Neil Thomas Cortright

Neil Thomas Cortright, 88, of Olivet, Michigan passed away in the comfort of his home, with his loving family by his side September 30, 2023. He was born August 5, 1935 in Springport, Michigan to Clarendon and Bessie Berneice (Winchell) Cortright, who have preceded him in death. Neil attended and graduated from Springport High School before going on to serve his country in the United States Army. On May 22, 1955, while home on leave, Neil married the love of his life, Vivian McMurtrie, together they shared 68 years of marriage until Vivian’s passing in May of 2023. Neil was a skilled welder and a dedicated dairy farmer. His membership in Farm Bureau showcased his deep connection to his agricultural community. One of Neil’s greatest joys was his cows; he had a special affinity for these gentle creatures, tending to them with care and affection. Neil’s soft spot for animals didn’t end there, he held a special place in his heart for all animals, especially dogs.

Neil enjoyed family holidays, his favorite being Christmas. He loved gathering with family, creating cherished memories that will forever warm the hearts of those who shared those special moments with him. After Neil retired from farming, he spent a great deal of time traveling around the United States with Vivian and their good friends, the Southworths. They loved exploring new places and taking in all the sights each place had to offer. Neil will forever be remembered for his great sense of humor, leaving a lasting impression on all who had the pleasure of sharing a laugh with him.

In addition to his wife and parents Neil was preceded in death by his siblings, Doris (Richard) Kinney, Donna (Robert) Connor, and Clare (Mable) Cortright Jr. He is survived by his children, Ronald (Brenda) Cortright, Teresa (Jerry) Schneider, Rebecca Cortright-Brown, and Pamela (Eric) Sawatzki; eight grandchildren, several step-grandchildren, as well as many great-grandchildren.

A funeral Service honoring Neil’s life was Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Vickers Springport Funeral Home, 121 Pearl St. Springport Michigan. He was laid to rest at Lee Center Cemetery following the service. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be directed to Careline Hospice, 103 S. Jackson St. Ste 200, Jackson, Michigan 49201. Arrangements entrusted to Vickers Springport Funeral Home 121 Pearl St./P.O. Box 235 Springport, Michigan 49284. 517-857-4848.