John "Jack" McNeil


June 7, 1931 - November 24, 2020


John “Jack” McNeil, 89, of Mitchell, SD, passed away November 24, 2020, with family by his side at Weskota Manor in Wessington Springs. A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, December 1, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial with Military Honors will be in Servicemen’s Memorial Cemetery in Mitchell. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

A live-stream of the funeral service may be viewed at:

John Sylvester McNeil was born June 7, 1931 in Sioux Falls to John and Monica (Smith) McNeil. Jack grew up in Salem where he attended school at St. Mary’s. He served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict. His working career involved being a teacher, coach and crop insurance businessman. His priorities in life were faith, family, friends, country and then movies, books and music. In 1966 he married Betty Burg. They raised four children. Some of the best times Jack enjoyed in life were getting together with his friends and cousins and exaggerating their athletic successes. He often pulled a tattered and torn photo of his team from his billfold and the stories and laughter took over. Jack lived a great life and was well known for his sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; his four children: Pat (Daisy) of Fraser, CO; Mike (Jezal) of Bozeman, MT; Dan (Mandy) of Fraser, CO; Terry (Jaqi) of Granby, CO; nine grandchildren: Ariel, Jack, Luke, Maggie, Ruby, Cade, Mason, Rowan and Bridger; sister, Georgiann Griffin, Annandale, VA; and many cherished in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bob; his father and mother-in-law, Albert and Pearl Burg; brother-in-law, Tom Griffin; and sister-in-law, Diane Burg.





None Scheduled


Tuesday, December 1, 2020
10:30 AM


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Marianne Ewing Texley on December 8, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss, Betty. He was a good man and I hope you find peace with your wonderful memories.
Posted by Liz Hamburg on December 1, 2020
Betty, I’m so sad to read this. You and your family are in my prayers blessings to you and your family.
Posted by Kris Zimmerman on December 1, 2020
Dearest Betty, I am so sorry to learn of your husband’s passing. I know that your faith, family, friends and memories will help you adjust to this new life. How fortunate you were to have so many great years together. Blessings to you and your family. Kris
Posted by Mary Helen Flanery on December 1, 2020
Dear Betty, I am so sad for your loss. I know that your strong faith will sustain you through your pain. You have my heart felt sympathy, many prayers are coming your way.
Posted by Chad Larson on December 1, 2020
Jack was a great storyteller and a friend to many. Sitting on your deck eating pie talking about tennis, cars and politics will be a lasting and fond memory for me. Thanks for sharing your home and hearts with me. I'm so sorry about Jack. He will be missed. I'm here if you need anything at all. Remember that your tennis family will always be there for you.
Posted by The Morrison and The Schmidt’s on December 1, 2020
Betty and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time!
Posted by Joan Edwards Keyser on November 30, 2020
I thought the world of Mr. McNeil! I will never forget the day President Kennedy was assassinated, he opened the door to our classroom telling us the news. We didn't believe him at first. My sympathy to Betty and your family.
Posted by Marguerite Kleven on November 30, 2020
Thoughts always with you on the loss of your life companion. Many hsppy memories are out there and I pray you will keep those foremost. Many challenges lie ahead but know you have the strength the meet them.
Posted by Mike Honermann family on November 30, 2020
Our prayers and sympathy to you Betty and family as you honor Jack a wonderful man. May memories bring you peace
Posted by Perry Tobin on November 30, 2020
Deepest sympathy to Betty and family .
Posted by Judy Miiller on November 30, 2020
Many prayers, thoughts, and hugs, Betty, to you and your family on Jack's passing. God Bless each one of you today and in the days ahead.
Posted by Mark & Janelle McMahon on November 30, 2020
Our heart felt sympathies Betty and family.
Will miss Jack on his grocery run
Enjoyed our visits
Wonderful man.
Thoughts and prayers with you.
Posted by John Cersosimo on November 30, 2020
I'm so sorry Betty, Jack was such a delight to talk to and I remember some great conversations with him. Thoughts and prayers. Cersosimo family.
Posted by Gary & Kay Shafer on November 30, 2020
We send our condolences to Betty & family & friends.

May all the Memories of life with him bring you Peace & Comfort all these days. We send our thoughts and prayers to the family during these difficult days
Posted by Jan Hilton on November 29, 2020
Betty & family, So sorry to hear about Jack. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.
Posted by Marilyn McKay on November 29, 2020
My sympathy to you and your family! Jack was a fun, kind, and thoughtful person! Always loved having him stop in when he was our regional rep!
Posted by Pat Moller on November 29, 2020
Betty, you and your family will be in my prayers. So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Sandy (Clarambeau) Skinner on November 29, 2020
My sympathy to your family. Enjoyed him as a teacher in Letcher.
Posted by Terry Slattery on November 28, 2020
You have my sympathy, of course, but also my thanks for being a wonderful wife to one of my dearest friends.
Posted by Liz feldman on November 27, 2020
Just heard about Jack’s passing. Thoughts and prayers to you and the boys. Loved his sense of humor and general like ability. God Bless. 🇬🇧❤️
Posted by Joan Jacobsen on November 27, 2020
Sorry to you Betty and family
Posted by Rebecca Driedger on November 27, 2020
Sending hugs and prayers to you, Betty. So very sorry for your loss.
Posted by Jill Zens on November 27, 2020
Our sympathies on the loss of your husband Betty! May he Rest In Peace with our Lord and Savior. Our prayers are with you.
Posted by Jill Zens on November 27, 2020
Our sympathies on the loss of your husband Betty! May he Rest In Peace with our Lord and Savior. Our prayers are with you.
Posted by Peggy Tibbs on November 27, 2020
Sorry to hear about Jack. My sympathy to your family and you Betty.
Posted by Jane Amick on November 27, 2020
Our sympathy to your family.
Posted by Pat Cassutt on November 26, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. Jack will be missed dearly.
Posted by Peggy Kowall on November 26, 2020
My thoughts & prayers to you Betty, as well as your family.
Posted by Kristy vobr and Gary Vobr and family's on November 26, 2020
I'm so sorry about your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family 👪 my heart ❤ 💔 goes out to the family of McNeil's I'm so sorry about Jack passed away 😢 💔 to Betty McNeil's and the family 👪 😢 💔 🙏 💙 so sad!!! From the Granger's also!!!
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