William Dale McNeely, 78, of Taylorville died at 7:49 pm Thursday, October 17, 2013 at his residence.
He was born June 22, 1935 in Louisville, IL the son of William K. and Vera Adeline Dawkins McNeely. On September 13, 1953 he married Juanita Ellen Jensen in Chrisman, IL. Dale was a charter member and Elder of Taylorville Christian Church. He was the principal founder of Kinsella-McNeely-Ryan Insurance and K.M.R.M. Insurance, Christian County’s largest Independent Insurance Agency. Dale served as a board member and past president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois and was a recipient of the prestigious Cartwright Award. He was instrumental in negotiating with Governor Edgar and the General Assembly the current state mandatory auto insurance law. Dale was a community leader serving as a board member and past president or chairman of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club, Taylorville Chamber of Commerce (formerly A.C.I.), Taylorville United Way, Taylorville School Board, and St. Vincent Memorial Hospital Board.
Dale was a devoted Son, Husband, Father, and Grandfather who loved spending time with his family, friends, and serving his Lord and Savior. He will be remembered as an extremely generous man who freely gave of his time and money to help others.
Surviving include: Sons: Michael Dale McNeely and wife Karen of Bel Aire, MD and Gary Allen McNeely and wife Mary Elizabeth of Taylorville; Brother: Charles McNeely and wife Jane of Orlando, FL; Sister: Barbara Pew and husband Ken of Atlanta, GA; Brother-in-law: Robert Dean Jensen and wife Venita Ann of Taylorville; Grandchildren: Kristina Lamanna and husband Phil, Daniel McNeely and wife Sarah, Andrew McNeely and wife Janet, Ryan Flanders and wife Meghan, Ryan McNeely and wife Kristen, Lauren Bredehoeft and husband Joe and Erin Bromley and husband Zach. Great Grandchildren: L. J. Hanson, Fionna Suslee, Adam Lamanna, Caleb McNeely, Thea Suslee, Gabriella Lamanna, Cal Bromley, Noah McNeely, Adelyn McNeely and Sloan Bromley.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 am Monday, October 21, 2013 at Taylorville Christian Church. Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Sunday, October 20 at the Church. Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville. McClure Funeral Home, Taylorville, IL is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be sent to: Taylorville Memorial Foundation, 201 E. Pleasant, Taylorville, IL 62568 or Taylorville Public Schools Foundation, 512 W. Spresser, Taylorville, IL.
Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.