2017-05-18 / Obituaries

Melvin L. Neil

Fannettsburg, 86

Melvin Leroy Musser Neil, “Cookie,” 86, Fannettsburg, Pa., died Thursday, May 4, 2017, at his home in Fannettsburg.

He was born August 31, 1930, in Mountain Green, Pa., the son of the late John and the late Mary Blanche(Musser) Neil.

He was employed by Glenn Rosenberry on a small sawmill, Rosenberry Bros. Lumber Co., working in the mountain and then Gary T. Rosenberry Logging as a skidder operator in the mountain. He retired in 1992 but was always available to run for parts or do whatever was asked at the sawmill. He was a social member of the Metal Township Fire and Ambulance Co.

He enjoyed his earlier years hunting in Pennsylvania and actually got a chance to go to Alabama deer hunting and Canada bear hunting and fishing with his longtime friend, Gary Rosenberry. He looked forward to hunting for mushrooms every year, riding his four-wheeler, socializing at Bock’s Sawshop and at the sawmill and just relaxing on his porch chewing his Skoal wintergreen long cut and drinking a Pepsi.

He is survived by caretakers and longtime friends: Gary (Sandy) Rosenberry, Stacey (Larry) Brady, Troy (Sue) Rosenberry and their families; his children: Connie Taylor (Max Neil), Nancy (Randy) Atherton, Gregory (Georgia) Neil, Daniel (Sherrie) Neil, and William “Billy” Neil; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-greatgrandchildren; a sister, Betty Atherton, and longtime friend and roommate, Fred Hockenberry.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his children: Arlene Neil and Robert Neil; a brother, Burkett Ellsworth Neil, and a sister, Fay Smith.

Memorial donations can be made in his name to Metal Township Fire and Ambulance Co., PO Box 185, Fannettsburg, PA 17221 or Spiri-Trust Luthern Home Care and Hospice, 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17202.

A celebration of life was held at the Metal Township Fire and Ambulance Co, Fannettsburg, Saturday, May 13. Rev. Marlin A. “Butch” Neil officiated. Graveside services were private and at the convenience of the family.

Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, McConnellsburg, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.kelso-corneliusfuneralhome.com.

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