TOPEKA — Everett “Pete” Neill, 81, Burlingame, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka.
He was born July 14, 1940, in Quenemo, the son of Marvin and Dorothy (Sterrett) Neill. He grew up in Quenemo and Olivet. He later moved to Maple Hill, where he lived for several years before moving to the Burlingame community in 1996.
From 1960 to 1968, Pete served in the United States Air Force in Missile Maintenance, and was discharged as an Airman First Class. He was involved in the construction of the dam at John Redmond Reservoir. He also farmed and ranched most of his life. He later worked at a rock quarry as an equipment operator. He was a member of the American Legion, and attended the Overbrook Bible Church.
Pete enjoyed many things in life, including building things in his wood shop, gardening and fishing, but spending time with his family was his passion. He could fix about anything and would do anything for anybody. For the last several years, Pete and his brother, John, completed a lot of small construction projects. They self-titled themselves “Neill Brothers Handyman Jobs.”
He married Pearl Brown, and they later divorced. In1996, he married Sandy Lewis in Quenemo. They recently celebrated 25 years of marriage.
Pete was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Dorothy Neill; two brothers, Gary Neill and Pat Neill; and an infant son, James Neill.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy, of the home; three daughters, Patty Lloyd, Quenemo, Michelle Neill, Alma, and Crystal Maike, Alma; a son, Dax Lewis, Burlingame; five brothers, John Neill, Charles Neill, Craig Neill, Robert Neill and Mike Neill; five sisters, Kay McCurdy, Jean Hunt, Mary Brown, Marilyn Allen and DeeDee Honodel; and many grandkids and great-grandkids, and whether step or blood relative, he loved them all.
Pete was cremated. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at Oak Hill Cemetery, Quenemo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Burlingame Fire Department, Midland Hospice House of Topeka, or Burlingame Friends of the Library, and sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451.
Condolences may be left at FeltnerFuneralHome.com.