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Robert L. Neary 1923-2012

January 19, 2012
Emmetsburg News

A Mass of Christian Burial for Robert L. Neary of Emmetsburg will be held Thursday, Jan. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Clem Currans is the celebrant.

Burial will be in St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge.

Robert Leo Neary, son of Joseph and Gertrude (Fitzpatrick) Neary, was born Nov. 28, 1923, at the family farmhouse in Palo Alto County, Iowa. Bob received his education at St. Mary's 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. Bob served on the Emmetsburg Community School Board, the ACS County Committee and was a trustee for Nevada Township.

Bob passed away Saturday, Jan. 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 and Joyce Neary of Bethesda, MD, William Neary of Blair, NE, Joseph and Terry Neary of Emmetsburg, Dr. James and Chris Neary of Ames, Donald and Mary Neary of Carroll, and Margaret and Jason Leonard of Waverly; 13 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

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