Kenneth Dean Neahring

October 10, 1947 - June 19, 2022

Neahring, KennethKenneth Dean Neahring, age 74, of Geneva, formerly of Kaneville, passed away surrounded by the love and prayers of his family on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19, 2022.

He was born October 10, 1947, in Princeton to loving parents Doris and Ivan “Spud” Neahring. Ken grew up on his family farm in Sheffield and graduated from Manlius High School. After graduating from Western Illinois University, Ken enlisted in the Army Reserves.

Ken “Coach” began his teaching career in 1970 at Franklin Center and coached basketball, track, and football. Franklin Center was where he had a pivotal impact on students and players. In 1980, the varsity boys’ basketball team qualified for the super sectionals, a highlight in Coach’s career! As a former player commented “A good coach affects a game. A GREAT coach affects a life and creates a memory that lasts a lifetime.” Most importantly, he consistently exemplified what it was to be a good man.

Ken later met his future wife, or as he called her “his beautiful bride” Deborah (Hoy) in Dixon, IL. It is there where they started their love story on Veteran’s Day when they met doing laundry. They were married on February 18, 1978, at St. Patricks’ Church in Dixon, IL.

Ken then started at Kaneland High School in 1986 teaching drivers’ education and physical education as
well as coaching varsity basketball, football, and softball. During this time, Ken also coached at
Waubonsee Community College in which they had their most successful season in school history. Ken
coached at Hinckley-Big Rock and alongside his son Jeff at Oswego East High School. He worked hard
and always added another job to teaching or coaching to provide for his family, sacrificing his own wants
to make memories with his family.

Some memorable moments during these years includes two regional titles for basketball, taking
Waubonsee Community College basketball team to 7 th place for their first appearance in the national
tournament, leading the 2000 Kaneland Softball team to the state finals and being inducted into the
Illinois Basketball Coaching Association Hall of Fame in 2015. In his retirement he continued to drive the
bus and coach golf for Kaneland High School for the next 19 years, because he loved the connections
and relationships he made. Those were his glory days.

In his retirement, Ken enjoyed boating on the lake, touring baseball stadiums, biking along the river,
golfing with his friends and grandchildren and made his first hole in one. Ken enjoyed traveling with Deb
to new destinations including Rome and a Riverboat cruise along the Rhein River. He was always rooting
for the Los Angeles Dodgers and even got the chance of a lifetime to attend two World Series games!

He loved the basic-good things in life; a huge garden, a well-kept yard, a home cooked meal, visiting
family and friends, and attending Sunday mass. He cherished his time with his family, and you could
always find him outside either working in the yard or playing with his kids and grandkids. He is
unmistakably a “Neahring”, disciplined, hard-working and kind. He always gave credit to everyone else
and lead by example.

Ken wasn’t someone who was taken from us, he was someone who was given to us. He will be missed
by his loving wife of 44 years, Deb, five children: Jeff (Marti) Neahring, Michelle (Tim) Yocum, Katherine
Hess, Liz Neahring and Ivan Angulo and Kristina Neahring; 5 grandchildren: Kelsie and Katie Neahring,
Hayden Hess, and Austin and Morgan Yocum. He is survived by his four siblings: John, Larry, Robert, and
Joy. He is now reunited with his parents, Doris and Ivan Neahring and his infant brother, Richard.

Visitation will be from 4-8pm on Thursday June 23, 2022, at Moss-Norris Funeral Home in St. Charles.
Funeral services will be Friday June 24 th at noon at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church 400 Cedar Street, St.
Charles, IL. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery in St. Charles, IL. In lieu of flowers, contributions can
be made to Accent Care Hospice in Naperville, IL or Alzheimer’s Association.

Guest Book

  • Jennifer Voirol My condolences to Michelle and the entire family during this difficult time. I had always liked your dad and he was nothing but nice to me during my years at Kaneland. I pray for a time of healing, a time of remembrance and a time of love and support of one another.
  • Steve Doty Our heartfelt sympathy to Deb and the Neahring family. Ken was a terrific man whose friendship dates back to our Little League days in Manlius. We were able to keep in touch over the years and that I am very grateful for. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word and will be missed immensely.
  • VICKIE WOOD Jeff and family you are in my thoughts and prayers as you deal with the days ahead. Cherish the memories.
  • Kelly and Dennis DeDecker Jeff, Marti, and family, You are on our hearts and in our prayers as you go through this difficult time. If there is anything we can do for your family let us know.
  • Meg & Bob Hemmerich Deb (and family), our thoughts and prayers are with you. From what we've read, Ken had a amazing life. We hope your memories of him are blessings that get you through these difficult days. God bless all of you.
  • DeWayne & Elke Allen To the Neahring family, May Ken Rest In Peace. May God comfort you in your grief and may your grief be lightened by pleasant memories of your time together. With our deepest sympathy, Elke and DeWayne