Joseph Anthony McNeil, age 62, died peacefully at the Ohio Hospice on July 21, 2020, in Dayton, Ohio. His family and friends will always remember him as a fun-loving Papaw and a kind and generous friend. Joe was a devoted family man and a loving Father and Grandfather.
Joe is survived by his sister, Marie Anne Patterson, of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; his significant other, Ann Lange, of Dayton; and his children, Katlynn Marie McNeil, of Toledo Area; Maggie (Garrett) Carico, of Defiance, Ohio; Cassandra (Pablo) Trevino, of Defiance; and, Jarrod (Torri) Lange, of Defiance. He is most importantly survived by his much-loved grandkids: Keira, Kassidy, and Easton, Aurielle, Valeny, Matteo, and Athena. He is also survived by numerous relations in Canada and throughout the world.
He was preceded in death by his Parents, Celsus & Irene (Seib) McNeil, of Moose Jaw; his sisters Leora & Kimberly, brothers Parker & James; and his wife, Sharon.
Joe was born on January 2, 1958 in Landstuhl, West Germany, to parents Celsus A McNeil and Irene Seib. He was raised and graduated from school in Greenwood, Nova Scotia. After high school, Joe joined the Canadian Armed Forces, and subsequently the US Army where Captain McNeil served as part of the UN Peacekeeping Forces in the Republic of Cypress.
Following his service in the US Army, Joe held various positions including as a building/bridges engineer with Canadian Pacific Railroad. In his professional career Joe held various positions, including IT Engineer for Toledo Area Headstart, Information Technology Director for Davis College in Toledo Ohio, IT Engineer at Triune University in Indiana, and most recently Field Support CRM in IT Customer Support for the Miami Valley Hospital (Premier Health Partners) in Dayton.
Joe graduated from Davis College with an Associates degree in Computer Information Technology and from Spring Arbor University with a Bachelors degree in Organizational Management and IT.
Joe was a socially active man who was deeply involved in his faith, having assisted in the building of 3 churches and intensified Bible studies. He also enjoyed developing his FlightSim setup, fixing computers for family and friends; field training beagles, and studying historical readings and film on World War II and airplanes in general.
Joe currently serves as Noble Grandmaster for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows - 21 Friendship Lodge in Germantown, Ohio.
A private memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Deacon Mark Homier from St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the US Wounded Warriors Project at support.woundedwarriorproject.org or to Wounded Warriors Canada at woundedwarriors.ca/donate.
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