Niel Anderson Hancock
Niel Anderson Hancock Jan. 8, 1941 - May 7, 2011 A very special human being was born January 8, 1941 in Clovis, New Mexico, and left this life as we know it May 7, 2011. He was on his yearly spring motorcycle trip with his beloved BMW, Sophia DeVille, and while on his way home he died suddenly of a thoracic aortic aneurysm. He spent 70 years on this planet of ours, but somehow experienced 270 years of living. His storytelling, his compassion and kindness are legendary; his friends span the US, the Virgin Islands, and beyond. His intelligence and his imagination were astounding. Niel enjoyed people and found everyone had a story to tell. He was always available when someone needed to talk and has helped countless people along his way. Niel loved animals, he loved to laugh, he loved to drink coffee and chat with friends. Niel also was a deeply private man and cherished his solitude. I have personally known and been blessed to be married to Niel close to 27 years and he is still the kindest and most interesting human being I have ever had the privilege to know. He spent all of this life on his Quest to the Sacred Mountain, although the Path was circuitous and fraught with many detours, pits and valleys, rivers, and other distractions. But, always he was drawn back along his Spiritual Path. Niel was an accomplished writer with 13 books in print. They are "historical mythologies" and reflect his spiritual attitudes. He served honorably in the military as an Army MP during the Vietnam Era (1966-1968). He spent his time in Vietnam stationed in Saigon during the first weeks of the TET offensive. His experience in the military had a profound influence on Niel for the remainder of his life. Niel is survived by his wife, C.E. Ursin, A.K.A Toasty, who adored him, his "step" son and daughter-in-law, Tad and Shari Ochs and our two dear grandchildren, Kyle and Malia; his sister-in-law, Marya Ursin and her husband Dan Potter and her daughter Ana Tiwathia. He is also survived by his family in Farwell, Texas, where he was raised by his beloved grandparents; his uncle, Bob Anderson and his wife Caroline and their son, Will and Will's wife Ginger; Marilyn Edwards and her daughter Teri and son-in-law Tom Nichols and their four grown sons, Logan, Jordan, Taylor, Tate. Also, last but not least, he is sorely missed by his two Bengal cats, Kato and Niko and our last ferret, Marchello, all who loved him clearly, and the feral cats, whom we care for at night, miss his kind voice and quiet stories and gentle hand; and one large raccoon. The funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31st at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery (1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, TX). Following the service friends and family are invited to a gathering in remembrance of Niel at the Club Giraud in San Antonio from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the German Shepherd Rescue of Central Texas, P.O. Box 1578 Dripping Springs, TX 78620. And Otter saw his Old Friend upon a Lily Pad on the Beautiful Medicine Lake. It was Jumping Mouse with his Ferrari. "You have a New Name," called Jumping Mouse. "You are Eagle!"
Published by Austin American-Statesman on May 24, 2011.
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The first time I met Neil was about 2000-2001. I remember it because I had just parked my 1968 CB 450 Black Bomber outside of Casa De Luz and it was pouring down buckets. As I am about to run to shelter this tall lankey fellow runs out to check out my Black Bomber, we sat out in the rain and talked about a good ten minutes or so. It turned out he knew and loved my brother Marcello. He served in the Army and I am in the Army, we both had a passion for motorcycles and life. We became fast friends. If I'd had known about his service at FT Sam I would have been there. God Speed Neil you were one of the great ones.

Vincenzo G. Murphy
Vincenzo Murphy
June 22, 2011
My name is Noah, I had never met Niel in person, but I found his e-mail address over Amazon.Com in regards to his books over 11 years ago in July of 1999. I was and still am a fan of his writing, and I myself am an aspiring author, and his books really helped get me into fantasy and storytelling among so many other things. I found out earlier this evening on Facebook that he had passed away in Deming, New Mexico. You may remember that I invited you and him to my wedding, and back in March he e-mailed me checking in on us, and like so many times before I did not get around to responding to him until this evening. While doing that, I was curious if he had a Facebook.Com profile, and while searching there I found out that he had passed away on May 7, and then I searched for him over the Interenet and found the obituary that lead me to this page. Again, I am deeply saddened. Please do keep in touch (my e-mail address is [email protected]). While I doubt I can make the funeral tomorrow (I live in Maryland), Niel was a terrific friend to me, so much so that even though I never met him or you, I wanted to invite him to my wedding. My wife and I have been praying for you this evening and we will continue to do so. Thank you and let me know if there is anything I can do. God bless you!
Noah Wood
May 30, 2011
Aloha/Namaste Niel, my days spent with you in VA Beach are beautiful memories that will always linger. When I heard of your departure to the next adventure, I immediately went to my meditation room and sat. I saw you with our beloved Flobird, your smile said it all, you had let go with complete abandon and with Flobird set out to prepare the way for the rest of us, see you on the other side, sending loving kindness.
Tom Catton
May 30, 2011
Dearest Toasty.
Words really don't suffice.. I will see you soon... and you are in my heart.. as is Niel.
I have no doubt Niel and David have soaked up the frames of 'One Eyed Jacks' at least a few times already.
I will always keep fresh horses and have done so since I crossed paths with my dear friend back in '78. I am profoundly grateful to know him, his spirit and soul which you so eloquently described with the music of your words. Aaron and I love you and our compadre - always
Anne Curry
May 29, 2011
Bon voyage to a beautiful, much loved unique soul. Someday we'll unhitch ourselves from the bumper and jump in the front seat of that Cadillac, and ride off into who-knows-where... We love you Niel.
Rick Wright
May 26, 2011
Niel Hancock was a warm, intelligent and generous man whose sensitivity and compassion embraced many. While he could seem larger than life he was gentle and humble, wise, entertaining and quietly sophisticated. Widely traveled , he sometimes spoke of his many adventures invoking his hero Ernest Hemingway or describing tales of life on the Mexican border and other exotic locales. He wove a fascinating vision. He always held out a hand for those who needed a lift. He leaves a legacy that continues to expand beyond his time among us. He loved his wife Toasty and his motorcycle. He cherished his history speaking often of his family in west Texas; especially his grandfather. By his example of the way he lived his life others have the courage to carry on. He is missed and remembered by many.
carol austin
May 24, 2011
It has been a long time since we last met, but we were talking about you and Niel just last week. Our sad hearts are with you, but our memories of Niel will make the sadness turn to sunshine.
Bob and Gram Jones
Houston, Texas
May 24, 2011
What a wonderful person, will miss his smile, my heart is sad, my thought and prayers to his family
Wanda Smith
May 24, 2011
My dear friend Toasty, Tad,and Shari,
I, along with so many others love and miss Niel so deeply that words just don't seem to express the loss I feel with Niel leaving this life and starting his new journey. Toasty, you are in my thoughts and prayers all day and night long hoping in some way they reach you to help you get through this time of loss. I love the words you used to describe your relationship with Niel and his wonderful life that he shared with those of us that were so blessed to be counted as one of his friends. You are an amazing person yourself which is why I feel the Spirit world put you and Niel together for the journey of life on this Planet. Thank you for sharing Niel with us for the past 27 years! I will post this on my Facebook Wall as well as at Westlake. If there is anything I can be of service for, please feel free to contact me.
Tons of Love to you and "Eagle"
Tim Shockley
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Tim Shockley
May 24, 2011
I'm sending a big hug to you right now Toastie- I'll never, ever forget Niel.
Russell Duke
May 24, 2011
Niel you are one of kindest souls I have ever met. I know you are looking out for Toasty from the other side. You are and will be missed I am sure by everyone who had the good fortune to meet you. I wish I could have had more time to know you. Blessings, Beverly Gainer
Beverly Gainer
May 24, 2011
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