Mr. Nuel Dean Brill, 77, passed away Thursday, December 17, 2009, at St. John’s Regional Health Center in Springfield, Missouri.
He was born on March 28, 1932 at Graff, Missouri, the son of Bryan and Bessie (Scott) Brill.
Nuel was united in marriage to Doshie Whitaker on July 5, 1958, and to this union four sons were born: John, Mike, Tim and Rob. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather.
He began his military career with the U.S. Army in 1953 during the Korean War and later served in the Vietnam War. He served 21 years of active duty in the 82nd Airborne and later in the Army Special Forces. During his service he was assigned to many locations around the world, including Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; Panama; Thailand; and Okinawa.
He returned to the Cabool, Missouri, area in 1974 with his family to his family farm. He then farmed and raised his family. He became a member of the Douglas County Health Department board and proudly served for 22 years.
Nuel looked forward to and loved it when his family and friends would come hunt, fish or just stop to visit.
Nuel was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Elwyn Brill; and a grandson, Christopher Brill.
He is survived by his wife, Doshie of the home; his sons, John Brill and wife Julie of Las Vegas, Nevada, Mike Brill and wife Mary of Mtn. Grove, Missouri, Tim Brill and wife Kelli of Cabool, and Rob Brill and wife Libby of Mtn. Grove; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, as well as many others who lovingly called him “Grandpa” or “Uncle Nuel”; and seven brothers and sisters, Herbert Brill and Gene Brill of Cabool, Dwight Brill of Houston, Missouri, Elouise Updegraff of Manassas, Virginia, Jerry Brill of Arlington, Virginia, Iolene Hagan of Hazelton, Idaho, and Dwain Brill of Orlando, Florida. He will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Graveside services with full military honors were at 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 21, 2009, at Cabool Cemetery with the Rev. Kieth Reese officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.