madeleine, Hannah and Ruth McNeill; two brothers, Mike and Becky McNeill of Edmond, Oklahoma, and Phil and Leslie McNeill of Reston, Virginia; his stepfather William Clayton, and countless cousins, nieces, nephews and relatives. His legacy continues through the lives of each of them.

Memorial services for Don McNeill will be held on Friday, March 27th, 2015, at 10:00 am, at Faith Bible Church, where Don and Cheri attended. Address: 600 N Coltrane Rd, Edmond, OK 73034. A graveside service will follow for family and friends that wish to join at the Mound Valley Cemetery in Thomas, Oklahoma at 2:00 p.m.

To know him was to witness the physical embodiment of optimism, joy, drive, buoyancy, and integrity.  He will be deeply missed and he is and will remain at the center of our dearest memories forever.

In lieu of sending flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Donald Clyde McNeill to support Dr. Kipps’ Blood Cancer Research Fund at the University of California San Diego, Moores Cancer Center. Please make checks payable to the UC San Diego Foundation, noting that the gift is in memory of Donald Clyde McNeill.  Please send gifts to Sandy Liarakos, Executive Director of Development, UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr., #0853, La Jolla, CA 92093-0853.

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  1. Today is a sad day as I continue to reflect on the passing of my friend of the last 50 years, Don McNeill.

    We were acquainted before we entered the 7th grade at Thomas High School in the fall of 1963, but that was the first year that we attended school together as my family had moved to Thomas. We went through junior and senior high school together, as well as Oklahoma State University at Stillwater.

    Although our choices in life separated us geographically, we maintained contact over the years, and it was always a great pleasure to be in touch with Don via telephone, text, or email. Although our experiences sometimes gave us differing points of view, I think we both enjoyed bantering with each other, and the humor that always overlaid our conversations made them that much more enjoyable. During our school years, we both competed with each other and shared activities, and I always benefitted from our interaction. Don sought to excel in almost everything he did, and his life’s record as a husband, father, brother, friend, and businessman stands as a monument to how well he generally succeeded.

    In a text conversation that we had in 2013, he was referring to my father, John D. Foster, when he made this comment, “What a great example of integrity, wisdom, and manhood he has always been.” As I think about Don’s life today, it seems to me that his own words, even though he was referring to someone else, offer an apt description of his own values and the life he lived.

    About the time that he was diagnosed with the illness that he courageously fought during the last years of his life, he told me that he felt that he had been richly blessed and that even if his time was short, that he had enjoyed a good life. I wholeheartedly agree with that assessment and know that I share with many others a profound gratitude for having been privileged to have been a part of that good life that he lived.

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