David Neifert, 64, was born February 21, 1957, to Keith and Audrey (Porter) Neifert, at Beloit, KS. He departed this life, April 19, 2021, after a constant battle of health issues. He grew up on a farm south of Glen Elder, KS, along with two sisters and a brother. He was a member of Friends Church and had accepted Christ as his Saviour at a young age.
He left home to farm on his own and lived on his granddad’s land near Ionia, KS. During this time, he met the love of his life, Kim and they were married October 10, 1981.
They made their home by Ionia and then later Glen Elder. To this union was born, a son, Dane and a daughter, Alecia. Later on he worked at the elevator in Glen Elder and then in Jewel, KS. In 1995, he moved his family to Stafford county, KS, where worked at the Radium Coop, running a spray rig and then eventually managing the fertilizer department there. In 2002, he had to retire due to his disability. In 2006, he earned an Associate’s Degree in Technical Accounting and did bookkeeping for D&M Marketing.
Dave took pride in his work and being able to provide for his family. He loved coyote hunting with his beloved greyhounds and later with just a rifle. His hobbies included playing poker, collecting guns, knives, Budweiser holiday mugs, and spending time with his pets. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and his most favorite thing of all was being a Papa to his four grandchildren.
His sense of humor and ornery streak gave him the ability to deal with all of the obstacles life threw at him, including two below the knee amputations and a below the elbow amputation and numerous health issues. He was a courageous fighter and never gave up. He was our hero. He was a very loyal person and he loved his family with his whole heart.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sisters, Janila Smith and Wanda Dunn. He leaves to mourn his wife, Kim Neifert of the home; a son, Dane Neifert of Salina, KS; a daughter, Alecia Keenan and son in law, Jared of Hoisington, KS; four grandchildren, Aubrey, Ayla, Jace and Jatyn; a brother, Dennis Neifert and his wife Carrie of Liberal, KS; his in laws, Ed and Frances Doak of Alva, OK; two brothers in law, David Dunn of Haysville, KS, and Perry Doak and life partner Diana Chavez of Fallbrook, CA; 4 nieces and their families; and many other friends and family members.
Visitation will be held from Noon to 9:00 p.m., Thursday, April 22, 2021, at Bryant Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 23, 2021, at Bryant Funeral Home, with Pastor Larry Schumacher presiding. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been designated to the David Neifert Medical Expense Fund, in care of Bryant Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, April 23, 2021