Dr. Donald Hanson McNeill Jr.

Dr. Donald Hanson McNeill Jr., 90, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at Hidden Springs Senior Living, surrounded by his loving family.

Family Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 3 from 5:00-7:00 at Calvary Episcopal Church. The funeral service will be held on Friday, October 4 at 3:00 at Calvary Episcopal Church with the Rev. Valerie Hayes officiating, followed immediately by a reception in the parish hall.

Dr. McNeill was born on September 6, 1929 in Richmond, Virginia, to the late Donald Hanson Sr. and Kathryn Poole McNeill. He was a 1950 graduate of the University of Richmond and a 1954 graduate of the Medical College of Virginia. He served for a year in the medical corps of the Navy between his internship and residency. He spent his career as a physician in Winchester and Front Royal. Twelve of those years were in private practice, during which he delivered many babies. He spent the rest of his career practicing emergency medicine.

Dr. McNeill was a long-time member of Calvary Episcopal Church, where he was very active. He served on the Vestry and held many officer positions throughout the years, and was a member of the men’s club and the bell choir.

Don was dedicated to community service. He was a member of the Board of Supervisors and former chairman of the Warren County School Board. He remained active after retirement, including volunteering with the Warren Heritage Society, Warren Memorial Hospital Emergency Room, the Warren County Health Department and St. Luke’s Community Clinic.

Music was important to him throughout his life. He played clarinet and saxophone in various dance bands, and was a founding and long-time member of the American Legion Community Band. He also enjoyed his poker club with friends for many years.

Survivors include his son, Bruce McNeill and wife Patty of Vienna; two daughters, Nancy Doud and husband Bret of Rockford, Michigan, and Linda Mills and husband Allen of Moseley, Virginia; and five grandchildren, Rachel and Connor Doud, Magda and Roksana McNeill and Spencer Mills. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Marcelle Williams McNeill; son, Richard Walker McNeill; and granddaughter, Christina Elizabeth Mills.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Calvary Episcopal Church, 11 West Second Street, Front Royal, VA or to St. Luke’s Community Clinic, 316 N. Royal Avenue, Front Royal, VA.

  10 comments for “Dr. Donald Hanson McNeill Jr.

  1. Libby Funk
    September 20, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Don will surely be missed by all. He was an awesome doctor and person. Im sure he and Marcelle are finally together again. They were an awesome couple and I
    w.as honored to be their friend.

    • Lisa
      September 25, 2019 at 8:13 pm

      Doc will surely be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with family and friends. I picture him in Heaven with lots of breath and renewed vitality – entertaining others on the clarinet.

  2. Sharon Jones
    September 20, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Dr McNeil was one of the best people I ever met. Not only did he deliver me, give me many shots as a child but he told me I couldn’t be in my kindergarten Christmas play because I had strep throat. Something I clearly am still a little salty about. I had the honor of working with him for many years in the Emergency room and he was the most respected doctor there at the time. He certainly left a mark in this town and was dearly loved. . My sympathies

  3. Brenda Jones
    September 20, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Dr McNeil delivered my twin and I in 1964. He was the most pleasant man a very good doctor. He will be missed. RIP Dr McNeil

  4. Tina
    September 21, 2019 at 11:25 am

    RIP Uncle Don you were a true Icon and will be missed

  5. Dornie Groves
    September 21, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Your dad brought me into this world and was my family doctor for many years. Such a great man , he will be missed. Praying Gods peace for your family at this time.

  6. Dorie Diehl
    September 26, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    It was my pleasure to work with Dr McNeil at Warren Memorial for 37 years. What a gift he was to our hospital and community!! “Well done thy good and faithful servant”.

  7. Linda McNeill Mills
    September 28, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    Thank you all for your kind comments!

  8. Richard Nanna
    October 6, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    I’m late to the comments but wanted to say that it was a pleasure to know both your mother and father. They both exhibited the highest moral standards and served Front Royal as adults through decades of cultural, medical and economic changes. I got to know Don after he had left full practice and was serving the workers at Dupont. He later came back to the ED. Few of us were aware of his pioneering history in emergency medicine in Front Royal and Winchester. I worked at making our younger docs aware. He will be missed but comforted now in the arms of God.

    Dick Nanna

  9. Jim Miller
    October 8, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Doc will surely be missed by all of us that had the pleasure of meeting him both professionally and socially

    We R Diminished

    Jim Miller

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