Cornelius (Neil) Teer


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.

Visits: 6


  1. Melody Morehouse on August 26, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Talia, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, including ’the boys’, the ducks, etc. Don’t hesitate to let me know what I can do to help – in any way.


  2. Charles & Jo Ann Hoehn on August 26, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Marilyn & family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Neil’s passing. We will never forget you as we saw our “little boys” grow up together. Neil was a great guy, always welcoming & happy. We won’t forget him rolling his eyes when he learned (again) what mischief the boys had gotten into that day! I don’t think he ever raised his voice. Please take comfort in knowing he made a lasting impression on the CHRS neighborhood & definitely the Hoehns. Our prayers & thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
    Charlie, Jo Ann, & Chris Hoehn

  3. Steven on August 27, 2009 at 1:39 pm

  4. WY7Pn on August 27, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I knew Neil.
    Rode with him @ Meihaus.
    I have no complaints.

  5. Gloria Severtson on August 27, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    I was privileged to know Neil. God be with all of you at this time.

  6. Denise (Miles) Goodface on August 27, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    He moved to the Flandreau Indian School Campus in 1952 and quickly became part of our group of children who resided on the campus, which was like its own separate world from the town of Flandreau. As young children we’d build forts in the woods, play cowboys and Indians, construct makeshift “boats” so we could ride in the “river” in the woods, which was really an itty bitty stream of water (and we wondered why our boats wouldn’t float when we got in them), built snow forts, ice skated, played baseball, swam in the Big Sioux River. As we entered high school, he always made us laugh as we sat and visited in the Suger Bowl (teenage hangout). Neil was our Head Major in the marching band. With his baton, he was impressive as he led our band in winning marching competitions throughout Eastern SD and Minnesota. We were especially proud of his Head Major performance leading the band into second place at the Red River Marching Exposition in Winnepeg, Canada. He was something else!! He was a great friend to all the people he met, and they,in turn, loved and respected this wonderful man. We are richer in spirit for having known him. I’m personally thankful for and will never forget the fond memories I have of growing up with Neil. My sympathy is extended to all his family members and many friends.

  7. Dena (Simpson) Clymer on August 27, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Who could ever forget his enormous hugs?! Sending one of those hugs to you, Teer family.

  8. Carolyn Waldron Thomas on August 31, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Talia, my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. I know that words are not enough, but may my thoughts and prayers sustain you.

  9. Carolyn Waldron Thomas on August 31, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Talia, my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. I know that words are not enough, but may my thoughts and prayers sustain you.

  10. Judy Vezeau-Shipp on October 19, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Although I am writing this well after the service, I wanted your family to know that Janet’s sisters(Fran, Toni & I)keep you all in our thoughts. We each have fond memories of Neil. May you all be blessed with an abundance of comfort.

  11. Jennifer H. Smorodin on November 16, 2010 at 5:29 am

    I have more warm and loving memories of Neil than I could recount. I remember specifically him teaching me how to mop “correctly.” But mostly I remember his warm and loving spirit, his beautiful smile, and how caring he was to me and my family. I feel honored to have gotten to share in his life, and in the life of your family.

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  13. Angela Jefferson on March 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    First, my sincere condolences to the Teer family.

    I haven’t seen Little Neil since I was about 12/13 years old. I recall playing with Neil and Carolyn when they would come to visit their family in East St. Louis each summer. For some reason I’ve had this strong feeling to make contact to find out how things were and just today found the information online of his passing.

    We would games in the street – hide & seek, Dodge ball, red Rover and roller skate. Neil has always had a special place in my heart and would think of him often through life’s journey. From the biography it sounds like he had a good life and was surrounded by a wonderful family.

    May God bless you all and let your memories of Neil remind you of how blessed you are.

    Angela aka Cookie

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  15. Kevin McDaniels on January 12, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Hello Marilyn, I don’t know if you remember me but I knew you & Neil in St Louis in 1972 when you & Madeline were housemates and I roomed with Ralph Butler. You and Neil popped into my mind today so I googled his name and was so saddened to learn of his passing. I was heartened to see that the two of you remained together. I always thought you two had a special connection.
    I really enjoyed the times we spent together. I still can recall your pregnancy with Talia and welcoming her into the world.
    I send you my heartfelt deepest condolences for the loss of your sweet man. I hope all is well with you.
    Warmest regards
    Kevin McDaniels
    Santa Barbara, CA

  16. DuWayne Wells on January 9, 2024 at 12:14 pm

    I just looked up “Thin’s” name that’s what he went by when we were buddies in the Army when he was stationed at Fort Polk, La. Sorry to hear about his passing. I have a very interesting story about him when he was in the Army in Louisiana if if you’re interested contact me yes I know it’s almost 20 years ago since he passed

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