Neil E. McNeill


Neil E. McNeill, 83, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015.  He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty Weber McNeill; daughter, Jerri (Michael) Hale of Omaha, NE; daughter, Anna (Daniel) Callan of Lawrence, KS; and son Michael McNeill of Overland Park, KS; five grandchildren; Lee (Jennifer) and Thomas Hale of Omaha, NE; Sadie (Michael) Stanclift, Shawnee, KS; Matt and Sam Callan of Lawrence, KS and three great-grandchildren: Pearson and Callan Stanclift of Shawnee, KS; and Roslynn Hale of Omaha, NE. 

Neil graduated from Topeka High School in 1949 and the University of Kansas in 1952 where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.  He received a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburg and a Doctorate of Business Administration from Harvard University.  He was also a Certified Management Accountant. 

Neil served in the United States Navy Supply Corps from 1952 to 1974 and retired at the rank of Captain.  He then went on to become a professor in the School of Business at Avila College and UMKC. Neil retired in 1992 to pursue his love of radio control airplanes. He was a member of local radio control clubs as well as a member of the American Modelers Association. 

A private graveside internment service will be held in Lawrence, KS.  The family requests no flowers.

Memorials can be sent to:

Shawnee Mission Radio Control Club, PO Box 9512, Shawnee Mission, KS 66201


  1. Bob in Overland Park, Kansas on August 31, 2015 at 10:10 am

    I am grateful for the life of Mr. McNeill. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

  2. Mac Strader on August 29, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Neil will be missed as he was during this long illness. I feel like a relative has left us.

    He made a big mark with all his work in the model airplane field. He had a good nose for justice and when things where wrong.

    I will miss my chats with Neil and hope that Betty and Mike will be able to adjust to life with out Mr.Neil
    I will see you later on in life my friend.

  3. Chris Kleidosty on August 28, 2015 at 10:24 am

    On behalf of myself and the Prairie View organization, we send our deepest sympathies to Mike and his family. May God bless your family during this trying time.

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