Clarence Neer, 95, of Williston, passed away peacefully at the Arbor House in Williston on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.
Mr. Neer was born July 10, 1923, to Clarence W. Neer and Bertha M. (Czarnetzke) Neer in Alexander, McKenzie County, N.D. He completed his education in that community before joining the U.S. Navy and serving on the USS Braxton in WWII for two years.
He married Sophie Gladys Gorder, Nov. 16, 1946, in Sidney, Richland County, Mont. In 1950 they moved from Williston to Sidney where Clarence was employed by Larson Motors in the auto body department. In 1955 they moved to Poplar, Mont., where he started Neer’s Body Shop. He owned and worked the business 25 years until moving to Williston. In 1979, he worked as an insurance adjuster for Farmer’s Unions Insurance until September, 1981.
Sophie passed away and in August 1988, Clarence married Clara Bryant, his wife until his death.
The last few years of his life Mr. Neer attended the Lutheran Brethren Fellowship, but was a lifetime member of the Church of the Nazarene until his death. From the time of his conversion he was a devoted follower of Christ and considered a “pastor’s best friend.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Bertha Neer; his siblings, Helen, Gordon and Duane; his daughter-in-law, Judith A. (Ramlow) Neer and nephew, Paul Taylor.
Surviving members of the family are his sons, Allen (Diana) Neer of Caldwell, Idaho, Greg (Helen) Neer of Pella, Iowa; sister, Doretta (Emmett) Taylor of Williston, N.D.; nephew, Greg (Tina) Taylor of Bismarck, N.D.; five grandchildren and their spouses; three step-grandchildren and spouses; 13 great-grand children; and six step great-grandchildren.
His funeral service was held at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, at the Lutheran Brethren Fellowship Church in Williston. Pastor Ron Erickson officiated. Cremation followed the service. Inurnment will be in the spring in Riverview Cemetery, Williston.
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