Albert Russell McNeill Jr., 94, of Warrenton, died July 2, 2017.
He was born in Brooklawn, N.J., on June 7, 1923.
He is survived by his wife, Norma C. McNeill; his children, Lynn McNeill of Wilmington, N.C., Russell McNeill of Sonoma, Calif., and Brian McNeill of Woodbine, N.J. Mr. was blessed with five grandchildren, U.S. Marine Corps Major Scott Monroe, Deanna Willis, M.D., Katharine McNeill, Tanner McNeill and Caroline McNeill, and four great-grandchildren, Wyatt Monroe, Marielle Monroe, Everett Willis and Anderson Willis.
He was predeceased by his son, Scott McNeill.
Mr. McNeill began his military service during World War II with the Army Air Corps as a pilot trainee, but because of a medical condition was ultimately transferred to the 20th Armored Infantry, 10th Armored Division in Metz, France. After being wounded in Trier, Germany, he was sent for treatment but was returned to his outfit for a short period of time right before the war came to an end. He was awarded many decorations and citations, among them the Purple Heart.
After the war, Mr. McNeill attended the University of Maryland at College Park and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1951. During his time at the university, he met the love of his life, Norma Cole, and they were married in September 1949. Following graduation, the couple left Maryland and moved with Lynn to South Jersey to be closer to his family. There, the family grew in number and flourished through the subsequent years. He was dedicated and committed to his family, church and career as a controller in numerous car dealerships. In their later years, the couple settled into Warrenton life with Mr. McNeill working again as a controller for the Jim Harris dealership and then retiring and joining the staff at Rankin's Hardware Store for the past 16 years.
Having been an athlete in high school, Mr. McNeill loved his sports. He spent many a weekend watching college basketball, the Redskins football games, his Nationals baseball team and the yearly Kentucky Derby. His excitement was contagious as his family frequently sat with him and joined in the fun.
Over the years, Mr. McNeill came to love classical music as he listened joyfully to Norma play her piano. Bach, Vivaldi, Debussy and Chopin became some of his favorite composers, listening at all times of the day and night as Norma serenaded him. He also relished the times her piano students would take center stage and perform.
Mr. McNeill loved being out on his lawn mower cutting his lawn. No one ever tried taking over the chore he so enjoyed. He spent many an hour tooling around on his John Deere, going over and over, cutting the acre of grass to precise measure.
At heart, he was a true fisherman. He and his son, Russ, took numerous fishing trips including those to Cabo San Lucas and Lake Clark, Alaska. He was never happier than when he was hauling in marlin or salmon!
Mr. McNeill was a truly happy man. He had his faith, his family and his lovely home.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, at the Warrenton Presbyterian Church. Internment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on a future date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Capital Caring, 2900 Telestar Court, Falls Church, Va. 22042.