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 Edward Henry “Ed” Neff, Sr

Edward Henry “Ed” Neff, Sr

Placerville, El Dorado County, California, USA
Death 27 Mar 2012 (aged 82)
Red Bluff, Tehama County, California, USA
Burial Igo, Shasta County, California, USA
Memorial ID 100044767 · View Source
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Edward Henry Neff, Sr., age 82 died March 27, 2012. He is survived by his wife Josine F. Neff; sons Raymond Neff, Edward Neff, Jr., Timothy Neff, Paul Neff, Brad Neff, Gregg Neff, daughters; Jennifer Neff, Danielle Neff; brother Shirrell Neff; sister Evelyne Grandstaff, and 19 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.

He is preceded by his daughter Mary Lou Neff.

He was laid to rest on April 3, 2012 at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery. Services were held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Red Bluff on April 3, 2012.

Published in Daily News on April 11, 2012.

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Edward Henry Neff was born on Jan 16th 1930 at Placerville CA to Mary Williams Neff and Wallace Elvin Neff. The family moved to Modesto CA where I was born. From as far as Back as I can remember we were called the Katzajamer Kids. If one of us was in trouble we both had to have a hand in it. So you can see it was always hard to have a older brother to look up to . Later we were called the Alley Cats as if mom ask us where we got something we said in the alley.

I have so many Memories and stories of our growing up Together that I like to Share a few of my favorites with you all. I remember one time we were playing baseball I was 5 and Ed was 7 he would pitch the ball from 5 feet away, mom kept telling him to get farther back Instead he would come closer. I swung at the ball and hit him above the eye and a great big lump popped up . That ended the Baseball for the day.

One of the Eddie's Kids said his dad never smoked but there is a reason that he did not. Dad caught us with some bull durum cigarettes once he made us smoke some Italian rope cigars. Ed did the one and said not so bad he started the second and started turning green and throwing up over and over and he never touched a cigarette after that.
We loved to get fire Crackers. We were out shooting them one day and I had a pocket full in my shirt pocket. Ed threw one up in air I looked up as it came down and it fell right in my pocket starting a chain reaction and blew my shirt in to pieces. I held my shirt away from my body but It still was a scary few min trying to get away from the Hot fire crackers.

We had good times going through High school .Walked 2 miles to catch the school bus lots of times we would stand 2 turns above Somerset and watch the bus pullout . Missed the bus again!

At the end of WW2 dad was without job at the as many people were. He had enough to buy 100 lbs of Potatoes and 100 lbs of beans as well 100 lbs each of flour and sugar That was our food for the next year. Ed and I was in charge of getting us some meat to go with that. We would go out looking for deer. While looking Ed would say hope the game warden does not catch us, then we go a little further and he say again sure hope the game warden does not catch us. We keep looking and he stop again as we were not seeing any deer and he says hope we see some deer if we don't there will be no meat for the table so the heck with the game warden . So now know why he away's made you kids finish your food and he knew what was like to be hungry.

I know you all think there is no stubborn streak in our family but I think Mom found out Ed had one. She was spanking him one day and he would not cry and made he so mad she said I will spank you till you Cry . It was a thing of wills and Ed won as mom wore out he arm spanking and he never did cry or say uncle.

I knew he was stubborn but he also was a very quite for the most part unless he had something to say then look out I had to try and see if I could win out with him .There was a place near the stove he liked to set in the winter where it was warm. One day I ran in ahead of him and sat there. He come in and says that my seat I said no its my seat . He put up his fist and I put up mine. He hit first and I said ok I guess I its your seat. He sat down and that was that.

As we grew older we both joined the service. He in the army and me in the navy. We were both home on leave and Ed's was up. So me and mom drove him the 400 miles back to his base in NV. When we got back home some one was setting on the front porch Mom said who is that Ed? And that who it was, somehow he had beat us back home.

Ed was a good man a hard worker. Lots of times holding two jobs to help keep the family going. I know he worked in Quincy for PG&E during the day and at night at the movie theater.

As we grew older we sort of drifted apart him in Northern CA and me in Central CA as had no phones so we did not talk much. I then moved to SD and we would talk once in a while. About a year ago we started calling each other on a regular basis. And the last 4 months we would call each other every day. Might only say Hi we had some good talks as well and became closer. I will be miss those evening chats but so glad we had that time to reconnect and reminisce about our lives.

Edward was a good brother ,husband, and father. Having fathered 9 children in to this world with his wife and mate of 55 years. He loved each and every one of them and wanted the best for all of them . As they were his children and his pride and joy.

Times will be tough for a while as we learn to cope with out Edward in our life but he will always be in our thoughts and memories. I know I will struggle. But I also know my brother would not want us to wallow in our grief but do as he did all his life and go out and do what has to be done . So as we here to honor his memory let us go forth and do the good that he always did.






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