Thomas Neff Sr.

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Thomas Joseph “Tom” Neff Sr., 71, of Smithton, IL, born Aril 8, 1944, in Paderborn, IL, died Monday, March 14, 2016, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Neff was a retired operating engineer with Local 520.  He was also a farmer on the Neff family farm. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Paderborn, IL.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Gregory and Hedwig, nee Wachtel, Neff; two brothers, Stanley Neff and Norman Neff; a sister-in-law, Leann Mulholland; and three brothers-in-law, Donald Cortner, Donald Grohmann, and Donald Light.

Surviving are his wife of 39 years, April, nee Juenger, Neff, whom he married on February 11, 1977;
two daughters and a son, Catherine Asbridge of Smithton, IL,
Kelly Hill of Freeburg, IL,
and Thomas Jr. (Laura) Neff of Smithton, IL;
three very special grandchildren, Thomas Neff III, Olivia Asbridge, and Lacie Hill;
eight sisters, Loretta Chapman, Sister Hedwig “Gertrude” Neff, ASC,
Aurelia Bell, Dorothy (Bryce) Delancey, Celestine “Sally” Neff,
Alice Grohmann, Patricia Cortner, and Myra (James) Middendorf;
a brother, Cletus (Mary) Neff;
two sisters-in-law, Rosie Neff and Rita Neff;
six sisters-in-law, Mary Light, Dawn Juenger, Cindy (Steve) Galle, Patty (Dwight) Kern, Rosie Neff and Rita Neff;
a brother-in-law, Leo Juenger;
and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorials may be made to the Hecker Volunteer Fire Department or to the charity of the donor’s choice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

According to Tom’s wishes, cremation will be held.

Condolences Left For Thomas Neff Sr.

To the family of Tom. I was very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. I enjoyed knowing and working with him. My thoughts and prayers are with you . Please except my sympathy. Sincerely, Mark Forcade

Mark Forcade, Smithton, ILLINOIS, 62285


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