Jeffrey J. McNeely, 68, Neillsville, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield, surrounded by his family. The Mass of Christian burial was held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, Sept. 16, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville, with Rev. Varkey V. Joseph celebrating. Interment was in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Loyal.
Jeffrey John McNeely was born on July 31, 1951, in Marshfield, to Raymond and Erna McNeely. Jeff graduated with the Class of 1969 from Loyal High School, then went on to earn an associate degree in industrial services technology in 1971, then studied at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and graduated with a bachelor’s of science in technology education in 1974. Following his studies, he assistant taught at Wausau West High School. Jeff married Carla Jean Kottke on Sept. 18, 1976, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Athens. In January 1977, Jeff started his own business, Pine Valley Home Sales Inc. in Loyal. In 1981, he moved his business to the Neillsville area where they raised their family of four children. In addition to running his business, Jeff enjoyed staying active by playing softball, basketball, and tennis. Jeff loved the mountains and was an avid downhill skier. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren, boating and gardening. Jeff was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville where he served as a Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) instructor, a member with the Knights of Columbus, and a choir member. Jeff also traveled as a member with the Clark County Male Chorus and was a local advocate for the Republican Party.
Jeff is survived by his partner, Rose Marie LaBarbera; four children: Adam (Andrea) McNeely of Lyle, Minn., Kristen (Ryan) Schoen of Spooner, Lorin (Matt) Kuester of Menomonie, and Brandon McNeely of Chicago, Ill.; Rose’s children: Robert, Paul and Charlie LaBarbera; his former wife, Carla McNeely; eight grandchildren: Asher, Emmett, Jameson, and Journey McNeely, and Kinsley, Ariya, Evelyn, and Emry Schoen; 17 siblings: Steve (Dixie) McNeely, Mike (Diane) McNeely, Mary Slagoski, Pat (Ruth) McNeely, Lana Ertl, Theresa (Lynn) Smith, Dan (Deb) McNeely, Kathy (Mark) Meshnick, Ann (Murley) Wheeler, John (Jane) McNeely, Mark (JoAnne) McNeely, Lori (Dave) Girgenti, Luke (Darilyn) McNeely, Mara (Jeff) Folz, Sarah (David) Kunferman, Lisa (Scott) Enerson, and Joan (Steve) Frericks; and many nieces and nephews.
Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Erna McNeely; a grandchild, Remy Sawyer Schoen; a niece, Erin McNeely; a nephew, Sam McNeely; and a great-niece, Isabelle McNeely.
Memorials may be directed to St. Mary’s Parish, 1813 Black River Rd., Neillsville, WI 54456.
Online condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.
Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Jeff’s family with arrangements.