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.
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