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Robert "Bob" Neary

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
4:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Martin-Mattice Funeral Home
Emmetsburg, IA

Thursday, January 19, 2012
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
Emmetsburg, IA

In Loving Memory of
Robert L. Neary
November 28, 1923 ~ January 14, 2012

Holy Family Catholic Church
Emmetsburg, Iowa
Thursday, January 19, 2012, 10:30 A.M.

Rev. Clem Currans

Margaret Sikora

Holy Family Funeral Choir

St. Johnís Catholic Cemetery
Emmetsburg, Iowa

Robert Leo Neary, son of Joseph and Gertrude (Fitzpatrick) Neary, was born November 28, 1923, at the family farmhouse in Palo Alto County, Iowa. Bob received his education at St. Maryís Catholic School in Emmetsburg. After graduating from high school, Bob joined his father on the family farm, and began actively farming.

On June 19, 1947, Bob was united in marriage to Patricia Oliver at Assumption Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. To this union six children were born.

Bob and Pat raised their family on the family farm where Bob did not only grain farming but raised livestock as well. He loved farming and caring for the land, which he did faithfully until he was 75 years old.

Bob was a devoted and active member of Holy Family Parish. He sang in the church choir for many years and organized the funeral choir. Singing and dancing were two things Bob truly loved. He was a very talented musician and performed with the Barbershoppers for many years. Bob served on the Emmetsburg Community School Board, the ACS County Committee and was a trustee for Nevada Township.

Bob was very proud of his childrenís accomplishments and enjoyed following his grandchildrenís activities. Family was very important to him and he cherished the time he could spend with them.

Bob passed away Saturday, January 14, 2012, at the Emmetsburg Care Center, at the age of 88. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Patricia; his brother, Francis; and two sisters, Imelda and Mary Catherine.

He is survived by his children, Robert, (II) and Joyce Neary, of Bethesda, MD, William Neary of Blair, NE, Joseph and Terry Neary of Emmetsburg, IA, Dr. James and Chris Neary of Ames, IA, Donald and Mary Neary of Carroll, IA and Margaret and Jason Leonard of Waverly, IA; thirteen grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; as well as many other relatives and friends.

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