Gross Funeral Home

120 Wrights ST, Hot Springs, AR


Rick Lee Neill

December 24, 1942May 13, 2020

Rickey “Rick” Lee Neill Sr., 77, of Hot Springs passed away peacefully on May 13, 2020 at Arkansas Hospice, CHI St. Vincent in Hot Springs, AR. He was born on December 24, 1942, in Galesburg, IL. Rick moved to Richland, Washington in 1945 and Graduated from Richland High School in 1961.

Rick married his beautiful wife of 57 years, Jean Porter, on April 12, 1963, and they lived for several years in Richland, WA. In 1967 they moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where he began working for Brown Shoe Company. Rick and Jean relocated to Warren, Arkansas in 1969 where they decided to purchase a successful business and raise their two sons, Rickey Lee Neill, Jr and David William Neill. In 1970 Rick began working for Genesco Shoe Company. Rick made his final career move to San Antonio Shoemakers in 1981. Rick retired in 2012 after 45 distinguished years in the shoe business. He was viewed as a leader in the SAS Company and the shoe industry.

Rick was passionate about providing for his family and taking care of the people with whom he worked. Rick was known for his sense of humor and his ability to put people at ease. Rick was a team player, but he was willing to say what others in the room wouldn’t. One of Rick’s favorites quotes was, “People know when you care, and they know when you don’t.” Rick truly cared about others, and he let them know. In his free time, Rick relished antique hunting and spent many happy days with Jean traveling and exploring both new and favorite sites for special pieces to add to their eclectic collection. After retiring, Rick enjoyed maintaining and working in his own antique booth where many customers appreciated the easy conversation and friendly salesmanship that served him so well throughout his career.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Billy Gene and Madlyn Neill of Richland, Washington. He is survived by three brothers: Phil (Pam) of Richland; Steve (Karen) of Richland; Mike of Richland. He is also survived by his two sons Rickey Lee, Jr (Kathryn) of Maumelle, David William of Hot Springs, three grandchildren (Jason, Zadie, and Nathan), and six nephews and nieces (Brian, Kevin, Tim, Megan, Madison and Brandon).

At his request, there will be no service. The family would like to thank the caring staff of CHI St. Vincent Arkansas Hospice Care. Donations or memorials may be sent to National Jewish Medical Center, 1400 Jackson St. Denver, CO 80206, www.nationaljewish.org . Dr. Stephen Frankel provided excellent care during Rick’s 20 year battle and became a close friend. Please feel free to leave comments and memories on the online Guestbook at Gross Funeral Home, Hot Springs, AR www.GrossFuneralHome.com .


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Judy Williams

May 19, 2020

I met Rick a few years ago as a fellow dealer at Crystal Hill Antique Mall. We quickly became kindred spirits because of our insatiable pleasure in treasure hunting (finally met someone even more tenacious than I was)! Rick was an encourager, a jokester, and one of those friends you meet later in your life you wish you had gotten to know so much sooner. I know you are breathing easier now. Rest In Peace my dear friend.

Rod & Margaret Norton

May 18, 2020

Jean, Rick, and David, we are so sorry to hear that Rick has passed away. You are in our prayers.

Jamie/Jerry Clay

May 16, 2020

We were so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. He was a very sweet neighbor. Our prayers are with Jean and family.

Steve Castellano

May 16, 2020


Thank you for 31 years of an honest and unconditional friendship. You accepted me from day one at sas and it meant the world to me. I will miss all our phone calls which I looked forward to greatly. Sas was very fortunate that you went into the office when your first love was to travel and meet with your customers. I will hold memories of you in my heart until we meet again!

Leslie Haugan Pelzel

May 15, 2020

Yes he was what I call a cool "Real Man". Rick helped me open 4 SAS stores in California. When a competitor would be out of line per SAS Standards as well as mine. Rick would say Leslie you may not realize this but those competitors are your friends. Sure enough over the last 18 years he was proven correct. Each of those competitors became friends in business. For each of the family members Rick left behind. Please enjoy his Best Spirit he left behind and it is good to take time to Grieve.
Best Regards,
Leslie Haugan Pelzel

Gene Bowman

May 15, 2020

So sorry to hear of Ricks death I met Rick in 1969 when I was a shoe salesman Rick was one of the best in the shoe business he worked hard and was known for his honesty never padded an order. I left the shoe business 30 years ago but still felt like Rick was my friend. Jean will be praying for you and the boys during this time. Gene

Jill Hairston

May 15, 2020

So sorry to hear about Rick. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Debbie Martinez

May 15, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you (Jean) and family. So heartbroken to hear about Rick.? I ‘m so glad I got to talk to him about a month ago. He was not only my boss, he was my friend. He will be truly miss . God Bless

John and JeNelle Lipton

May 15, 2020

Jean, Rick and David, we were saddened to hear of the loss of Rick. We have some great memories in the past during your time in Warren. Our love and prayers are with you.

Kay Phillips (Corbett)(Roy)

May 15, 2020

Jean, Rick and David, I could share so many memories (but I won’t!). I had so much fun with Rick and Jean many years ago in Warren. I wish you all peace. Rick had such a huge presence. I know you will miss him. Love to you all.


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