age 82 of Perryville, Missouri, formerly of Crystal City, Missouri passed away Wednesday August 1, 2018 at the home of his daughter Lou Ann O'Dell. He was born January 22, 1936 in Leachville, Arkansas the son of the late Lulu Fern (nee Barrett) and Raymond Neel.
He is survived by his loving wife and soul mate Mary (nee Roussin) Neel; sons Ross A. (Kim) Neel of Festus; Raymond Lee (Cathy) Neel, III of Doniphan, Missouri; daughters Raina (David) Govero of Springfield, Missouri; Rhonda (J.C.) Cox of St. Louis, Missouri; Lou Ann (Tim) O'Dell of Perryville; JoEllen (Carlos Hernandez) Jackson of Kirksville, Missouri; 20 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and numerous extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his first wife Rosemary A. (nee Rappe) Neel; sister Elaine Filla; and a special uncle Cletus Neel.
He was a retired electrician working in residential and commercial wiring for IBEW local#1 and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Festus.
R.L. loved to fish, work in his garden, do yardwork and travel around to different states. He really enjoyed singing in the barber shop quartets Tri Towners and Sprit of St. Louis Chorus and was very involved with the Society for Preservation & Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America.
Memorial gathering from 3:00 P.M. until time of memorial service at 5:00 P.M. Thursday August 9, 2018 at Vinyard Funeral Home in Festus. Memorials in his memory are preferred to SPEBSQSA (Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America) 110 7th Ave. North Nashville, TN 37203-3704.