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Weerts Funeral Home

3625 Jersey Ridge Rd, Davenport, IA

OBITUARY

Gerald Jacob Neff Sr.

July 8, 1935July 23, 2020
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Gerald J. (Jerry) Neff, Sr., 85, of Eldridge, Iowa, passed away on July 23, 2020 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, surrounded by loved ones. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. A private family service will be held. Burial will take place at Oakdale Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Eldridge Volunteer Fire Department or St. Paul Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be left at www.weertsfh.com

Jerry was born on July 8, 1935 in Davenport, Iowa, the son of Jacob Neff and Marguerite (Niemeyer) Neff. He married Barbara Carstensen on November 13, 1954 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Davenport. Jerry worked for the City of Davenport street department as an equipment operator and foreman until 1966, when he partnered with Floyd “Sparky” Winegarten to start Jerry and Sparky’s Bicycle Shop. Over the next 50+ years, Jerry and Sparky’s became a Davenport institution, and “Senior” was a fixture in the local community.

Jerry took the most pride, however, in the family he raised and loved his entire life. He is survived by his wife Barbara, Eldridge; son Gerald Jr. (Tammy), Eldridge; granddaughter Jennifer (Benjamin) Bekel, Eldridge; great-grandson Jacob Bekel; niece Barbara (Joe Luntz) Reis, Davenport; great-nephews Thomas (Corrina) Eriksen and their daughter Rachel, Eldridge; and Matthew Eriksen and his daughter Madelyn, Davenport.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Shirley Reis.

  • FAMILY

  • Jacob Neff, Father (deceased)
  • Marguerite (Niemeyer) Neff, Mother (deceased)
  • Barbara Carstensen, Wife
  • Gerald Jr. (Tammy), Son
  • Jennifer (Benjamin) Bekel, Granddaughter
  • Jacob Bekel, Great Grandson
  • Barbara (Joe Luntz) Reis, Niece
  • Thomas (Corinna) Eriksen, Great Nephew
  • Rachel, Thomas and Corrina's daughter
  • Matthew Eriksen, Great Nephew
  • Madelyn, Matthew's daughter
  • He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Shirley Reis.
  • DONATIONS

  • Eldridge Volunteer Fire Department
  • St. Paul Lutheran Church

Services

  • Visitation Weerts Funeral Home

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Memories

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Georgie Herr

August 2, 2020

Jerry will be missed. My husband so enjoyed running numbers by him and dropping and picking up books so they could laugh together. He kept all our bikes in great shape and my boys were especially rough on them. He never let us down. He was a wonderful friend through the years (since 1966). May his family remember all those good times.

Richard Kroeger

July 28, 2020

Jerry Neff Sr
Sorry to hear that I lost my friend and one of the Neff Family. The Neff Family is one of the Best Families I have ever known.
This is Rich (now retired) one of the Schwinn Sales Guys. The Neff Family operated one of the Best Schwinn stores in the Country.
When I was riding on my Schwinn AirDyne this morning. I remembered that I got this from Jerry and Sparky's it even still has the store decal on it :) While riding this morning, I had wonderful memories of the Neff Family.
The first one was of Jerry and Barb riding on a Schwinn Tandem bike together and the smiles on their faces!
Jerry always helped others with his big smile and kindness. He has touched so many lives and families, including mine.

Jennifer Bekel

July 28, 2020

Jennifer Bekel

July 28, 2020

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Biography

Gerald J. (Jerry) Neff, Sr., 85, of Eldridge, Iowa, passed away on July 23, 2020 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, surrounded by loved ones. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. A private family service will be held. Burial will take place at Oakdale Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Eldridge Volunteer Fire Department or St. Paul Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be left at www.weertsfh.com

Jerry was born on July 8, 1935 in Davenport, Iowa, the son of Jacob Neff and Marguerite (Niemeyer) Neff. He married Barbara Carstensen on November 13, 1954 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Davenport.
Jerry worked for the City of Davenport street department as an equipment operator and foreman until 1966, when he partnered with Floyd “Sparky” Winegarten to start Jerry and Sparky’s Bicycle Shop. Over the next 50+ years, Jerry and Sparky’s became a Davenport institution, and “Senior” was a fixture in the local community.

Jerry took the most pride, however, in the family he raised and loved his entire life. He is survived by his wife Barbara, Eldridge; son Gerald Jr. (Tammy), Eldridge; granddaughter Jennifer (Benjamin) Bekel, Eldridge; great-grandson Jacob Bekel; niece Barbara (Joe Luntz) Reis, Davenport; great-nephews Thomas (Corrina) Eriksen and their daughter Rachel, Eldridge; and Matthew Eriksen and his daughter Madelyn, Davenport.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Shirley Reis.