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Obituary: Dean S. McNeil, Sr.

June 15, 1923 – April 8, 2017
Dean S. McNeil, Sr. was born in Chicago, IL and raised in Glen Ellyn, IL along with his sister, Gail, by his parents William and Lillian (nee Jacobsen) McNeil .  Graduated from Glenbard High School (class of ’41) and attended Utah State University in Logan, UT.  Attended Loyola University in Chicago for his dental degree and served in that capacity as a Captain with the US Army at the end of WW2 in Austria.
Dr. McNeil met Evadne Tolsma while both worked at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL.  They married in 1950 and moved to Glen Ellyn a few years later where he bought a dental practice – they would eventually raise 4 children there and in Ephraim, WI first vacationing and then owning/running the Hillside in Ephraim for many years.  In 1988, Dr McNeil semi-retired and moved to Baileys Harbor, WI with Evadne, who died in 1998.
In 2000, Dr McNeil married Mary Ambrose – they met thru a dear friend.  They had more than 16 years of joyous times with both families.  Mary died in 2016.
Dr McNeil then moved in with his son, Daniel and daughter in law, Leslie Robbins in Baileys Harbor who, with son David and daughter Diane cared for him until his death.

 

Dr McNeil was preceded in death by his parents, sister Gail and brother in law, Chet Kreidler, Evadne and Mary and his youngest son, Dean, Jr,  Robert L Ambrose, Jr, as well as Margaret Czajkowski, nee Ambrose.  He was also preceded in death by his birth mother, Mildred Burdick, and his half-brother Ross Burdick.
He is survived by his daughter Diane (John Dietrich), sons David (Christine) and Daniel (Leslie Robbins), 10 grandchildren, 1 step granddaughter, and 7 great-grandchildren, his niece Linda (Art Chavez),  Jane Ambrose (late Robert L Ambrose, Jr), Mary (late Robert) Tourounjian, Kathleen (Scott) Smith, John (Dianna) Ambrose, and William Ambrose along with 12 grand and great-grandchildren.  Also survived by his sister in law Rita and his brother in law Dudley and their families.
Dr McNeil was the 1937 marble champion in Glen Ellyn and helped pay his college expenses as a crack ping pong player (either hand!). He enjoyed farming, flying, skiing, sailing, birdwatching and time with his extended family.
A celebration of the life of Dr Dean S McNeil, Sr will be held later this year.  Donations can be made to Stella Maris Parish, PO Box 49, Egg Harbor, WI 54209, or the Kidney Cancer Foundation.

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