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September 24, 1947 – Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Service Information
Living Waters Christian Fellowship (Waverly Villag
Sunday, August 18th, 2013
3:00 P.M.

Visitation Information
Saturday, August 17th, 2013
4-8 P.M.

James Jeffrey Neff entered into his eternal rest on Tuesday, August 13 at the age of 65.

James “Jim” Neff was born in Oak Park, IL on September 24, 1947 to Leonard and Florence (Lottridge) Neff. He spent his adolescent and high school years with his family in Chippewa Falls, WI. Jim graduated with a B.S. degree from University of WI- Eau Claire and with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from Marquette University. After serving a term as a Dentist in the Air Force in Washington, Jim decided to leave active duty in the military and start private practice dentistry. He and his beloved wife Norma researched 50 communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and agreed that Winsted would fulfill most of their desires for a good environment in which to raise their children, be close to family, have a quality lifestyle, and provide high quality dental care.

Jim had many interests, and always jumped into life with both feet in running stride. Besides maintaining a successful, state-of-the art dental clinic, he was active in many community activities, and in national and international organizations. He was a 5th degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and was instrumental in developing the Winsted Karate Club, which trained several world champions within the ASKF organization. He was active for many years in contributing to the growth of Winsted through his leadership in the Winsted Civic and Commerce Association and the Winsted Community Chest. Additionally, he served as a Director, Vice Chairman and Chairman of St. Mary’s Hospital and Home, and as a Director of Health Central Systems. He was on the Founding Board of St. Mary’s Apartments (now Linden Wood Apartments), was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 407, and a member of the Waverly Boosters. He also served for many years on the Board of Directors of Mayer Lutheran High School. Jim served in various leadership capacities in the churches which he attended over the years. In 1989 he was presented the Outstanding Citizen Award by the Winsted Civic and Commerce Association, and in 2001 he was presented the Outstanding Service Award by the City of Winsted.

For over a decade, Jim has served on the Board of Directors of VVMI (Vernacular Video Missions International), and has been the chairman since 2004. Through this organization, he has enabled nationals in the Philippines, Guatemala and Peru to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ through Christian Videos in their heart languages. He was also instrumental in beginning the Our Father’s Promise School of Ministry and Living Waters Christian Fellowship.

Jim loved the Lord Jesus Christ with his total being and boldly proclaimed the good news of the Kingdom of God to people with whom he came in contact. He loved to pray for people and was known for how he reflected the love of Christ. Jim loved God’s creation, and enjoyed being outside bicycling, kayaking, SCUBA diving, camping, hiking and cross country skiing.

Jim is survived by his wife Mary (Meyer Stamm), his brother Richard (Lisa) Neff, his daughters Carla (Chris) and Patricia (David) and his sons Brian (Joy) and Sid (Rebecca), his brothers-in-law: John (Vicki) & Marv (Gloria) Schauland; his sister-in-law Gena Meyer and brother-in-law Nick (Barbara) Meyer. Jim has six grandchildren, Joseph, Emma, Maggie, Alanna, Isabella and Arya and thirteen nieces.

Jim was preceded in death by his first wife Norma, brothers Lewis and Allan, father Leonard and mother Florence, step-mother Nancy, father-in-law and mother-in-law Oscar and Emma Schauland, mother-in-law Mildred Meyer, sisters-in-law: Ruth Schauland & Mary Schauland.

A visitation will be Saturday, August 17 at Chilson Funeral Chapel in Winsted from 4 to 8 p.m.

A Celebration of Jim’s Life will be Sunday, August 18 at 3 p.m. at the home of Living Waters Christian Fellowship at the Waverly Village Hall. This facility is not handicapped accessible.

Memorials will be donated to various missions that Jim and Mary support.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family.

10 Guestbook Entries

  1. Gene Stifter

    I extend my sincere condolences to Mary and Jim’s kids. He was a great man and I will always remember him for his kindness and friendly manner. He was a tremendously generous part of the Winsted community and he will be greatly missed.

    Gene and Sue Stifter

  2. Angela Neff

    I will forever cherish the memories I have of Uncle Jim–from the everyday quiet wisdom he shared with me, to the fun of canoeing and portaging through the Boundary Waters of Canada, to the family history he shared with me on my last visit. His tremendous faith in the Lord has enriched my life and his guidance in these past years since my father died was a blessing. To Aunt Mary and my cousins and their children I send my love and prayers–he will live on in our hearts and we will see him again. I love you guys.

  3. Ron and Sue Wagener

    Mary, You are in our prayers.

  4. Colin J. Edwards

    Mary and the Neff family, we feel your loss keenly and at this time are praying for God’s comfort and peace for you that passes all understanding. Simultaneously, we rejoice at having known Jim and shared life and ministry with him for the glory of God. He will be missed, but our confidence is that we will see him again and that he’s now with the Lord and has his voice back!

  5. Kim D. Babatz

    God must have said it was time to return home. I will miss him and plan to be able to visit with him some time in the future. Love, Kim

  6. Carol Pulley

    Wishing you all God’s perfect peace.
    It can be said of Jim “well done good and faithful servant”

  7. Sally (Krohn) Sweet

    I first met Jim when he would drive to Chippewa Falls every month to attend that ALS Support Group that his brother and I had started. Jim’s prayer life was a part of how I met Lew. I had been praying for someone to share the Gospel with on a personal basis. Unbeknownst to me, at the same time, Jim had been praying for someone to share the Gospel with Lew. God answered both of our prayers and I believe Lew and Jim are now both rejoicing in Heaven together!

  8. Mary Ireland

    I was so very saddened when I heard of Jim’s death. He was so very kind to me and my son over the years. He was a wonderful man and touched the lives of so many people in wonderful ways. I am proud to have known him. God bless him and his family.

  9. Roxanne Skogerboe

    So very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing – what a wonderful and loving father and community leader he was. He was an inspiration to others sharing his love and devotion of Christ on his many mission trips. God bless!

  10. Glenda Magtanong

    Dear Dr. Neff,
    Upon hearing the news, my eyes swell with tears and my heart aches for we have lost a man with unwavering faith, a heart for others and a life dedicated to serving and not being served. The very same day I met you in the mission fields of Apayao, 2007, I saw and felt the maturity and strength of your faith and so that night, as a young Christian, I prayed to God to guide me and mold me to have the same level of faith you have. What a blessing to have worked with you in the fields–from Apayao to Palawan–you truly had such an impact on my life and on others. We mourn your loss but the Heavens are celebrating your homecoming–welcoming such a brave soldier of the Lord! You remain an inspiration and through you, many souls have been saved. You will be missed in the fields but your legacy lives on!

    Glenda Magtanong


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