Carroll J. McNeel, 95, of North Platte passed away Thursday, Feb 8, 2018 at Harlingen, Texas.
Carroll was born Oct. 31, 1922 at Sutherland to Charles Emilo and Jennie E. (White) McNeel.
He grew up in Sutherland and graduated from Sutherland High School in 1942. He ranched with his brother, Marvin McNeel, where his grandfather John McNeel started the ranch on the North West River Road. He spent the next 50 years there and was known as a great cattleman. He was in the business many years, topping the sale with his yearling steers and heifers.
He raised three children, Marlea, Janene and Richard. In 1966, his wife, Barbara Robinson climbed aboard to help with the ranching and he helped raise her three children, Connie, Pamela and Randy. He was a great father and stepdad.
Carroll was known for quiet gentle ways and thoroughly enjoyed the travels and hiking mountain trails and camping in the snowy ranges in Wyoming, where he and his wife were camp hosts for a few years. He loved to fly fish and was quite good at it.
He and his wife retired in 1991 and went on the road full-time for 24 years visiting mainly the west coast and Indiana and saw beautiful country in the U.S. He began to slow the pace when his health started deteriorating but kept the travels from Nebraska to Texas for a few years.
Carroll is survived by his wife, Barbara; son, Richard (Carol) of Chapel Hill, N.C.; daughters, Marlea (Vance) Post of North Platte and Janene (Ken) Huffman of Dallas, Ga.; stepchildren, Randy Robinson of North Platte and Pamela Robinson of College Station, Texas; 19 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Gene (Rena) Piel of Missouri and Bill Houser of Elwood; and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Dwaine; brother, Marvin; sister, Arlene Simonetti; step-daughter, Connie Coady; brother-in-law, James Knapton; sister-in-law, Lois Houser; and step daughter-in-law, Mona Robinson.
He left many friends behind at the Yellow Rose RV Resort in La Feria, Texas. Most were from the northern states but many others were from states where we camped in different areas across the country.
Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in care of arrangements. Cremation will follow the visitation.
Online condolences may be shared at carpentermemorial.com.