Owen Hugh Neff, 89, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri passed away on February 28, 2022 at Belton Regional Hospital.Owen was born in Kansas City, Missouri to Lloyd and Lucille Ruby Neff on November 28, 1932. Owen was raised in Overland Park, Kansas where he attended its only elementary school at the time and graduated from Shawnee Mission High School in 1950. In 1954, Owen completed his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at the University of Kansas City. Upon graduation, he served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956 where he was a member of the 7th Infantry Division that was stationed in Korea. After being honorably discharged and returning to the States, Owen continued working in the Neff family pharmacy where he met and married the love of his life, MaryAnn Musil, in December of 1957 and had four children LaDonna, Owen Jr., Philip and Eric. Owen was incredibly proud of being one of ten members of the Neff family who were pharmacists in the Kansas City area. Neff’s Prescriptions was founded in 1918 by his father, Lloyd Leon Neff Sr. and over the years expanded to multiple professional pharmacies in downtown Kansas City and its surrounding area. After 42 years, he sold the business in 1998 and began his “Semi-Retirement”. Owen was a member of numerous Pharmacy Associations, was a very active member of his children’s and grandchildren’s school activities and parent groups. Owen was a leader in his sons’ Boy Scout troops and a member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He was also a proud member of the American Legion, McDonald County Missouri Historical Society, the Sons of the American Revolution and the UMKC School of Pharmacy Alumni Association.
Traveling, maintaining his garden and flowerbeds and tinkering around the house with multiple projects, were a few of the many things he found pleasure in doing. Owen also enjoyed making andsharing his special holiday slush for all to enjoy at family gatherings. Owen will be greatly missed for his infectious laugh, his wonderful sense of humor, and his ability to befriend anyone he would meet. Owen never knew a stranger and was known near and far. He was a bit of a celebrity around town even having his own shake named after him at the local Freddy’s called the “Owen” which was half chocolate, half vanilla that you could order by name. Owen was a wealth of knowledge and anincredible story teller. He possessed a wit and vocabulary that could take over a room and was the life of the party wherever he was. Owen was the definition of a people person and loved people coming into the Pharmacy on a daily basis. He was a dedicated, medical professional and business man who never took a sick day because he knew so many depended on him at the pharmacy in their time of need. Owen was passionate about his profession and took great pride in mentoring and helping others. He established the Neff Family Scholarship at the UMKC School of Pharmacy to support aspiring pharmacy students.
Owen is survived by his loving wife of 64 years MaryAnn, his children LaDonna List (Harold) of Knob Noster, Missouri, Owen Jr. (Melissa) of Peculiar, Missouri, Philip (Melody) of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Eric (Karla) of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and his greatest source of pride, his 11 grandchildren and spouses, and 11 great grandchildren. Owen is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
Visitation is Friday, March 4, 2022 at Langsford Funeral Home, Lees Summit, MO from 6:00-8:00 pm. Service at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 5, with graveside following at Lee’s Summit Cemetery. Reception for family and friends to follow after graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Neff Family Pharmacy Scholarship Fund at the UMKC School of Pharmacy 2464 Charlotte St. Kansas City, MO 64108.