Victor Neill was born to John and Bernice Neill on March 25, 1940. He grew up in Shawnee, Kansas and saw it merge with its sister-town of Mission, later to be absorbed by Kansas City, Kansas.
He was an athlete and a scholar, participating in track and field as a distance runner, taking an interest in math and science and becoming an Eagle Scout.
He served in the Air Force for two years at Brooks Air Force Base, where he met his wife Patricia. The couple moved to Chicago where Victor worked as an orderly at Cook County General Hospital while he completed his undergraduate degree in physiology at the University of Chicago. He was on duty at the hospital during the birth of his son, John.
After graduation, Victor decided that Chicago needed teachers more than it needed scientists, so he became a teacher at the John M. Smith school in South Chicago, a position he retained for 11 years. He began part-time work as a computer programmer in 1974 at Malcolm X college; a career he maintained for the rest of his life.
He was dedicated to his work, and developed some of the strongest bonds of his life with his coworkers. He was honorable and honest with people he met and always felt that he was obligated to meet people more than half way. He was friendly and informal with strangers and acquaintances and always left at least a 20% tip.
He seldom took himself seriously, and he was never averse to having a laugh at his own expense. He had an endless supply of puns and dad jokes; almost none of which were funny. Nonetheless, they tickled him.
Victor passed away on June 16, 2023 from a fatal fall at his home in Schertz, Texas. He was where he wanted to be. He will be interred with his wife at her family plot in Kennedy, Texas. He is survived by his son, John, his daughter-in-law, Mo and his three dearest friends: Mitsuru Yamada, John Rutland and Leroy Peacock.
A Memorial Service for Victor will be held at Schertz Funeral Home on Saturday, July 8, 2023 at 11:00 AM.