Robert "Bob" Neva

Robert “Bob” Neva, Fargo, ND passed away on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Bethany on 42nd under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. He was born on October 8, 1934 to Jack and Anna (Wulff) Neva in Kensal, ND. Bob grew up in Kensal where he graduated from Kensal High School in 1952. Following his graduation, he enlisted in the US Air Force and served in Korea until 1956 when he was honorably discharged and returned to North Dakota. Bob attended Valley City State Teachers College, graduating in 1960. In 1958 he married Marilyn (Krubeck) Kapaun. She and Bob were both from Kensal. They had three children and lived in Lakota, Casselton and Lake Crystal, MN. Bob worked as a teacher and principal at Lakota High School from 1960 to 1965. He then spent the next 46 years in farm equipment sales working for J.I. Case Co, Melroe Bobcat, Steiger Tractor, Wil-Rich, Great Plains Manufacturing, and REM Manufacturing. Bob always said he had the best job in the world that gave him the opportunity to travel around visiting friends. On November 19, 1988 Bob was united in marriage to Paulette Bellmore in Las Vegas, NV. The couple made their home in Wahpeton and Fargo. Bob and Paulette loved spending time at their lake home on Lake Lida entertaining friends and family. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Paulette; children, Peter (Jackie) Neva, Celeste (Tony) Brausen, Keith (Pauline) Neva; sisters, Shirley (Darwin) Hoggarth, Elizabeth (Leon) Doyle; grandchildren, Laura (Ben Strasheim) Neva, Sam (Sara) Neva, Joe Neva, and Adrienne and Elise Brausen; great-grandson, Anders Neva. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jack and Bill Neva; and sisters, Margaret Van Dyke and Nadine Johnson. There will be a Celebration of Life at 4:00 PM on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at Boulger Funeral Home with a visitation one hour prior. The service will be livestreamed on the funeral home’s website. Interment at 10:00 AM on Friday, October 29, 2021 at the Fargo National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the Hospice of the Red River Valley or the Fargo Memorial Honor Guard Building Fund.

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  1. Bob
    Rest in peace.
    Bob and I worked together at Steiger and Wil Rich.
    Bob was always a good and fair man.
    He will be missed.

  2. Rest In Peace my dear friend. Will always remember the great times working with you in Swift Current Sask & a few times in Fargo. Thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  3. My condolences to Bob’s family.

    Bob was my supervisor at Wil-Rich. He was also a good friend. I have many fond memories of Bob including a fun business trip to Alberta. RIP Bob

  4. Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We worked together for 8 years at Wil-Rich and I do remember a great time skiing together at Lake Louise. Always the gentleman…

  5. I had the great pleasure to meet and work at many farm shows with Bob. He will be greatly missed by many! Sincere Sympathy,
    Ken & Wanda Seymour

  6. I met Bob Neva while working as a sales rep for a number of companies. Bob was a great ambassador for machinery sales. Very well known and influential in the industry.
    Bob helped me personally as a reference to companies I worked with.
    Very classy and honest friend to have on your team.
    Rest In Peace my friend.

  7. My condolences to Bobs family. Bob Neva was a classy very honest ambassador to the sales industry. Very well known and respected.
    Bob always had the time and expert advise to pass on to anyone who asked.
    Rest In Peace my friend.

  8. Rest In Peace Uncle Bob. You were a favorite of the Johnson clan and will be missed by all. Paulette, Shirley, Liz and Neva cousins, may loving memories give your heart peace.

    Gail Johnson

  9. Condolences to the family of Bob Neva. My brother Tony Brausen is married to Bob’s daughter Celeste. Bob was a wonderful guy. He will be missed by the family.
    Bill Brausen

  10. Celeste, Tony, Adrienne and Elise – So sorry to hear about your dear father / grandfather. Very difficult. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love to you all – The Olson Family

  11. May our Heavenly Father lift up the family and friends of Robert (Bob) L. Neva, as they mourn this recent loss in their lives. With the grace of our loving Lord, the period of grief is a time that helps to mend their troubled hearts, as they reminisce the many blessings of sharing their lives with Bob and allowing them to find the rekindled light of God’s abiding love for each of them. And may this perfect love that Christ has for them be the source of comfort and strength through this difficult time of sadness, surrounding them with renewed hope and grace.

    Isaiah 60: 19 – 20 (New Living Translation)
    (19) No longer will you need the sun to shine by day, nor the moon to give its light by night, for the Lord your God will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. (20) Your sun will never set; your moon will not go down. For the Lord will be your everlasting light. Your days of mourning will come to an end.

  12. God be with you Celeste and family. You will be in my prayers. Such a lovely tribute to a life well lived!

  13. Some of our best memories on our beach, are of Bob’s sense of humor. At one of our beach meetings, one of the residents was complaining about how someone was stealing the apples off her trees. Bob, as always, had a quick response, “Everyone is invited to Paulette’s and my home for homemade apple pie after the meeting”. My husband and I still laugh at how Bob’s sense of humor was so refreshing at what was, at times, very boring meetings! His smile was infectious and he always had a wave when driving by their home. Our prayers to Paulette and family during this time.

  14. Bob was a great boss and friend. He hired me by sending plane tickets and telling me not to miss the flight. Had to take vacation days from my job to make the flight. That’s how Bob rolled. Every day was fun working for and with him.
    My sympathies to Paulette and his kids.

  15. Thanks your for live streaming the service. Love to all my cousins and Paulette. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  16. To the Neva family – thinking of you all today as you say goodbye to Bob. We were able to watch the service here in Switzerland and send our best wishes and prayers across the miles. ~ Bruce and Tracy Moberg

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