Arden J. Neer, Sr., 73, of DeGraff, passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2014 in Ft. Myers Beach, FL. An inspiration to everyone, he fought a courageous battle with cancer always with a positive attitude.
He was born in Bellefontaine on February 7, 1940 to the late Ezra J. and Mary (Rodabaugh) Neer. Also preceding him in death is a grandson, Billy Jervis.
Surviving is his wife, Kathleen “Kathy” (Keating) Neer; sons, Michael Neer of Bellefontaine, Christopher (Joahnna) Neer of Bradenton, FL, David (Rebecca) Neer of Centerville, Arden Jr. (Suzie) Neer and Andrew Neer, both of Bellefontaine; Stepchildren, Todd (Laura) Hitzeman of Marysville, Tammy Hitzeman of Kenton and Terry (Stephanie) Hitzeman of West Jefferson; grandchildren, Jesse (Jen) Jervis, Arden III “Bear”, Brandon, Christina, Tara, Cameron, Quinten, Mia, Eric, and Chloe Neer; step grandchildren, Brittany and Brooke Norris, Christopher Jackson, and Alaina and Adam Hitzeman; and great granddaughter, Zoe Jervis.
Arden started working at Neer’s Sand and Gravel in 1960 with his father, Ezra, who started the business in 1927. He continued working there for the next 50 years.
A 1958 graduate of DeGraff High School, Arden was a member of the Gretna Brethren Church, Bellefontaine, Masonic Lodge and the Elks Lodge. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed golfing. Later in life he loved to ride his motorcycle, enjoyed his model trains, music and dancing. However, more than anything, he loved being on his John Deere mowing his lawn, feeding his fish and having ice cream with the love of his life.
Pastor Larry Brown will officiate an 11:00 am service on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Eichholtz Funeral Home in Bellefontaine where friends may call from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, January 31, 2014. Burial will be in the Bellefontaine Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Gretna Brethren Church, 1564 Road 46 South, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311, Universal Home Health and Hospice, 701 South Main Street, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311 or The Holland Theater, P.O. Box 524, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311.
Condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.