A celebration of life for Jere Jay Neibarger, 80, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS. Private inurnment will be held at Hubbel Hill Cemetery in Tonganoxie, KS at a later date for both Jere and his wife June, who preceded him in death. They will be buried together.
Jere died Sunday, February 20, 2011. The body was cremated.
He was born September 28, 1930, in Tonganoxie. He was one of five children born to Walter and Tresa (Hukill) Neibarger. He grew up in Tonganoxie, Valley Falls, and Burlington, KS.
He married G. June Lesser Neibarger on January 9, 1965, at the Congregational Church in Tonganoxie. She died on December 5, 2010.
Jere served four years in the U.S. Marines including two years with the occupation forces in Japan. While in Japan he served six months in Tokyo with an honorary Military Police Unit for General Douglas McArthur. He also served one year during the Korean War. He later became a licensed pilot and FAA-certified master mechanic and was employed by Trans World Airlines and Boeing Airplane Company before joining Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, KS as a Technical Writer and then as Service Information Administrator for several years.
Jere later owned and edited three area newspaper and printing businesses over a fifteen-year period, including the Tonganoxie Mirror, the DeSoto News, and the Overbrook Citizen.
He worked for 18 years at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and retired as a Communications Technician in 1995.
Jere was a fifty-year member of the Albert Pike Masonic Lodge #303 in Wichita and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Lawrence.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and one brother.
He is survived by two daughters, Katrina Rodriquez, husband Jose, and son Marcus of Greenwood, IN, and Anna White, husband John, and daughter Amanda and son Ethan, of Lawrence; one son, Derek, wife Christine, and son Forrest and daughter Ashley Beiter of Lawrence; one brother, John E. of Clinton, MO; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2011, at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials to the Albert Pike Masonic Lodge #303, in care of the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
Messages & Condolences
We are saddened to hear of the loss of your parents/grandparents. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and hope that with each day that passes, you will gain the strength that you need to get through this trying time. Time will heal. Wade, Candi, Ava and Elle Cormaney
We can’t tell you how sorry we are to hear about the death of Jere. Both your parents were wonderful people and we greatly miss them. Our Deepest Sympathy for all of you.
Dave & Brenda
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
I am so sorry for the loss of your father. Jere was an amazing person, and I for one am glad to have known him.
May GOD be with you all during your time of grief.
Linda & Myrl Helton
Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with you all.
We are truly sorry for your loss. Uncle Jere was a wonderful man. He will be deeply missed by us all. We wish you our prayers, thoughts and love as you go through this difficult time.
Much love to you all,
Dave, Tammy and the Angels
We are so sorry to read about Jere’s passing. Words cannot express our sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Marcia, Steve, Justin, and Matt Riley
My heart goes out to all of you. If there is anything that I can do for you, please let me know. Uncle Jere meant the world to all of us and he will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers to you.
Our thoughts and prayers to the entire family in this sudden loss of Uncle Jere. We are thinking of you and wish to express our condolences. He was a great man and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
We are here if you need any of us.
Dan, Donna, & Kendra Araujo
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