William "Neil" Utterback, 85, of Hannibal, Mo., passed away at 7:28 p.m. Thursday, June 29, 2017, at his home.

William "Neil" Utterback, 85, of Hannibal, Mo., passed away at 7:28 p.m. Thursday, June 29, 2017, at his home. 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 3, 2017, at the First Christian Church in Hannibal, Mo. Rev. Steve Barker and Rev. Tim Goodman will officiate. Burial with full military rites by Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post No. 55 will be at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal, Mo. 

Friends and family are invited to Neil's Life Celebration at a visitation that will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 2, 2017, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.

Neil was born Aug. 10, 1931, in Audrain County, Mo., to William "Bill" and Beulah Miller Utterback.

He was married to his high school sweetheart, Carol Ruth Paris, on April 29, 1950, in Vandalia, Mo. She survives.

Other survivors include his three children, Lisa Hickman (Howard) of Kirksville, Mo., Lori Cassidy (Brent) of Hannibal, Mo., and Linn Ayers (Steve) of Hannibal, Mo.; one brother, Bob Utterback; grandchildren, Andy Hickman (Chandrika), Cameron Hickman (Michelle), Haley Wayman (Matt), Katy Welch (Casey), Lindsey Powell (Luke), and Lew Ann Quinlin (Andy); and great-grandchildren, Caden Welch, Greta Welch, Reid Powell and Boston Collins. Also surviving is a special nephew, Nathan Paris; and many wonderful nieces and nephews that Neil was close to.

Neil was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Wayne Utterback; one sister, Bevy Hanssen,;his grandson, Josh Cassidy; and a great nephew, Jackson Neil Paris.

Neil proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. during the Korean Conflict. Neil was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Caif., during his service.

Early in his professional career Neil was employed by Sunbeam Bakery as driver. Neil later became an insurance agent with American Family Insurance and practiced in the Hannibal area as a trusted agent for many years.

Away from work, Neil was always active in his community working for its betterment. Neil was active at the grassroots level for many years in local Democrat politics. He was even recognized at the state and national levels for leadership. Neil was also a Mason and a Shriner. Funny and kind-hearted, Neil simply enjoyed people. He liked to visit with friends at his favorite coffee shop, Java Jive. Neil also enjoyed reading and following St. Louis Cardinals baseball. Neil’s family was his central focus. He enjoyed family trips and camping together at the family cabin near Mark Twain Lake. Most of all, Neil cherished the time he shared with his family and friends.

Neil was a member of the First Christian Church in Hannibal, Mo.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital.

Pallbearers will be Andy Hickman, Cameron Hickman, Jason Utterback, Bob Utterback, Nathan Paris and Mike Hall.

Honorary pallbearers will be "Coffee Table Gang,” Carl Zupan and Bob Vancil.

Online condolences may be made and video tribute may be viewed at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com