Nolan Gene McNeill

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Nolan Gene McNeill, age 84, of Cassville, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.

He was born on March 17, 1934, in Bethlehem, Missouri, the son of John B. and Rilda Virginia (King) McNeill. On May 10, 1953, in Rocky Comfort, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Barbara Lee Milligan, who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Nolan McNeill II and his wife Becky of Wheaton, Missouri, Sharen McNeill and her husband Jim Beagle of Purdy, Missouri, Tracy McNeill of Smithfield, North Carolina, Mark McNeill of Elizabethton, Tennessee, Marci LePage and her husband John of Anderson, Missouri, and Brooks McNeill of Exeter, Missouri; two nephews, Gary McNeill and Ed Lee; twelve grandchildren, Chris, Adria, Brandon, Kristin, Devin, Ryan, Miles, Melodi, Trista, Jake, Natalie, and Luke; plus twenty-five great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents, two sisters, Ida Sue Henderson and Virginia Lee McAlister; one brother, Thomas King McNeill; a niece, Sue Ann Doennig; a nephew, John McNeill Lee; and a daughter-in-law, Michelle McNeill.

Nolan received his education in Purdy, Missouri, where he graduated from high school. Following his education, he served his country in the United States Army Reserve. He worked for the Boeing Company through the 1950s in Wichita, Kansas, and Spokane, Washington. Nolan and his family returned to Missouri in 1960, settling in Cassville. For thirteen years, he owned and operated a furniture store on the Cassville Public Square, before establishing himself in full time farming and the political arena. Nolan served two terms, totaling eight years as the Presiding Judge of Barry County, Missouri. He was elected to serve his area and the State of Missouri in the House of Representatives for ten years. For over thirty years, he served as the President of the Board of Directors for OATS Transit. Nolan was a lifelong Democrat. He was a farmer and livestock producer who loved working with his cattle. He loved to quail hunt, worked to help others, and enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a member of the Cassville United Methodist Church since 1960.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cassville United Methodist Church in memory of Nolan.

Services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 26, 2019, at the Cassville United Methodist Church under direction of Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville. Pastor Andy Lambel conducted the services. Burial was at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Butterfield, Missouri.


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