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NEFF, Phillip M. Age 65, of New Carlisle, OH, passed away Monday, October 14, 2013 after an unexpected illness. He was born on July 5, 1948 in Marion, Indiana to Howard and Martha Neff. After high school in Marion, he obtained a BS degree in mathematics from Indiana University and an MS degree in computer science from Ball State University. He pursued a career in information technology at Warner Gear and later at Ball State in Muncie, Indiana. In 1989 he accepted a position at Wright State University, managing the systems technology unit within the WSU computer center, from which he retired in 2009. Phil and his wife spent 23 years restoring a historic farmhouse near New Carlisle, where he happily pursued a wide range of interests, including carpentry, classical music, languages (German, Russian, Italian and Arabic), civil war history, miniature trains, golf, target shooting, and overseas travel. Phil is survived by his wife of 34 years, Kathryn; daughters, Laurel Fritzen of Chicago and Karen Patterson of Columbia City, Indiana; step-daughters, Shelby Hunkler of Gilbert, Arizona and Missi Stine of Fort Worth, Texas; sisters, Susan Lee of Phoenix, Arizona and Evelyn Norris of Hemlock, Michigan; 9 grandchildren and his beloved English bulldog Wellington. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 1-4 PM Friday, October 25, 2013 at the TROSTEL, CHAPMAN, DUNBAR and FRALEY FUNERAL HOME, New Carlisle, Ohio. A memorial service will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, October 26, 2013 in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the ASPCA or the National Cancer Research Center. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.trostelchapman.com
Published in Dayton Daily News on Oct. 20, 2013