Daniel “Dan” Thomas Mc-Neil, 72, died Dec. 21, 2022, at his residence in Froid.
He was born Sept. 8, 1950, in Williston, N.D. He grew up in Froid, attending school and graduating high school. He formed lifelong friendships there, especially enjoying the fall and playing football with his teammates.
He entered the Navy upon graduation and then returned to Froid working numerous jobs while assisting on the family farm with his father. He worked roustabout in the oil field with Pat Picard and B& G Roustabout Service, managed Harvest States Grain Medicine Lake, delivered fertilizer for Agland Co-op, mowed roadways for Roosevelt County, etc.
Upon his father’s retirement, he continued his love of farming and ran the family farm until his own retirement. He looked forward all year long to fall when he could climb on the combine to harvest with Mike and “The Corp.”
He enjoyed the company of a special group of friends in Froid. Together, they cheered on the Minnesota Twins and Vikings, gathering to watch games, check on each other and lift a Miller Lite.
He enjoyed his farming days with his dad, cherishing those times until his death. He also had a special relationship with his mother. After his father died, he was her guardian angel, checking on her daily, sharing breakfast, taking care of her home and huge yard. Through his care, his mom was able to retain her independence and live alone until a broken hip led to finishing her life in the nursing home.
He is survived by brothers, John and Bill; and sister, Karen.
Cremation has taken place and interment will be this spring with a small gathering of close family and friends.