OBITUARY

Sterling R. Neff

August 29, 1940April 30, 2021
Play Tribute Movie

Sterling Ross Neff, 80 of Washington, WV, passed away Friday, April 30, 2021 at WVU Medicine Camden Clark. He was born August 29, 1940 in Glenville, WV, a son of the late James and Nora Neff. After attending 13 different schools, Ross was a 1959 graduate of Parkersburg High School. He then went on to serve in the United States Navy from 1961 to 1967. After settling down in Parkersburg, he met and married his wife of 51 years, Betty Louise (Stephens) Neff while working at Marbon. He spent a lifetime enjoying spending time with his family and teaching fire and safety and confined space rescue. Ross was employed by Marbon/ Borg Warner/ GE Plastics from 1965 until he retired in 2000. Those left behind to cherish his memory include his daughters, Leah (Stan) Ostrow of Baltimore, MD, Susannah (Del) Turner of Washington, WV; two grandsons, Evan Ostrow and Eric Ostrow; brothers, Rodney Neff of Houston, TX; Stan (Beverly) Neff of Belpre, OH; sister, Kellie (Rick) Kelley of Glen Allen, VA; sister-in-law, Lucy Stephens of Belpre, OH; and 13 nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Louise Stephens Neff; sister, Starling Neff Wiles; brother-in- law, Ron Wiles; nephew, Michael Paul Kelley. Funeral Services will be 11 A.M. Thursday May 6, 2021 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. Wednesday May 5, 2021 at the funeral home. An online guestbook for condolences is available at www.sunsetparkersburg.com. Sunset Memorial Funeral Home is honored to assist the Neff family.

Services

  • Visitation:

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

  • Funeral Service:

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

  • Burial:

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

Memories

Sterling R. Neff

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Leah Ostrow

May 4, 2021

Dear Dad,
I can’t believe I’m writing this as I’m so heartbroken. I will forever cherish all the great memories you have given me. You were the most selfless and caring dad and granddad. You always gave Susie and me unconditional love and support no matter what. I’m so happy I have the memories of watching Evan and Eric’s football games with you. You were so proud of them in all of their endeavors. I’m going to miss hearing your Navy stories, your silly jokes and attempting some of your brain teasers that I was always so bad at. I love my “diamond” ring and pin as I’m sure countless others do too. I’ll think of you every time I look at it. What I wouldn’t give to tailgate with you one more time, cheer our boys on with you once again, make Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve dinners for you again, make another huge batch of party mix or ghoulash, or just sit in my car eating breakfast while watching the squirrels with you. Your dedication and admiration for Mom was like nothing I’ve ever seen. I’ll never forget you Dad and I hope I’ve made you proud! I love you Dad! Rest easy and 10-4! Love, Leah

Susie Neff

May 4, 2021

Dad, I miss you so much and love you so much. You weren't just my Dad, but one of my very best friends. You and Mom both were great role models and gave Leah and me a great home life. You've welcomed our friends in as family and Leah and I have both inherited that giving spirit that we saw you and Mom practice any and every time that you could. I love your endless tricks and puzzles. I love knowing how to remove a button holer, build a nail balance, and replace a kitchen faucet and sink. You were always ready to teach someone something to make them better at what they are doing. You attended all my Vienna Rec basketball, hockey, and softball games; and even though I know I lacked any and all sport skills, I always knew you'd be there cheering me on anyway. You and Mom traveled to my crew races and to Leah's band competitions to support us in every thing that we do. I don't think there was ever an outing where something funny didn't happen to us. You were one of the best story-tellers I've ever known. Your devotion to Mom was amazing. You helped her all along and you faced her cancer head on and didn't miss a beat. I'm going to miss watching football with you. You would always play the slow motion reviews in even slower motion so we could check out the plays. One thing I know for sure... Dad, you will always live in my heart, just like Mom does, and I know I can still talk things out to you just like I do with Mom. My heart is broken, but love will help mend it and I know I will never be alone. I will truly miss you every day of my life. I would give anything to have one more bear hug from you. I love you Dad so much. Good night.

Michael Stern

May 4, 2021

Ross was a great guy. I loved tailgating with him at the Shepherd football games and eating whatever spicy cheese and chips he brought. He stumped me on many of his riddles as well. He will be missed.

Debbi Stern

May 4, 2021

Ross was such a kind man. He welcomed us into his family immediately as we shared many holiday meals and special occasions. He was so proud of his daughters and grandsons. He loved his trips to Shepherd to root on the boys, Ross was beaming with pride. I’ll always cherish my “Diamond Ring”. Leah, I’m always here for you, you were a wonderful daughter. We love you so much!! Cherish the memories, you were so blessed.

Bernie Moyer

May 3, 2021

This was a very WONDERFUL man and I taught Many Many fire classes with this man. He will be very much missed in the fire service. REST IN PEACE MY MAN YOU EARNED IT.

Edna Summers

May 3, 2021

I feel very privileged to have known your mom and your dad. Betty and I went to junior high school together. Back then, Betty had a very strong arm, so playing dodge ball against her was dangerous and I had many bruises to prove it. I met Ross several years ago when they started attending the PHS Class of 1961 monthly luncheons. What a wonderful and devoted couple they made! The compassion and sincere love that flowed between them was refreshing to be around. Hopefully, knowing that they were loved and respected for their contributions to their community and their family, should give you so much pride and comfort. Your mom and dad were so proud of you and your children. It has been a privilege for me to have known them and to have met your families. My prayers go out to you and please remember that the spirit of your parent will always be with you. God bless and keep you in His Loving Arms.
Edna F DUFFIELD Summers

Barbara Ostrow

May 3, 2021

Ross was such a kind and gental man.
His daughters loved him unconditionally!
What a fun person to be around..always teaching you tricks and games
I loved him and Betty and will surely miss both of them.

Bill Morris

May 2, 2021

Knew Ross for many many years, having worked together, always a gentleman and friend, my condolences to his love ones and family.
He will be missed, my prayers.

Les Paul

May 2, 2021

An old friend who will not be forgotten for his kindness and virtuous life. Always fun to be around and share time with. A blessing to know him and his wife Betty for so many years.
My love to the family.

Les Paul

Stephanie Wiles

May 1, 2021

Not only was he my Uncle, but he was also my Godfather....to say he will be missed is an understatement. My best memories of Uncle Ross will always include the many puzzles, riddles, word problems, gadgets, etc that he had on hand every time we were together.
Always loved, never forgotten.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY