Deane "Butch" Alan Neff

January 8, 1944February 18, 2018

Deane “Butch” Alan Neff, of Fort Wayne, Indiana went to be with God on February 18, 2018 at Glenbrook Rehabilitation. He was born on January 8, 1944 in Logansport, Indiana to the late Ruthven Neff and Gloria Clella Neff. Butch was a devout Christian and loved God. Butch always called his home Glenbrook Rehab and was so proud of it. He enjoyed all activities there including the zoo, movies, bingo, pottery, eating out, music, church services, exercising, painting, and visiting all the residents and staff. Butch also loved receiving mail, nature, and his little job of helping fill the bird feeders at Glenbrook. His smile and his love for everyone will always be remembered by all who knew him. He will be missed by all his family and friends. Butch especially loved visiting his sister, DeeDee, and her dog, Bear, Bill and Linda Hambrick, and nephews, Kevin and Stu Hambrick at their homes. He also enjoyed family reunions in Culver, Indiana with his brother, John and all the family.

Surviving are his sister, “DeeDee” DeEtta Bear and brother, John Sage. He was also preceded in death by his step-mother, Louise (Catron) Neff and sister, Florence June Bair.

Memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Klaehn, Fahl, and Melton Funeral Home (6424 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46819) from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to the care of the family to DeEtta Bear.


  • Visitation Sunday, March 4, 2018

Deane "Butch" Alan Neff

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Paul & Becky Catron

March 4, 2018

Butch was a blessing to us and everyone he met. He has so many friends here in southern Illinois from every church his father served as interim pastor, our family, and neighbors, and he never forgot about any of them. Everything about Butch was genuine. The world would be a better place if we treated everyone like Butch did.

David and Kathryn Bair

March 3, 2018

Uncle Butch was always a gentle soul. So pleasant and curious and a memory that never failed. He loved his "Redlegs" and THE Buckeye's and would always ask how they were doing this year...although I think he already knew. We both always enjoyed seeing Uncle Butch, he always made Kathy feel welcome. After meeting her for the first time he could recite the names of her family back in Britain. We are both sad we are unable to make it to the service, but know he is forever remembered fondly, and is together with Grandpa, Uncle Tom, June and Pam in the hereafter.

Stu Hambrick

March 2, 2018

Butch was such a sweet and innocent soul. He was always so kind and always interested in what was going on in each of our lives. He had such a memory and could recall even the smallest details of past events. He was so honest and genuine in every way. I will miss him and never forget him and all the memories. I KNOW without a shadow of a doubt that he is with the almighty Creator and at peace and feeling better than he could ever imagine.

Bill Hambrick

February 22, 2018

We will not be able to be at the memorial celebration so would like to express here our sympathies to all of the friends and family of Butch.especially Dee, who has tirelessly advocated for him daily to insure he received the care and opportunities he needed. We especially thank her, for calling us while we were traveling, and putting her phone to his ear, to enable us to express our love and caring to him in his final hours. What a privilege and honor it has been to know Butch, and be part of his life. He shared so freely his always present contagious sweet smile, with all who knew him. Despite facing many life obstacles, he managed to maintain a loving spirit of kindness and goodness. Although I tried many time to help make his life better, it ended up it was he that made my life better. For Butch now..the strife is overthe battle won. Im not sure what it is like for him now, but I know he is at peace. I can envision him smiling, sipping on a strawberry milk shake from Steak and Shakewhile watching Ohio State win another gamebut I know its even better than that for him now. Rest in friend! We do know, the world is a better place, because he was here!
Bill and Linda Hambrick