Jesse J. Neff

June 23, 2021

Jesse J. Neff, 83, of rural Frankfort, died Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on September 26, 1937 in Michigan City, Ind. to Frank and Dorothy (Reagan) Neff.  He married Jenita Hooton on January 1, 1962 in Antioch and she preceded him in death on September 25, 2018.

Jesse was a 1956 graduate of Jackson Township High School and served in the United States Army.  He was a lifelong farmer and was a bus driver for Clinton Prairie School Corporation.  He was a member of Scotland Christian Church.  His other memberships included the Moose Lodge and American Legion, both in Frankfort.  He enjoyed fixing up old cars.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Monday, June 28, 2021 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort.  Friends may also visit Tuesday 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 10:30 a.m. at Scotland Christian Church, 4001 East Scotland Road, Kirklin.  Pastor Steve Coultas will officiate.  Burial will be in Scotland Cemetery, Kirklin, Ind.  Memorial donations may be made to the Clinton County Humane Society, P.O. Box 455, Frankfort, IN  46041. 

Survived by:

Surviving are his Sons: Brad Neff of Frankfort and John Neff of Guerneville, CA; Daughter: Penny Dougherty of Emerson, GA; Sister: Nancy Neff of rural Frankfort; 7 Grandchildren; and 4 Great-Grandchildren.  

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brothers: Frank Neff, Jr. and Charles Neff.


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20 Condolences for “Jesse J. Neff”

  1. Keith Hodgen June 23, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    What a good man. Many memories from being at the house, he & Marvin helping dad combine with those Massey’s, driving the school bus and always as friendly as they come. Sorry for your loss John, Penny & Brad. You all are in my prayers. May you find peace in the midst of this storm. God Bless.

  2. Cindy Webb June 24, 2021 at 9:47 am

    So sorry your father was a very kind man. Prayers for you all.

  3. Donna Bitner Denton June 24, 2021 at 11:33 am

    Sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you!

  4. Katy Lock June 24, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    Nancy, I am so sorry to see of Jesse’ s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  5. Nicki Stillings June 24, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Sorry to see this. I have good memories of working with you at CP back in the 80s.

  6. Gene Swackhamer June 25, 2021 at 9:45 am

    Gene and Sharon Swackhamer of Cockeysville, Maryland, extend their condolences to the Jesse Neff family. Gene and Jesse were classmates at Jackson High School. It was always a pleasure to be around Jesse; I never saw him ruffled or mad at any time.


  7. Norm Reagan June 26, 2021 at 8:31 am

    Nancy, Brad, John and Penny

    Very sorry for your loss, may God comfort each of you. I have many great memories of Jesse, a good and kind man. God bless each of you.

  8. Steve and Carol Reents June 26, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    This is a story to tell of the kindness of your father. Our son, Jason, was a special needs child. Jesse soon found out that Jason loved to ride the “full” bus route as the bus went past our house twice on the evening run. It meant so much to us to see Jason getting to enjoy life. Even after Jason no longer attended school, your dad would always ask how Jason was doing. We haven’t seen Jesse in a while and we don’t know if he knew that Jason had died. I would like to think and the two of them have met up and Jesse is taking Jason on the “full bus ride” again. What a nice man your father was and we know you will miss him.

    • John Neff July 21, 2021 at 6:50 am

      Thank You, Steve and Carol.
      I remember Jason riding the bus as long as he could. I was proud that my father made it a point to make Jason a priority. It was a life lesson that I’ll never forget. I’m sorry to hear of Jason’s passing. May he rest in peace. I hope they are riding that bus and just cruising along until that last stop. Thank You for your kind words. I’ll never forget them.

  9. Kathy June 27, 2021 at 11:10 am

    So sorry for the loss of your father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. We pray for peace and comfort for you and your loved ones at this difficult time. We are very grateful to be a part of Jesse’s life for the last 20 years. I knew him as a kind and gentle man. Lots of love and prayers to you all. Aunt Kathy & Aunt Dana

  10. Lisa Taylor Rhine June 27, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    Penny and Family,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Hugs are being sent to you all.

  11. Bill & Lora Layton June 27, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    So sorry to see that Jesse passed. Our sympathy to all the Neff family. Remember hauling hogs for Jesse & Jenita.

  12. Cheryl Farr June 27, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    My thoughts are prayers are with our family. He was a wonderful man. Loved coming to the farm. All my love. Cheryl (Hooton) Farr

    • John Neff July 21, 2021 at 6:40 am

      Thank you Cheryl! So nice to hear from you. I hope you and the rest of the family are well.

  13. Rose Austin June 28, 2021 at 7:25 am

    Penny I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was a great guy. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. Kathy Franklin June 28, 2021 at 9:33 am

    I pray for your strength to get through this trying time. I really hope for peace for you and your family. May your Dad rest in peace and once again be reunited with your Mom in heaven.
    Travel safely.

  15. Robby Mundell June 28, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Penny, You are in my thoughts and prayers with Jesse’s passing. Your dad was a good man, as was your Mom. I have great memories growing up that include your mom and dad, the forced-air fireplace insert that was so welcome in one memory when Cheryl, Pete, You and I went horseback riding in the snow. Your mom made hot chocolate and we warmed ourselves around your fireplace after. There are many memories from us in high school – good memories. I’m glad we share them. I’m keeping you actively in my payers and my thoughts.

    Love and condolences,
    Rob, Bobbi, Morgan & Alex Mundell

  16. Jack Clemens June 28, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    To the Neff Family,

    So sorry for your loss. Jesse was a great guy and I enjoyed working with him as a bus driver at Clinton Prairie for several years.

    Jack Clemens

  17. Brett and Nancy Decker June 28, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    Brad, John, and Penny…..sorry to hear about your dad. Just know you all are in our prayers. What a good and gentle man he was.

  18. Nicki Stillings August 10, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Sorry to see this – I remember Nancy from high school and always enjoyed Brad, Penny, and John. Jenita, you were a good co-worker when I first started working at Clinton Prairie.

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