He was born September, 9, 1936 in McLeansboro, IL to Cecil and Stella (Gregory) Neel. Richard was a retired United States Military Veteran having served thirty years in the United States Air Force and United States Army.
Richard is survived by his wife Emma Neel of Poland, IN; two sons: Richard E. (Kelly) Neel Jr. of Mooresville, IN and Cecil (Liz) Neel of Brewton, Alabama; three daughters: Sharon (Tony) Kujala of Phoenix, Arizona, Stella (Allen) Slayton of Poland, IN and Debbie (Brad) Steelman of Patoka, IN. Twenty grandchildren, twenty seven great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Kathy Porter; two brothers and one sister.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Alan Monroe officiating. Visitation will be held Saturday, February 15 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church. He will be laid to rest at Prospect Cemetery in Broughton, IL with full Graveside Military Honors performed by a United States Army Honors Team.