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John Donovan Neeland 1930 - 2012
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — John Donovan Neeland died at his home in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Jan. 12. The son of Donovan and Mary Agnes "Mamie" (Risse) Neeland, he was born in Great Bend on Nov. 6, 1930. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1949 and attended Kansas State University. On Jan. 31, 1953, he married Elaine Habiger. They later divorced. He then married Imogene Wilson. She died on Jan. 3, 1994. He married Emma Greenlee on May 31, 1995, in Colorado Springs. She died on Oct. 2, 2009. He was involved in farming and ranching before leaving Kansas in 1995 when he moved to Colorado. He was employed in the banking industry in Kansas and Colorado until his retirement. He was city treasurer of Great Bend for 20 years. He enjoyed civic clubs and reading.

Mr. Neeland served his country in the Armed Forces during the Korean War, stationed in Germany. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elks, American Legion and Eagles of Great Bend and Colorado Springs. He was a current member of the VFW Honor Guard in Colorado Springs. He was of the Catholic faith and was a 50-year member of the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his four children, Dennis (Rosalind) Neeland of Great Bend, David (Linda) Neeland of Radium, Nancy (Leland) Neeland-Barnes of Hutchinson, and Michael (Carol) Neeland of Wassenaar, The Netherlands; four stepchildren, Nancy Greenlee and John Greenlee, both of Kansas City, Becky Stoppel of Holcomb, and Diane Elmore of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a sister Christie (Charles) Keeler of Great Bend; 11 grandchildren, Hillary (Aaron) Emerson, Graham Neeland, Amy Neeland, Robert (Jesse) Neeland, Mark Neeland, Wyatt Neeland, Rachel Barnes, Allison Barnes, Ellery Barnes, Kelsey Neeland, and Luke Neeland; and two great-grandchildren, Elaine Emerson and Carston Neeland. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Paul Neeland and Michael Neeland; and a sister Zita Kreutzer.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Great Bend with Father Reginald Urban officiating. Inurnment will be at the Great Bend Cemetery. There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place. Memorials are suggested to the Golden Belt Humane Society or Holy Family School, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at


Funeral arrangements provided by

Bryant Funeral Home*

1425 Patton Road

Great Bend, KS 67530

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 18, 2012