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KEITH MCNEIL


1931 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
KEITH MCNEIL Obituary
KEITH MCNEIL Keith McNeil passed away peacefully June 17, 2014, at his home in Henderson. He was 82. Keith was born Nov. 2, 1931, the youngest of five boys to Glen and Alice McNeil. As a young man, he excelled in sports and distinguished himself as a fine pitcher. His curveball was so devastating that he was asked to pitch for the high school baseball team while he was still in the eighth grade. Keith attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa where he played both basketball and baseball and studied Business Education. His greatest achievement at Buena Vista, however, was meeting and winning the love of his life Shirley, and they were married in 1954. Keith and Shirley recently celebrated with their family their 60th anniversary. After leaving Buena Vista College, Keith coached baseball and basketball and taught business courses while he achieved a Masters Degree in Education from Drake University in Iowa. He also supported his new family by pitching baseball semi-professionally in Iowa earning $100 a game for his efforts. From 1955 - 1957, Keith served his country in the army while stationed at Presidio in San Francisco. Upon returning to Iowa, Keith continued his career in education becoming the principal of three Iowa high schools. While starting his career in education, Keith and Shirley also started a family and added Shara (Brisbon), Kim, Kelly (Bucherie) and Kent to the McNeil household from 1956-1963. In 1968, Keith took the bold step of moving his family to Las Vegas, where he accepted a position as director of a fledgling senior citizens program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Keith took control of the program and he helped found the Voluntary Action Center, was on the planning and building committee for the first senior citizens center in Las Vegas, and was recognized by the Chamber of Commerce and Mayor for his efforts. Under Keith's leadership, he instituted the senior travel programs and then became the director of Conferences and Institutes at UNLV. His department flourished and became recognized as a leading program in the country for its diversity of programming which Keith was directly responsible for creating. Keith retired from the University in 1994 after a 40-year career in education. In retirement, Keith enjoyed travelling with Shirley and his daily walks with his friends. But most of all, Keith enjoyed the company of his family and was constantly surrounded by their love. In addition to his children, Keith always had time for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Lauren, Taylor, Jordan, Jack, Kaylee and Laila. Keith will be dearly missed, but his example of a humble and selfless community leader, family man, husband, father, grandfather and friend will not be forgotten. Services will be private for family and close friends.
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