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JOEL ALAN McNEIL, 30, of Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at his home. Born Sept. 17, 1983, in Los Angeles, Calif., he was the son of David McNeil (who preceded Joel in death seven years ago) and Wendy Shackley of Sun City, Ariz. Joel was a man of character and a good son, husband, father, and brother. Joel was a retired veteran who served 5 1/2 years in the Army. He served a 1 1/2 year tour in Iraqi Freedom and a one year tour in Afghanistan. Joel received many honors and medals for his service and lived up to the Army slogan, "Army of One." He was held in high esteem by his fellow military brothers and sisters. He touched so many lives in the short 30 years he was alive. "He will always be on our minds and forever in our hearts." Also surviving are his stepfather, Dennis Shackley; wife, Kayla McNeil; three beautiful children, David (12), Kitty Marie (9) and Kaleb (5 1/2 months); sister, Michelle McNeil - Trosclair; a niece, Madison Rose; a nephew, Michael; several aunts, uncles and cousins, and many many friends. Joel's Celebration of Life Service is from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Unity of Fort Wayne Spiritual Center, 3232 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne (IN 46805), with visitation with family from l to 2 p.m.; Celebration of Life service by Father Michel Holland from 2 to 3 p.m.; Military service provided by American Legion Post 241 of Waynedale from 3:30 to 4 p.m.; and refreshments for family and friends from 4 to 5 p.m. In Lieu of flowers - A Joel McNeil Memorial Fund has been created by the family to serve other soldiers and their families who are suffering from PTSD. Mail donations to Steve Shmatko, Edward Jones, 9827 W. Grand Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351. Make checks payable to Renaissance Charitable Foundation. Note: Joel McNeil Memorial Fund (on the memo line of the check).
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on June 22, 2014