Neill Edward Sutton, a resident of Whitehouse, Texas peacefully passed away at the age of 89 on March 29, 2013. He was born in Gorman, Texas to Edward C. Sutton and Martha Neill, on September 19, 1923.
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He attended John Tarleton College before enlisting in the U.S. Army. A decorated veteran of World War II, he served with the 9th Infantry Division as a combat infantryman and was awarded two Bronze Stars and other commendations for his action in Germany and Europe. While very proud of his service to his country, Neill very seldom spoke of his time in combat and is one of the many unsung heroes of his generation. After discharge from the Army, Neill completed his formal education with a degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin before beginning a 35 year career with the Phillips Petroleum Company and was a very proud Texas Longhorn.
After graduation, he began work at the Borger, Texas Copolymer Plant where he spent 11 years learning the synthetic rubber business. Neill then transferred to Bartlesville, Oklahoma where, except for 2 ½ years in Madrid and Santander, Spain, he performed process design for numerous facilities worldwide using Phillips' technology. He retired in 1985 as Chief Process Engineer for Synthetic Rubber and K-Resin.
He moved to Austin, Texas in 1990 and then to Whitehouse, Texas in 2012 to be near his great grandson whom he loved dearly. Neill was a member of the First Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife Nadine Ferrell Sutton. He is survived by his step-daughter, Jacquelyn Nadine Ripley, and husband Joe Dean Ripley of De Leon, Texas, two grandchildren, James Patrick Ripley of De Leon and Julia Dianne Tiller and husband Steven Tiller of Tyler, Texas; and great grandson Cole Steven Tiller of Tyler, Texas.
Graveside services were held on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville, Texas.
For those desiring, memorial contributions are suggested to Friends of Alec Engineering Annual Fund at the University of Texas.
Please visit Mr. Sutton's memorial at www.cookwaldencapitalparks.com where you can share memories and condolences with his family.
Arrangements by Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home, 14501 N. IH-35, Pflugerville, Texas 78660 (512) 251-4118.
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Apr. 1 to May 1, 2013