Steven J. McNeil
Steven J. McNeil, 72, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at his residence in Lakeview. He was born Nov. 22, 1946, in Albany, the son of Fred G.and Frances E. McNeil.
Steve graduated from Junction City High School, class of 1965. Following graduation, he served in the Army National Guard for seven years. He married Patricia Williams and they had one son, Scott. Then later divorced.
He moved to Burns following his dream of being a buckaroo. He met and married Marilyn and they had one daughter, Naomi. He adopted Marilyn’s two previous children,Tina and Rod. Following his dream, they worked and lived on several different ranches in Harney County. They divorced in 1986 and he moved to Baker City- Haines, then to Seneca. After several years of ranching he decided to get his degree in counseling and work with troubled juveniles. He worked in Vale as a corrections officer, then the Burns Youth Authority. He then transferred to La Grande and finished his career as a juvenile corrections officer for Oregon Youth Authority Camp Riverbend. Steve retired in 2017. He made many dear friends and really enjoyed working with the juveniles.
Through out his years he loved to hunt, fish and he loved spending time with his family. He really enjoyed the great summer fishing trips that he looked forward to every year with his very special friends! He had a huge heart for his beloved dogs Sugar, Whiskey, Millie and Jazmine. His last couple of years he got to spend some quality time watching his grandson in high school sports and his great-grandchildren in their school programs. He will be dearly missed by his family and his good friends……and he had a lot of them!
He was preceded in death by: his parents; grandparents; uncles; and aunts.
Steve is survived by: sons and daughters-in-law, Rod and Patty of Burns and Scott and Julie of Albany; daughters and sons-in-law, Tina and Vince of Val and Naomi and Clint of Lakeview; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Del of Albany; nephew, Mike of Albany; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many cousins.
At his request there will be no services. Those who wish to remember Steve may make donations in his memory to either the Kids Club of Harney County, 267 S. Egan Burns, OR 97720 or Oregon Hunters Association, 67494 Market Ln., Cove, OR 97824.
Arrangements by Desert Rose Funeral Chapel.