Clarence R. Neff, 93, formerly of Ronks, was welcomed into his heavenly home on Friday, November 11, 2016. He was the husband of the late Ellen I. (Rutt) Neff. They had been married over 70 years. He was a resident of Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community for nine years.
After retiring from farming, Clarence worked at Leaman Place Store for over 20 years. He later served the Amish community as a driver, continuing until the age of 92. Clarence volunteered for Paradise Area Meals on Wheels and various thrift stores.
Clarence was a devout follower of Jesus. He was a longtime member of the former Mount Pleasant Mennonite Church, where he served as Deacon for 23 years. He was most recently a member of Kinzer Mennonite Church. At both churches, he served in many capacities such as song leader, Sunday school teacher, and treasurer. Clarence’s love for people was evident in his time spent visiting and taking those in need into his home. He enjoyed singing in the Gap Area Men’s Chorus and most recently in the QPRC Choir. Some of his hobbies include shuffleboard, dominos, puzzles, and games with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Born in Paradise Township, he was the son of Chester and Ruth (Hershey) Neff. Clarence is survived by his children; Mel, married to Dot (Groff) of Ronks, Ann, married to Bob Eshleman of Paradise, Mabel Merk of Strasburg, Don, married to Doris (Hershey) of Paradise, Clair, married to Nancy (Illingworth) of Landisville, and Joyce, married to Chris Slabaugh of Quarryville, and adopted daughter Kathy, married to Michael Frick of Hummelstown, 18 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, a sister, Elizabeth, married to John Brubaker of QPRC, and a brother, Earl, married to Marian (Leaman) of Quarryville. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter in 1945, a grandson Dustin Neff, and a brother, Lester.
The family would like to thank the staff at QPRC for their kindness, loving care, and excellent service.
There will be a viewing on Monday, November 14, from 6 PM to 8 PM at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community, 625 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, PA and again Tuesday, November 15 from 10 AM until 11 AM at Grace Point Church of Paradise, 8 South Singer Avenue, Paradise, PA. The funeral will begin at 11 AM in the church. Interment will follow at Paradise Mennonite Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution to MCC U.S., 21 South 12th Street, PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501-0500.