John McNelis, ‘The Scotsman’


John McNelis, “The Scotsman,” 84, of Stillwater, passed away peacefully on Feb. 14, 2013.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Minnie, and children, Joyce and Stephen. He is survived by grandchildren, Heather, Trevor, Jan, and Elizabeth; Five great-grandchildren; two sisters; one brother; dear friend, Dee, and many other family and friends.

A memorial service is 11 a.m. Thursday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Churchg, 1616 West Olive St. in Stillwater. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred.

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  • Ron Lachelt

    John McNelis was a fine man and incredible soldier. He was a member of the elite British SAS and was very proud to be be a “fighting Scotsman” among the Brits. He was posted to Malaya and Africa during very turbulent times during the 1950’s. When asked why he joined the SAS, he replied that he had seen the U.S. Army Rangers being trained in Scotland during WWII and wanted to be in a tough unit like them. He loved to spend time with men like him who jumped out of airplanes, and was a dear friend and brother to the Special Forces Association Chapter XX and the Midwest Airborne Alliance, especially the 173rd Airborne Chapter. His stories, sense of humor, and Scottish brogue will be missed. He brightened everyone’s life who met him. If the phrase, “bigger than life” can be applied to anyone, it certainly describes John. For a man who faced battle and death, he loved to sing and recite poetry (Scottish, of course!) We put him to rest last Thursday, but he continues to live within each of us and makes us smile! We will remember him.