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Robert D. Neff

November 6, 1952 - January 11, 2019

Burial Date January 19, 2019

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 2-5 p.m. & 6-7 p.m. at English Lutheran Church in Bluffton. Services will be held at 7:00 p.m., Friday at English Lutheran Church, Bluffton.

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Robert “Bob” D. Neff, 66, passed away Friday morning, January 11, 2019 at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay. He was born November 6, 1952 in Bluffton, Ohio to Richard and Beulah (Burkholder) Neff who preceded him in death. On May 6, 1978, Bob married Nancy (Schumacher) Neff, who survives.
Bob was a graduate of Bluffton High School, received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Ohio State University and became a registered architect in the state of Ohio.
Prior to opening his own architectural firm in 1986, he worked at Automated Building Components, North Baltimore; Rooney & Musser, Architects, Findlay; Munger, Munger & Associates, Architects, Toledo; and Herbert W. Rettig & Associates, Inc., Lima. As a Bluffton native, one of the joys of his professional life was being chosen as the architect for the Bluffton Town Hall renovations. Bob officially retired December 31, 2018.
On November 7, 1985, one day after his 33rd birthday, Bob received a heart transplant at Presbyterian University Hospital in Pittsburgh. On November 7th, 2018 he celebrated the 33rd anniversary of his transplanted heart. Bob, one of the longest surviving single heart transplant recipients in the world, considered himself blessed for being given the gift of a “2nd“ life.
Bob was a member of the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce board from 2007-2012, and a founding member of Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs (BCE). As a lifelong member of English Lutheran Church in Bluffton, he served over the years as a church council member, member of various committees and a Sunday school teacher.
Surviving are a daughter, Rachel (Brian) Crawford of Brownsburg, Indiana and a son, Rob (Jaime) Neff of Ada, Ohio; 5 grandchildren: Caden, Gavin and Madison Crawford, Makenzie and Carter Neff; four siblings, Deb (Milo) Luginbuhl of Lima, Tricia (Joe) Herrmann of Bluffton, Bryan (Gail) Neff of Bluffton, and Neil Neff of Bluffton.
Bob was preceded in death by a brother, Kevin Neff.
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 2-5 p.m. & 6-7 p.m. at English Lutheran Church in Bluffton. Services will be held at 7:00 p.m., Friday at English Lutheran Church, Bluffton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the English Lutheran Church-Building Fund.

 

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