Robert Leon "Bob" Neece, II
November 5th, 1948 - September 28th, 2012
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
501 West 6th Avenue,
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 2:00 PM
501 West 6th Avenue,
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 3:00 PM
Maplewood Memorial Lawn Cemetery,
2000 Prairie Street,
Emporia KS 66801
Robert Leon Neece II, was born November 5, 1948, to Robert Leon Neece I and Mary Belle (Gregory) Neece in Kansas City, Missouri. He passed away on Friday, September 28, 2012 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Bob attended high school at Southeast High School in Kansas City, Missouri. He joined the Navy in 1967 and served for 4 years active duty during the Vietnam War on the USS Enterprise. He then continued his service in the Navy Reserves.
Bob married Marie Smith in 1968. They had two children, Robert Leon Neece III and Barbara Anne Giddings.
He obtained his Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in 1978 at Penn Valley Community College and later obtained a diploma in Nursing at St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in May of 1968. Bob practiced as a registered nurse at various locations in the Kansas City area including the Kansas City Veteran’s Administration Hospital where he worked in the Intensive Care Unit. While working at the VA Hospital, he met his second wife, Jody. They were married on March 19, 1989, and have one daughter, Megan.
The family left the Kansas City area, and while living in Osceola, Missouri, Bob practiced nursing at Sac-Osage Hospital as a charge nurse in the Intensive Care Unit. He developed many strong friendships in the Osceola area and became known in the community as “ICU Bob”. Upon his retirement from Sac-Osage Hospital in 2008, Bob and Jody moved to Overland Park, Kansas, where he lived until his death on September 28, 2012.
Throughout his life, Bob had a wide range of interests and avocations. Animals played an important role in his life, as he ministered to many orphaned and ailing members of the animal species including snakes, bats, birds, skunks and other various mammals and reptiles. Bob’s pets would often escape from their living quarters, much to the chagrin of his mother and/or wife.
In his free time, Bob loved outdoor activities including fishing and hunting. Although he would sometimes come home with game, he would just as often come home with a story about sitting in the woods and watching squirrels play in a tree, ducks swim in a pond, or a bobcat stalk its prey.
Bob’s cooking skills became legendary to his family and friends. He loved nothing more than to prepare cookouts, picnics, and family dinners.
Bob’s ultimate passion in life was spending time with his family. He was a loving and attentive husband, proud father, doting grandfather, and a caring brother and son. He loved spending time with his wife, tormenting his sisters and/or kids, and playing with his grandkids. Bob always had a witty comeback, limerick, or joke at hand that was appropriate (or not) for any situation. He shared his broad smile and hearty laugh with all. With his keen sense of humor, he could brighten a day or lighten a heart.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Mary. He is survived by his wife Jody of 23 years of the home, two daughters, Barbara Anne Giddings (Nathan), Garden City, Missouri and Megan C. Wagoner (Christopher), Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany, one son, Robert L. Neece, III (Jill), Rock Hill, South Carolina, two sisters, Diana Pittman (Larry), Savannah, Missouri, and Pam Myrick (Charles) Warsaw, Missouri, and seven grandchildren, Michael, Kyle, Kelly, Tyler, Blake, Calvin, and Cody.
Vistation will be held Wednesday, October 3, 2012 starting at 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 2:00 p.m. at Charter Funerals-Emporia Chapel, 501 W. 6th Ave., Emporia, Kansas, 66801. Interment will follow at Maplewood-Memorial Lawn Cemetery, 2000 Prairie Street, Emporia, KS, 66801.
Fri, Oct 5th, 2012 at 8:07 PM
Jody -- I heard of Bob's death first from Delores Heins and then from Dan Markowitz. I was sorry to hear of his passing. I can only imagine that after 23 years of marriage, you will miss him dearly. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Alicia Hagemann Buehne, Derby, Kansas
Thu, Oct 4th, 2012 at 1:53 PM
So sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, many prayers from your old GVMH family.
Linda Shields, Clinton, Missouri
Thu, Oct 4th, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Jody, I didn't know Bob very well, but I do know you and know that Bob meant the world to you. I'm so sorry that he passed at such a young age. The days ahead will be difficult for you, but please know that I am close by, and can be there within minutes if needed. May the good memories of the life you shared brighten the days ahead as you recall the laughter and joys of being his wife. And may God comfort you and bless you always.
Sally, Overland Park, KS
Wed, Oct 3rd, 2012 at 11:50 PM
So sorry for your loss Jody and kids. I have many fond
memories of Bob while getting to work with him at
SOH. We all became family and I will always cherish
my memories with my SOH family. Bob was always a
great source of knowledge and could tell some gteat
stories. He will be missed.
Niki Kneller, Lowry City
Wed, Oct 3rd, 2012 at 9:49 PM
Bob and family,
Although it has been sometime since I’ve talked to you old friend you will be missed. I hope that you are in a better place, because the friendship you have shown me over the years has earned you the best.
Jody you and the kids need only ask and I will do whatever I can to help, because I know that Bob would have done no less…Dan.
Daniel Shafer, Novinger Missouri
Wed, Oct 3rd, 2012 at 3:11 PM
Jody and Megan,
I (Ken) will always have fond memories when Bob and Dan S. and I would go to breakfast and exchange stories, jokes, and have good discussions about life. We are thankful for your friendship and all of you sharing your life with us. You are always in our prayers.
May God Keep Watch Over You,
Ken and Galen
Ken & Galen Bolton, Junction, TX
Wed, Oct 3rd, 2012 at 11:39 AM
We want to extend God's Blessing to the Bob Neece Family.We always thought a lot of Bob when we knew him growing up over at grandma Brewster.. Rest in Peace Harold and Ruby Jaynes Family
Harold & Ruby Jaynes, Harrisonville, Mo,
Wed, Oct 3rd, 2012 at 12:01 AM
I'm sorry Jody about your loss. I have lots of memories of Sac Osage
& Bob is at the top. Praying for you & your family during this time &
the days ahead. If you need seething let me know. Live you very
much. Linda Taylir
Linda Taylor, Stockton MO
Tue, Oct 2nd, 2012 at 1:30 PM
I worked with Bob for a lot of years in ICU at Sac-Osage he was serious about taking care of his patients but also enjoyed telling jokes to lighten the day. He also told us about his wife and children and shared many good stories about them as well. Our prayers are with you and all of his family, he will be missed.
Bridget Kennedy, Warsaw, MO
Tue, Oct 2nd, 2012 at 4:26 AM
Barbara and Bobby and family,
I will be keeping each of you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May the Lord bless each of you and may you find comfort in your memories of Bob.
Carletta Empson, Garden City, Mo.
Mon, Oct 1st, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Jody and family My prayer are with you and I will be with Wednesday in person. Love you very much and take care of your self as well as your family.
Judy Wade, Havana, Kansas
Mon, Oct 1st, 2012 at 8:20 PM
I have so many wonderful memories of ICU Bob. He taught me so much that I continue to use every day. He always liked to laugh even when the joke was on him. My thoughts and prayers are with those he loved.
Lynn Fredricksen, El Dorado Springs MO
Mon, Oct 1st, 2012 at 2:46 PM
Bob and I worked countless night shifts together and shared some amazing experiences. His sense of humor and great medical skills were always a blessing. He will be missed by many.
Don & Jessica Stockton, Rockville Mo
Mon, Oct 1st, 2012 at 1:18 PM
Jody and family,
So very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. We enjoyed working together at
Sac Osage some years. I always remember Bob's professionalism,
caring and tenderness for his patients and their families. We spent
many hours laughing, working, sharing our lives. He will be
remembered with great fondness. Bless you all.
Diana Dysart Hoyt, Binghamton, New York
Mon, Oct 1st, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Dear Jody, Diana and Pam,
We are so saddened at the sudden passing of Bob! How wonderful it
was to spend time with him and you Jody, and Diana at the Gregory
family reunion last month.
Please know we are thinking of you and your families as you deal with
this devastating loss of Bob.
Take good care of your feelings.
Love, Brenda, Peter, Tate and Kira Yuen
Brenda Gregory Yuen, maryland
Mon, Oct 1st, 2012 at 2:47 AM
Thinking of you. Remembering all the good times.
How good a cook Bob was(even though it was usually to hot for me, he would make it milder for
me) The way we use to work our schedules yo get
shifts off we wanted.
Denise Puffett, Graham WA
Mon, Oct 1st, 2012 at 2:38 AM
Jody and Family,
My heart felt sympathy goes out to all of you. I worked with Bob for about 5 years at Sac-Osage Hospital. He always had a funny story to tell and a smile. May God Bless you and be with you.
Julie Tootle, Clinton, MO
Mon, Oct 1st, 2012 at 2:00 AM
so very sorry for your loss...I enjoyed working with bob in ICU...at SOH..
michelle meyer wallace, osceola, mo
Mon, Oct 1st, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Dear Jody & Family, I was so sorry to learn of Bob. My heart goes out to each and every one of you. I had the pleasure of knowing Bob for 21 years and working with him most of that time. I will be thinking of all of you and missing him with all of you. Betty Albertson
Betty Albertson, Collins, Mo.
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