Richard Neel, devoted husband, father and the pillar of his family, 71, passed away following a lengthy illness at Seton Medical Center on Sunday, March 31, 2019.
Neel was born to Willie and Tom Neel in Austin. His daughter Lee Ann was born in 1973 with his first wife. He married Nina Adela Cavazos and together they lived in Kyle. Neel was a jack of all trades and had an ability to fix almost anything. He became a truck driver, starting as a cattle truck driver, then moved over to quarry trucks from which he retired. He loved to tease and had a quick wit that left everyone waiting for a response which couldn’t be had because it was followed by an immediate smile and laugh. He loved to barbeque, gamble and just kid around.
Neel was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Lucilla Foradory, Joyce Gattis, Pasty Ellis, half-sister Margie Neel, half-brothers Tommy Neel, Jack Lingo, Jim Lingo, Bill Lingo and Dewey Lingo.
Neel is survived by his wife of 35 years, Adela Neel, his daughter Lee Ann Grohman and her husband John Grohman, as well as his brother Buddy Neel. He will also be missed by his many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Neel’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10 Harrell Funeral Home in Kyle.