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Charles Daniel Neff
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Birth: Mar. 24, 1922
Hardin
Ray County
Missouri, USA
Death: Jul. 16, 1991

Charles Daniel Neff (24 March 192216 July 1991)

Born in Hardin, Missouri, USA in 1922, Neff grew up in a poor but not destitute rural family during the Great Depression. He was the first in his family to attend college, starting at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas, eventually finishing with a BS in Economics from Central Missouri State Teachers College.

He served as an officer in the United States Navy during World War II in the Pacific theater from 1943 to 1945. He saw heavy combat at the battles of Tarawa, Guam, the Philippines and Okinawa. When the war ended, he was sent to Japan as part of the occupation force and was in Hiroshima three weeks after the atomic bomb was dropped.

Charles Daniel Neff was a missionary who had a great impact on the mission and theology of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now the Community of Christ). He also founded the humanitarian agency Outreach International and the Community One Resources Development Inc. also known as CORD.

As an Apostle, a leadership position in the RLDS Church, from 1958 to 1984, he was responsible for helping start the church in Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, India, Nigeria, Liberia and Kenya.

His missionary work in these countries challenged him to rethink the church's theology opening it to the voices of other cultures and confronted him with the horrific realities of massive poverty.

Alot of information on Charles Neff can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_D._Neff

 
 
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 Spouse:
  Frances L Dillon Neff (1921 - 2003)
 
 Children:
  John Michael Neff (1954 - 2013)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mound Grove Cemetery
Independence
Jackson County
Missouri, USA
 
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Record added: Aug 08, 2010
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Charles Daniel Neff
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Charles Daniel Neff
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