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Anthony Neff

Anthony V. “Tony” Neff, 90, of Smithton, IL, born August 25, 1926, in Paderborn, IL, died Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at Legacy Place in Waterloo, IL.     

Mr. Neff was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL, and a member of the of the Holy Name Society at church. Tony was a Korean War veteran and a lifelong member and past commander of American Legion Smithton GEM Post #937. He was a member of St. Clair County Farm Bureau and Smithton Commercial Club, and a past board member for Smithton Township and the Smithton Lumber Company. Tony was a long-time bowler and bowled in many tourneys; including the Farm Bureau and Legion Tournaments, and was also league secretary for Panorama Lanes. He helped start the Smithton Community Bingo and St. John’s Quilt Bingo, and managed the peach stand at the Smithton picnics. He enjoyed playing softball and played on both the Farm Bureau league and his church league.  Tony was a skilled card player, Cardinals fan, blood donor, and a lifetime farmer.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Arlene K., nee Speichinger, Neff, whom he married on November 21, 1950, and who died on August 28, 2015; his parents, Peter and Cecelia, nee Brielmaier, Neff; a brother, Herbert (Helen) Neff; a sister, Rita (Sylvester “Pete”) Zoeller; and three brothers-in-law, Robert Speichinger, Roy Speichinger, and William Speichinger.

Surviving are four sons and a daughter,
Michael (Cynthia) Neff of Belleville, IL,
    Kathleen (Matt) Yarber of Smithton, IL,
Steven (Lynn) Neff of Treynor, IA,
    Richard (Karen) Neff of Belleville, IL,
    and Gerald (Susan) Neff of Goshen, OH;
nine grandchildren,
Aaron Neff, Ryan Neff, Sara (Michael) Renneker,
Brent (fiancee Danielle Eckert) Yarber,
Kimberly Yarber, Ethan (Chanelle) Neff, Amanda (fiance Tony Hummert) Neff,
Zachary Neff, Andrew Neff;
two step-grandchildren, Steven Fischer and Austin Fischer;
two great-grandchildren, Kayla Renneker and Evan Renneker;
two brothers, Lorraine “Beanie” (Helen) Neff,
and Cyril (Janet) Neff;
a brother-in-law, Leo (Alice) Speichinger;
two sisters-in-law, Marilyn (Orville) Haudrich,
    and Ruth Speichinger;
and nieces, nephews, and many friends.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Legacy Place, Hospice of Southern Illinois, and Homeinstead for their kindness shown to Dad.

Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Building Fund, Hospice of Southern Illinois or Greater St. Louis Honor Flight.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 4, 2017 at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Smithton, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, June 5, 2017, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 5, 2017, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL, with Reverend Stanley Konieczny officiating.  Burial with military honors will follow at St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Smithton, IL.                  

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Condolences Left For Anthony Neff

    To the family of Mr. Anthony Neff, my family and I are covering you all in prayer as you lay to rest your loved one. It is our prayer that the peace and comfort of God abide with you during this very challenging time.

    With Sympathetic Hearts,

    The Darden Family

    Raphaelle P. Darden, St. Louis, Missouri, 63113

    Steve, Lynn and Ethan please know I am keeping you all in my prayers. I'm so thankful to have visited with Tony at Ethan's graduation. I know he will be dearly missed by many.

    Vicky Tillman, Lees Summit, Missouri, 64063

    Heartfelt sympathy to you.

    John Freiling, Saint Simons Island, GA, 31522

    Our most heartfelt sympathy to your family from the Bea and Joe Schneider family. Tony and Arlene were good friends, and we share your sadness at their loss. Offering our prayers and wishing you peace in this difficult time.
    Bea Schneider, Elaine, Alan, Eric, Valerie and Laurie

    Beatrice Schneider, Collinsville, IL, 62234

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