Bob was born in Caspian, MI in the Upper Peninsula on January 2, 1929 to the late Harris and Helen (née Morrison) Neil. He is survived by his loving family including wife Joanne (Washburn) Neil; daughters Helen (Tom) Frederickson, Jeanine (Chris) Raquet and Margaret (Jim) Kolb; grandchildren Neil (Brittany Vernier) Frederickson, Laura (Anthony) Tonge and Danielle Raquet; great granddaughter Piper Tonge; sister Mary (Tom) Haas; and several nephews and nieces. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his daughters Mary Jo and infant Bridget, and his brothers Harris and Michael.
Bob grew up in Iron River, MI and graduated from Stambaugh High School. He attended Michigan Tech University and was stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado during the Korean War. After he was discharged Bob stayed in Colorado working at the Climax Mine and on the Roberts Tunnel, where he met and married Joanne. In 1958, Bob and Joanne returned to Iron River where Bob started a career in mining safety that spanned over 30 years. During his career he worked at Hanna Mining, White Pine Copper and moved the family to Ishpeming in 1972 to join Cleveland Cliffs. He was transferred to Cliff’s Home Office in Cleveland and retired in 1987. Bob and Joanne lived in the Cleveland area until moving to Canton to be closer to family in November, 2017.
Bob had a number of passions including being an avid private pilot and certified flight instructor, attending annual ski jumping tournaments and speaking at mining history conventions across the country. He was known for his sense of humor and performed as the Master of Ceremonies for a number of events.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date where the immediate family will celebrate a life well-lived.