Richard E. Neer

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Richard E. Neer, 66, of Xenia, was received into the open arms of Jesus on Friday, May 30, 2014, in the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, Tenn.

He was born March 13, 1948, in Bellefontaine, a son of the late D. Dwight and Ida N. Lapp Neer.

Richard was a 1966 graduate of West Liberty-Salem High School. He received a degree from the University of the District of Columbia and worked as a registered respiratory therapist, then as a respiratory sales representative for GlaxoSmithKline for 18 years.

He was a member of Dayton Avenue Baptist Church, Xenia and the Gold Wing Road Riders Association.

His survivors include his wife of 38 years, the former Esther Brock whom he married Oct. 25, 1975; a daughter, Kelly (Adam) Dyer of Xenia; a son, Judson (Sara) Neer of San Diego; grandchildren, Olivia, Madison, Amelia, Jonathan, Daniel and Samuel; sisters, Grace (Jacob) Leichty and Lois (Jerry) Coons, both of West Liberty; a brother, Philip (Reva) Neer of West Liberty; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling is from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Walter & Smith Funeral Home, 642 S. Main St., Urbana. Funeral services are at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Dayton Avenue Baptist Church, 1121 Dayton Avenue, Xenia, with Pastor Jon Young officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in Richard’s name to the Ride for the Relay,

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