THE SENTINEL                                                                                  Wednesday, May 9, 2001

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ELGIN MCNEILL

  BIG SANDY - Elgin Thomas McNeill, 90, died Friday, April 27, 2001 at a Big Sandy medical center of natural causes.

  McNeill was born on the McNeill Ranch in the Bear Paws near Maddox to William and Nan (Gosney) McNeill on Jan. 31, 1911. He spent his entire life on the ranch and was educated at Reidel School.

  As an adult, he continued his education through correspondence courses in electronics and television repair.

  He married Dorothy Cooke on Dec. 29, 1934 and they made their home on their ranch 65 miles from Big Sandy.

  McNeill was a member of the Rohrer United Methodist Church and an active member of the Big Sandy Senior Citizen Center. He held several offices with the senior center.

  His hobbies inclued trapping, fishing, gopher reduction, playing cards, gardening and making picture frames. At 84, he started making stained glass.

  McNeill was a big Big Sandy Pioneer basketball fan and attended all of the home games until the past couple years when his health began to fail.

  McNeill was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Dorothy McNeill, who died in 2000.

  Survivors include his daughters, Dolly Pursley of Big Sandy and Gloria Sterrett of Havre; sons, Dan McNeill of Chinook and Tom McNeill of Portland, Ore; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

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THE JOURNAL NEWS-OPINION                                                           Wednesday, May 2, 2001

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ELGIN MCNEILL

  Elgin Thomas McNeill, 90, a life-long rancher in the Bear Paw Mountains, died peacefully of natural causes on Friday, April 27, 2001 at the Big Sandy Medical Center. His funeral was held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, at the Rohrer Methodist Church in Big Sandy. Benton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

  Hel was born on  January 31, 1911. on the McNeill Ranch, located in the Bear Paws Mountains near Maddox. He was the ninth child born to William and Nan (Gosney) McNeill and spent his entire life on the ranch, recieving his education through the 8th grade at the Reidel School. As an adult he continued his education through correspondence courses in electronics and television repair.

  Elgin married Dorothy Cooke on December 29, 1934, and they celebrated 65 years of anniversaries together before her death in 2000. They raised their four children  on their ranch, located 65 miles from Big Sandy. They followed the activities of their children and their grandchildren. Elgin was a avid sports fan, attending virtually all of the home basketball games until his health began to fail during the past two years.

  He had many hobbies and kept himself very busy with his projects. He enjoyed trapping, fishing, gopher reduction, playing cards especially pinochle, gardening, making picture frames, and then at  the age of 84 he took up a new hobby of making beatiful stained glass items. He always believe you were never too old to learn sone thing new.

  Hel was a member of the Rohrer United Methodist Church in Big Sandy and an active member of the Big Sandy Senior Citizen Center, holding several offices in the organization.

  Survivors include his children and spouces, Dolly and Duke Pursley of Big Sandy and Gloria and Larry Sterrett of Havre,  Dan and Sandy  McNeill of Chinook and Tom and Gina McNeill of Portland, OR; 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; plus numerous nieces and nephews.

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