Don Eugene Neely, 80, of Chanute, KS, passed away on Monday, August 19, 2019 in Chanute, KS. He was born on September 9, 1938 in Chanute, KS, the son of Herbert and Marie (Thornton) Neely. He graduated from Chanute High School in 1957. He married Cora Neagle and they later divorced. Don later married Marjorie Aikins in Miami, OK; she preceded him in death in 2000.
Don owned and operated Neely Battery Company in Chanute for 45 years; his service will be sorely missed. He enjoyed watching and supporting the local sport teams, CHS and NCCC. He also enjoyed watching the Royals, Chiefs and KU. Don was also a large supporter of the Chanute Fire Department and its safety programs. Don most of all enjoyed his grandkids and great-grandkids and sharing stories about their accomplishments. He will be greatly missed.
Don is survived by:
Children: Becky Riffle and husband, Scott, of Houston, TX, Randy Neely and wife, Mia, of Panama City, FL, Mark Neely of Overland Park, KS, Brenda Josey and husband, John, of Victoria, TX, Jack Aikins and wife, Bev, of Greely, KS, Tom Aikins of Chanute, KS; 12 Grandchildren; 9 Great-Grandchildren.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Marjorie; sons, Dale and Dean Aikins; brother, Irwin Neely and grandson, Eric Neely.
The family will receive friends on Friday, August 23, 2019 from 5-7 pm at Countryside Funeral Home Johnson Chapel in Chanute, KS. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 10 am at Memorial Park Cemetery in Chanute, KS. Online condolences may be left at: www.countrysidefh.com
The family suggests memorials to be made to Castaways Animal Shelter and to the Chanute Fire Department for Fire Safety Program. Services have been entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home, 101 N. Highland, Chanute, KS 66720.