Neil H. Neer

August 30, 1929 ‒ July 20, 2016

Howard, Ohio

Neil H. Neer, age 86, of Howard, Ohio (Apple Valley), passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at Riverside Methodist Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born on August 30, 1929 in Wapakoneta, Ohio the son of Horace and Claribel (Huber) Neer and was raised near Indian Lake.

Neil managed an Isaly’s Store in Tiffin until he was drafted into the Korean War. While serving in the United States Army he was assigned to the Secret Message department of General Van Fleets headquarters in Seoul, Korea. After returning to Mount Vernon from his time in the military, Neil worked at the City Loan Company in Mount Vernon for 16 years. In December of 1992 he retired as an assistant cashier and loan officer from the First Knox National Bank after 24 years.

Mr. Neer was very active in many local and national organizations. He was an honorary life member of Jaycee’s and was voted as Jaycee of the year several times. He held many offices in Toastmasters International and did hundreds of slide shows and talks around the state. He was also a life member and co-founder of the Ohio Bowhunters Association and won the National American Bowhunters championship in 1969. Neil was also a long time member of the Professional Bowhunters Society and had hunted big game in many U.S. States, Canada and Africa.

Other affiliates include 50-year member of Mount Zion Masonic Lodge #9 F&AM, Valley of Columbus Scottish Rite, Aladdin Temple of Columbus, Knox Chapter #236 Order of Eastern Star, Mount Vernon Lions Club. He was a Commissioned Kentucky Colonel and member of Baldwin Shrine, National Wild Turkey Federation and Lions International where he received the Melvin Jones Award. Neil also received the Golden Deeds Award and from Exchange Club and was recognized as a Mover and Shaker for his outstanding community service.

Over the years, Neil had done many archery trick shooting shows and taught hundreds of people how to shoot. He was owner and operator of Neer’s Colonial Limo Service and took great pride in planting and maintaining the flower garden at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4027 where he was a life member. Neil was also an original board member of the Apple Valley Property Owners Association where he has lived the last 42 years.

Neil is survived by his children, David (Linda) Neer of Mount Vernon and Carol (Rodney) Johnson of Destin, Florida, three grandchildren, Jennifer Johnson of Destin, Florida, Christopher (Abbilyn) Johnson of Charleston, South Carolina and Gregory (Ashley) Neer of Howard, three great grandchildren, Parker Johnson, Spencer Johnson, Macey Neer, a sister, Amy Skidmore of Bellefontaine, Ohio and companion, Polly Ann Bartholomew.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Neer, two sisters, Floy Frye and Jean Harmon.

Friends may call on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, 205 N. Mulberry Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 where a Celebration of Life and Masonic service will follow at 4 p.m. Rev. Warren Outhwaite will be officiating. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Neil H. Neer.

Memorial contributions in Neil’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.

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  • My family met Neil and Phyllis Neer many years ago and I can truly say it was and always will be one of the most honored friendships I could ever ask for. Anyone who came in touch with Neil met a walking history book. On behalf of my family we offer our heartfelt condolences to his family

    Wilma Dudley

  • My condolences to Carol and Dave and their families.
    We were family friends when I was young. My mom worked with Neil at City Loan. I remember having roasted sweet corn with Neil. Phyllis made some beautiful cakes for a few of our family occasions. Their house in Apple Valley was one of the first and had some interesting wall decor of Neil’s hunting trophies. I also worked at First-Knox with Neil. He delighted in bringing unusual dishes to a pot lock lunch like Bison trail bologna. He was definitely one of a kind.

  • Neil was a fine man and a very good family friend. The kindness he showed to our Mother and Father, Annabelle and Carl Barcus through the years will always be remembered. Our heartfelt condolences are sent to the entire Neer family for their loss. Very respectfully, The Barcus family.