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Neil David McElroy

Obituary for Neil David McElroy

August 8, 1984 - August 13, 2017
Pflugerville, Texas | Age 33

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Neil David McElroy passed away suddenly on Sunday, August 13, 2017. He was 33 years old.

Neil was born in Conroe, Texas, and grew up in Houston, Van Vleck, and Austin. He graduated from Anderson High School in Austin in 2002 and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps the following year. After basic training in San Diego and Camp Pendleton he was assigned to a Light Armored Reconnaissance battalion and was deployed to Iraq three times. During his first deployment he was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal. In the summer of 2006 he was serving on the USS Iwo Jima en route to Iraq when the ship was diverted to Lebanon, where he assisted in the evacuation of American civilians to Cyprus after the conflict there rendered airport runways unusable.

He was discharged from the Marines in 2009. The six years of service had taken their toll and he was subsequently diagnosed with alcoholism, depression, and PTSD, and qualified for veterans' disability benefits. While having difficulty finding and maintaining employment, he occupied his time doing community service and volunteering to work with children's athletics and, while undergoing treatment himself, assisting the rehabilitation of other veterans with disabilities similar to his own. He seemed to be making good progress, but the demons he fought finally overcame him and he took his own life three days ago.

Neil is survived by his parents, John and Frances McElroy, his son, Caleb Andrew McElroy, his brother Howard McElroy, his sister Isabel Wilkes, his grandmother, his fiancée Andrea Masanda, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, and many, many friends.

There will be a memorial service for Neil at 10:00 am Saturday, August 19, at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar Blvd. in Austin, Texas. Anyone who knew Neil or whose life has been touched by him in any way, is welcome to attend.

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