Obituaries

Wesley Wayne Neu 1930 - 2012 Basehor

Wesley Wayne Neu was born on June 22nd, 1930 in Block, Kansas, child of Albert and Sophia Neu. The Neu family moved from Block to the area of Newton, KS, where he attended school and worked with the family farming. The family then later relocated to an area southwest of Topeka, KS, with dairy and family farming as their primary occupation. Wesley entered the United States Air Force in December, 1950 and served until 1954. He was stationed at Hickam Field in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was an A&E Mechanic, promoted to the rank of Flight Engineer, and also was put in charge of organizing a squadron of C-54 aircraft. His primary duties included scheduling this squadron to fly the wounded soldiers from the Korean War back to Hickam Field for medical treatment. After his military service he moved to Kansas City, KS, where he met and married Gloria Noah on September 13, 1960. They established their home in Basehor, KS, and raised their 5 sons. Wes and Gloria established Neu Plumbing and Heating Company in 1961. In 1996 they reorganized the company and established Heartland Plumbing and Heating with two of their sons. Gloria was secretary and treasurer until her illness in 1998.
Wesley was a member of Hope Lutheran Church and School, The Basehor Historical Society, the Basehor VFW Post #11499, Member of the National Register Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals. He was also a past member of the Basehor Chamber of Commerce and Basehor Gold Pride. He was an avid sports fan of K-State, car races, basketball, and football games.
Wesley is preceded in death by his wife Gloria in February 2002, his parents Albert and Sophia Neu, sister Dema Norcross, two brothers Deltan and Virgil Lee, and daughter Arlene Bliss Neu.
He is survived by one brother Weldo (Joanne of Carbondale, KS), sister-in-law Donna Neu (Topeka, KS), and brother-in-law Brenner Norcross (Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho). Additionally, his five beloved sons including Gregory (daughter-in-law Joyce of El Dorado Springs, Mo.), Kelly, Rick, Doug, and Duane, all of Basehor. He also derived great enjoyment from the blessing of four grandchildren, and ten great granchildren.
Wesley Wayne Neu lived his life deeply devoted to the Lord, and his family. His passing on February 15, 2012 will be remembered as the day he entered God’s Kingdom, and joined his beloved wife Gloria in eternal Peace.