John R. “Bob” Neff

August 27, 1917 ‒ February 04, 2015

Mount Gilead, Ohio
Formerly of Martel, Ohio

John R. “Bob” Neff, age 97, of Mount Gilead and formerly of Martel, passed away Wednesday morning, February 4, 2015, at the Morrow County Hospital.

On August 27, 21917, Bob was born in Martel, the son of the late Joseph K. and Effie Kathryn (Kurtz) Neff. He graduated from Martel High School in the Class of 1937.

A proud U.S. Army Veteran, Bob served his country in Germany during World War II.

On July 2, 1943, he married Bertha Mae Williams. They shared over 62 years together before she preceded him in death on September 13, 2005.

Bob grew up on his family farm and farmed his entire life, taking care of mostly grain and beef cattle. He was also employed by North Electric in Galion for 40 years until his retirement. He enjoyed spending time repairing lawn mowers for people throughout the community.

Bob was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Gilead and a very dedicated family man.

He will be dearly missed by his two daughters: Kathy (Frank) Perry of Avon Park, FL, Pat (Tom) Harden of Mount Gilead; four grandchildren: Julie (Dick) Higgins of Mount Gilead, Jason (Myung) Rogers of Parker, CO, Candace (Mike) Irwin of Mount Gilead, Samantha (Ken) Kanniard of Cardington; and six great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Harold and Eldon Neff; and a sister, Delores Lew.

Per Bob’s wishes, no services will be held. A private family burial will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 55 N. Cherry St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Bob’s family, and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Pat, Tom and family,
    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He lived a wonderful and long life – 97 – WOW! All of you are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time. Now you can look ahead and think about the reunion you will have one day in heaven. With heartfelt sympathy. Michael and Nancy Bachelder

  • So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We were in at Christmas to see him and sing carols and Kathy was in visiting him just last week, said he was up and dressed and looking good … I really expected to see him back in the pew soon.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, now he’s with Bert in God’s loving arms.

  • Dear Pat, Tom and family:

    We are sorry about the loss of Bob. We remember honoring him as a Veteran and having a meal with him. He was a super nice guy. He looked great for his age.

    Your family was very good to him and the way you supported him and took good care of him. May God’s peace and love be with your family.


    Dave Matos and family, Marengo

  • I am so sorry for your loss. May “the God of all comfort” help you cope during this difficult time of sorrow… (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

  • Sorry to hear about Bob

    My first boss at North Electric and a friend of Dad: Kenneth Marsh.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.

    Larry Marsh

  • Dear Pat, Tom and family,
    So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. We will certainly miss him on Sunday mornings in his pew. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Dave and Karen

  • So very sorry for your loss, Bob was a wonderful kind soul. He will be missed.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Our family was so sorry to hear about the loss of your father and grandfather.
    Please know that you are all in our thoughts.

  • Dear Patty, Kathy and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. We always looked forward to seeing him at our annual Burkhart Reunion. He brought lots of old stories and laughter each time he came. Our hearts are saddened that he has passed away.
    Kenny & Mary & Family

  • Pat, Sorry for the loss of your Dad. Pray you will be comforted at this time by our heavenly Father.

  • Julie, Pat, and Kathy,

    I am sorry for your loss. What an extraordinary life of 97 years Mr. Neff had and what a blessing that you had him for so long. I hope that you have many wonderful memories to keep him close to you.

    Warmest Regards,

    Angela Tompkins

  • Dear Katt & Pat; I was sadden to hear of your father’s passing. Please know that both of you and your families are in my thoughts and prayers. I recall the spark/twinkle in both of your eyes over the years when you would talk about your dad

    Don Wick

  • Pat, Tom and family;
    I have known Bob for almost 50 years. He was my foreman at North and a better foreman, no one has ever had. He always tried to help, whether it was as a foreman or just a fellow human being. In many ways, he was a father figure, always with a supportive word. We were very sorry to hear of his passing and the world was a little better place with him in it.
    Darl & Diane Mills