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Shan Mary Neer


Shan Mary Neer, 66, of West Liberty, passed away Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus.

She was born in Weston-Super-Mare, England, on May 8, 1946, a daughter of the late Arthur A. and Peggy G. Prewer Patrick. She also was preceded in death by her father- and mother-in-law, Dwight and Ida Neer.

She is survived by her husband, Philip L. Neer, whom she married March 11, 1967, in Indianapolis; six children, Margaret Anne (Rodney) Hager, Stephen Anthony (Surena) Neer and Patrick Philip (Michelle) Neer, all of West Liberty, Jennifer Lee (Linn) Kropf of Nampa, Idaho, and David Alexander (Kathryn) Neer and Jessica Lynn Neer, both of West Liberty; one brother, Michael (Sandie) Patrick of Niles, Mich.; a sister, Lisa (Robert) Schroeder of Indianapolis; two sisters-in-law, Grace (Jacob) Leichty and Lois (Jerry) Coons, both of West Liberty; a brother-in-law, Richard (Esther) Neer of Xenia; 13 grandchildren, Ashley and Becca Hager, Laura, Courtney, Brittany, Daniel, Rose, Renee, Rachael and Levi Neer and Emmy, Brooke and Tyler Kropf; and 16 nieces and nephews.

After graduating high school, Shan attended college and later farmed with her husband in Champaign County.

She was a longtime member of Oak Grove Mennonite Church, West Liberty, and had been active with the Home Extension Club.

She enjoyed reading, scrapbooking, traveling, but most of all she valued her time spent with her family.

Pastor Dick Barrett conducts a Celebration of Life at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oak Grove Mennonite Church, West Liberty, where visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Private burial is in Oak Grove Mennonite Cemetery, Champaign County.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202, or by visiting

Arrangements were handled by Kauffman-Eichholtz Funeral Home, West Liberty, where condolences may be made at

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