July 28, 1937 - Aug 2, 2012 EDMOND Gene Wesley Neill was born July 28, 1937, to Frank and Delma Neill of Sayre, OK. He was the oldest of four children: a sister, Shirley Pope of Tuscan, AZ; and two brothers, Roy Neill and Gerald Neill, both of Lone Grove, OK. In his early years, he attended school at New Liberty in Sweetwater, OK. He married his high school sweetheart, Merel Reed, on November 4, 1955, and they resided in Del City, followed by Oklahoma City, Ardmore, Sulphur, Enid, and Edmond. Gene worked for Associated Milk Producers for many years as Merel worked for Oklahoma Christian University, where their two sons and daughter received their education. Gene and Merel's children: Randy Neill of Andover, KS; Mark Neill of Irving, TX; and Gayla Lindsay of Muskogee, OK; along with their spouses, gave them eight grandchildren: Larson, Whitney, Elyse, Justin, Julie, Morgan, Miranda, Mallory; and one great-grandson, Evan. Gene's hobby and pastimes were playing the guitar, working with farm tractors, and hauling hay. His greatest passion was working for the Lord in the Church of Christ and sharing in the lives of many friends and work associates. His greatest thrill was knowing the mercy of Jesus Christ and hearing of people's response to the same. From age 15, everyone knew of Merel and Gene as a couple. They tried to look at life through the scope of Jesus Christ and his Word, where there is a promise, by faith, of a life unending with total peace. They lived to teach others about this same promise. Gene wrote, "A treasure without price and the purpose God has for his faithful is how I wish to praise God for my life." A formal visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Sunday at Matthews Funeral Home. Services are 11 a.m. Monday, August 6, 2012, at Memorial Road Church of Christ, with burial to follow at 4 p.m. at Lone Oak Cemetery, Sayre, OK.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Aug. 5, 2012