Henry McNeil

CRYSTAL FALLS – Henry Malcolm McNeil, 83, of Crystal Falls, passed away Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at Iron County Medical Care Facility in Crystal Falls.

Malcolm, a well-known retired businessman, was born on Aug. 22, 1929, son of the late Henry and Adina (Segerson) McNeil. He was a lifelong resident of Crystal Falls, and graduated from Crystal Falls High School, class of 1947.

He was a distinguished veteran of the U.S. Army, a life member of the American Legion Post 87 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Tufts-Rondon Post No. 2891, a member of United Lutheran Church, former board member at the First National Bank of Crystal Falls, former president of the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame, former NMU Wildcats board member, a Mason (F.&A.M.), and former member of the Lions Club.

Malcolm served with the U.S. Army, radio section, AG Casualty Division Headquarters in Korea as a casualty reporter until 1952, when he returned to Crystal Falls where he was owner and operator of the McNeil Mobil Service Station following his father’s death.

In the mid-1950s, he began sponsoring basketball, baseball, and bowling teams – most notably the McNeil Oilers – and hosted numerous sporting events including the annual Tournament of Champions in Crystal Falls.

After he sold the gas station in 1985, he continued to sponsor the McNeil Oilers, serve on the bank board and work for the Diamond Drill newspaper until he fully retired to his home on Long Lake.

He is survived by two daughters, Susan (David) Lehto and Diane (Rob) Emo; one son, Malcolm Scott McNeil; 11 grandchildren; one sister, Jean (Jack) Wicklund; a niece, Marcia (Rick) Mathes; son-in-law, Bob Francisco; and other relatives, friends, and scores of McNeil Oilers.

In addition to his parents, Malcolm was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; and his daughter, Nancy Francisco.

Visitation will be Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home in Crystal Falls. A second visitation will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the United Lutheran Church in Crystal Falls.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Rev. Micheal Laakko will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Crystal Falls. Military honors will be accorded by the East Side Veterans Council with a Pass-In-Review ceremony at 10:45 a.m., Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family has established a McNeil Oiler’s Scholarship Fund, which will be awarded annually to a Forest Park High School senior basketball player.

Monetary donations may be given at the service or sent to Diane McNeil Emo, 1931 NE 2nd St Unit 402, Deerfield Beach FL 33441.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Malcolm, or leave a condolence for his family online at

The family has chosen the Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home of Crystal Falls to honor Malcolm’s legacy of life.