1917-2012

Donald Neil, 94 of Carroll, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at the Carroll Health Center Nursing Home.

Funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at St. Lawrence Church in Carroll.

Celebrant will be Father Timothy Schott.  

Music will be by Marcy Anderson and the St. Lawrence Choir.  

Song leader for the Mass will be Shari Schulte.  

Lector will be Jack Thein.

Gift bearers will be Don’s grandchildren Sarah Dryden, Jennifer Franks and Sean Hissong.  

Eucharistic ministers will be Jean Knobbe, Jack Thein and Lorraine Danner.  

Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Templeton with military honors conducted by the Carroll American Legion.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to Mass on Wednesday at St. Lawrence Church.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sharp Funeral Home, in Carroll and online condolences may be left for Don’s family at http://www.sharpfuneral.com.

Born Aug. 9, 1917, at St. Cloud, Minn., Donald Roy Neil was a son of Earl and Laura (Barnhart) Neil.  

He attended grade school and high school in St. Cloud and later attended the University of Minnesota, where he received a degree in fire science.  

Don served in the U.S. Navy for eight years during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1945.  He married Marcella Lang on Nov. 28, 1950, at San Diego.  Don and Marcella made their home in San Diego, and Don was employed by the San Diego Fire Department where he was a captain.  In 1970 Don retired, and they moved to Carroll.  Don and Marcella lived in Spencer for a brief time before returning to Carroll.  

In retirement, he enjoyed fishing, golfing, traveling and camping. Don was an honorary member of the Templeton Fire Department, member of Carroll American Legion, Maurice Dunn Post 7 and St. Lawrence Parish in Carroll.

Survivors include his children: Barbara Jones and her husband Jerry of Ojai, Calif., Thomas Neil and his wife Julie of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Jackie Dryden of Florence, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; as well as other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Marcella in April of 2005; two sisters: Dorothy Minneci and Elayne Trebil; and three brothers: William, Ray, and John Neil.