Master Sgt. Donald E. Neil Ret.(1921 - 2014)

Ret. Master Sgt. Donald E. Neil

AGE: 93 • Wilmington

Donald E. Neil passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at the age of 93.

Don was born on February 4, 1921 in Uniontown, PA and spent his childhood years there. Don was based in Washington, DC before moving to New Castle, DE where he raised his family and spent his remaining years.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Minnie (Podiva) and Joseph Neil; his wife, Gwendoline Fisher Neil; and a son, Bruce. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Edward Neil; and a sister, Evelyn Baird.

Don graduated from Uniontown High School in 1939 and enlisted in The Army Air Corp on September 29 of that same year at the young age of 18. Don also graduated from the Casey Jones School of Aeronautics in Newark, NJ and the NCO Academy in Westover, MA. He served his country in the US Air Force in WWII and the Korean War, spending much time in the South Pacific. Don was a Captain in the Army Reserves.

Don retired in 1960 after 20 ½ years as a Master Sgt. at Dover Air Force Base and then went on to work in civil service for 20 more years at Dover Air Force Base. Don was past commander and very actively involved in the American Legion Stahl Post # 30 in New Castle for over 60 years. He was National Vice Commander from 1986-87. Don was a member of the Masonic Lodge Naval #4, Washington, DC and is a 32nd Degree member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. Don was a lifetime member of the Top World Masonic Club at Thule, Greenland. He was also a member of Post 3420 VFW.

Don was very active and enjoyed entertaining and traveling. He was well known for his "famous whiskey sours" which were enjoyed by many especially during the holiday season. Don was often surrounded by his family and truly enjoyed the Sunday dinners, holidays and the birthday celebrations where everyone gathered to celebrate.

Don is survived by his daughter, Donna Tusi and her husband, Francis; his granddaughters, Mary Tusi Allin (Roman), Jennifer Tusi Manuel (Michael) and Debbie Tusi Kelley (Darren); 8 adorable great-grandchildren, Courtney, Daria and Antonio Allin, Sophia and Chase Manuel, and Cameron, Emma and Lucas Kelley; his sister, Lois Phillips of Cleveland, Ohio; and a host of nieces and nephews. Don is also survived by his longtime companion, Lillian Hillick.

Family and friends are invited to visit at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek on Sunday, March 2 from 4:00-6:00PM. Funeral services will be held in the Chapel of Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear on Monday, March 3 at 11:00AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Don's name can be made to Delaware Military Academy, 112 Middleboro Road, Wilmington, DE 19804 or St. Elizabeth Elementary School, 1500 Cedar Street, Wilmington, DE 19805.

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Doherty Funeral Homes - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road Wilmington, DE 19808
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Published in The News Journal from Feb. 26 to Mar. 1, 2014