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Cornelius (Neil) L. Teer, III died August 19, 2009, at age 61. He was surrounded by his family and died peacefully in his home.
Neil was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 16, 1947. A few years later, his family moved to Flandreau, South Dakota, which he called his home. Neil loved being raised in a rural community where he had a chance to become a cowboy. In high school, he was active in band, football and track & field. It was on the track that he made his mark. His athletic talent led him to Dakota Wesleyan University. Neil later enlisted in the U.S. Army and was sent to Vietnam in 1969, where he served our country for 2 ½ years, earning an Honorable Discharge.
Neil married Marilyn (Kolb) Teer in 1973 in St. Louis, Missouri. He worked as a singer/musician for a brief period then trained and worked as a carpenter. He eventually purchased several homes for restoration in the St. Louis area. In 2001, Neil and Marilyn moved to Jefferson City, to purchase land and own horses, in short, to live their dream.
Neil is remembered for his love of horses and being a cowboy in his heart. He was also an avid bird hunter, and enjoyed years of boating/water activities at the Lake of the Ozarks. People will remember him as a loving person who was kind, gentle, and lived tall in the saddle in every aspect of his life. Neil was a strong, brave soldier and after a long battle with cancer, was called home to greener pastures.
Preceding him in death is his father, Cornelius L. Teer Jr. and his sister, Carolyn L. Teer. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Teer, his daughter, Talia Teer, and his son, Cornelius (Cori) Teer, IV, all of Jefferson City,. He is also survived by his mother, Catherine L. Teer, his sister, Cathryn L. Teer and his brother, Carl L. Teer. Other survivors include scores of loving in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at Lafayette Park United Methodist Church, 2300 Lafayette Ave., St. Louis, Missouri, followed by military honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Per his wishes, Neil was cremated and his ashes will be spread in the Big Sioux River in Flandreau, South Dakota at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center, 4895 E. Hwy. 163, Columbia, Missouri, Hospice Compassus, 2418 Hyde Park Rd, Jefferson City, MO 65109 or Disabled American Vets, 5054 Monticello Rd, Jefferson City, MO 65109.