Joseph Neeves

Joseph Neeves of Normal, IL passed away at age 99 on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. His funeral service will be held on Friday, August 18, 11:00 a.m. at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington. Rev. Larry Gaylord will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 17 at the Memorial Home. Following the funeral, burial will be at East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Bloomington, next to his best friend and soul mate, Lucile. Joseph was born in McLean, IL on July 28, 1918, the youngest of two sons of Nick and Ada Neeves. He married Lucile Wirrick of Stanford, IL on February 11, 1939. She preceded him in death on January 22, 1997. He is survived by five children: Robert (Phyllis) Neeves of Newark, DE; Charlotte (Jon) Fiese of Austin, TX; Sharon (Kenneth) Mohr
of Hudson, FL, Pat Loving of LaPorte, IN; and Kathy (Paul) Cudmore of Littleton, CO. Joe also had 13 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. During WWII as a sergeant, Joe was stationed in New Guinea where he served with the 5th Army Air Corps as a flying radio operator and communications specialist. Upon returning to McLean County, he worked for the former Normal Sanitary
Dairy. In 1947, he was employed by the Prudential Insurance Company as an agent and Joe served in that capacity in McLean County until his retirement. He also worked as a driver for Hertz Rental Cars.

Joe enjoyed fishing, golfing, woodworking, camping, traveling, and worldwide ham radio communications. He held the ARRL Extra Class License as a ham radio operator, call sign
KI9D, and he served as a tutor and ARRL examiner. He was a member of the Masons, Veterans of
Foreign Wars, and First Presbyterian Church. Between 1945 and 1955, Joe played a Martin tenor guitar and sang as a member of the Lumberjacks country-western band, performing at county
and state fairs in Illinois and on Friday nights for WJBC radio station. Family meant everything to Joe. He was loved dearly by his children, grand and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous friends. Joe was principled, truthful, fair, and loving. His hilarious personal
stories will be missed although never forgotten. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts should be made to The Baby Fold ( Online condolences may be made to

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