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Michael Neill


September 6, 2016

June 28, 1946 – Aug. 31, 2016

Michael Anthony Neill, 70, of Sweet Home died Aug. 31, 2016.

He was born June 28, 1946 in San Rafael, Calif. to Marvin and Imogene Esther (Wootos) Neill.

In his early years he lived in Sacramento, Calif., eventually moving to Oregon. He graduated from Lebanon High School.

Mr. Neill worked at Champion Mill in Lebanon and Willamette Industries in Foster for a combined 35 years. He was a member of Riverside Christian Church in Sweet Home.

He enjoyed walking on the beach, crabbing in Waldport, watching WWF wrestling, making jewelry and having picnics, especially at Foster Lake. He loved spending time with family and friends playing cards and other games. He was a very kind and happy person.

Mr. Neill is survived by his wife Yvonne of Sweet Home; son Jason Neill of Metolius; step-children Beth Kerwin of Germany, Tina Block and Bonnie Lashley, both of Albany, Diana Thrall of Reno, Nev., and John Block of Hilo, Hawaii; siblings John Neill of Arkansas, Larry Neill of Lebanon; and several step-siblings; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin Neill and Imogene Hessel; and stepfather Andrew Hessel.

A memorial service was held as part of the worship service Sept. 4 at Riverside Christian Church.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.


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