(Feb. 13, 2006)
Word has been received here of the Feb. 13 death in Nevada, Mo., of a former Park County dairyman, Thayne William McNeil.
He was born Oct. 11, 1918, in Pleasanton, Kans., the only child of Ferne Madge Griffith and Elmer Lloyd McNeil. He attended school in Pleasanton and graduated from high school in Mound City, Kans. in 1938.
After graduation, he moved with his parents to Cody where he worked on the family farm and raised cattle and had a dairy. He married Lea Lillian Wright at her parents’ home in Cody on Dec. 31, 1947.
In 1966, Thayne and his family and parents moved to Bronaugh, Mo., where they continued to have a farm and a dairy. He always loved to farm and work with the livestock and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a 50-year member of the Odd Fellows Lodge in Cody.
Survivors include his wife, Lea; his sons, William L. McNeil and Cary E. McNeil of Bronaugh; a daughter, Thaylee McNeil of Nevada; four grandchildren and three great-granddaughters.
Funeral services were Feb. 17 at Evergreen Memorial Chapel.