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David Watson "Wheely Neely" Neely

August 22, 1942 - March 1, 2021

MUNCIE- David Watson Neely, the last surviving child of Robert Buford Neely and Lavonia Burtys Watson Neely, slipped gently away from this life, in the

early morning hours of 1 March 2021, at the age of 78, after a short, but

valiant fight against Covid – 19 and other complications.

 

David was a gra…READ MORE

MUNCIE- David Watson Neely, the last surviving child of Robert Buford Neely and Lavonia Burtys Watson Neely, slipped gently away from this life, in the

early morning hours of 1 March 2021, at the age of 78, after a short, but

valiant fight against Covid – 19 and other complications.

 

David was a graduate of Muncie Central High School, before enlisting in

the US Army, serving his country in Germany and in the US. A lifelong

Bearcat who always liked to attend the games, cheering on his beloved

‘Cats, David was also a noted raconteur – especially regarding family

history and local politics. Later in life, he retired from Ball Brothers with

hopes of having more time with his beloved family.

 

David was also known by many lovingly bestowed nicknames throughout

his life – Goose, Duck, Uncle Duck and what might have been his most

favorite, later in life “Wheely Neely”, as he buzzed about in his wheelchair.

 

He left independent living to reside at Golden Living Center, where he made

many good friends among the staff and fellow residents, where he happily

volunteered his time when an extra set of hands came in handy. “Wheely

Neely “was also President of the Residents’ Association. Part of his giving

back to life was fundraising for Alzheimer’s research. “His gentle smile and

his attitude toward life earned him the respect and admiration of those who

knew him.

 

Preceding in death are his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Neely, his three

sisters – Christine, Ruth and Sharon (Susie) and his four brothers – Frank,

Joe, James and Robert, as well as the love of his life, Jackie Lipscomb and their

son, Patrick Lipscomb. Left to honor and memorialize his life are his beloved

daughter, Julie Neely Kendall (husband, Bobby) and two sons, David A. Neely

and Robert J. Neely, as well as Roberts’ son, Joshua. Also grieving the loss of

their beloved uncle are numerous nieces and nephews.

 

The family of David Watson Neely would like to thank the staff of Golden Living

Center for their kindness, care and compassion during his residence and brief

hospice care. The family is also grateful to the doctors and nursing staff at IU

Health / BMH for their care and compassion, which extended not just to David,

but to his family. We, the family of David Watson Neely, are grateful. Thank you.

 

The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.meeksmortuary.com

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