Dr. Myron Gerald Neuffer passed from this mortal existence Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019.
He was born to Myron David and Camille Cole Neuffer on March 4, 1922, in Preston, Idaho. He was the oldest of five children. In his youth, he was active in 4-H Club and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On March 17, 1943, he married Margaret McGregor in the Logan UT Temple. They were blessed with seven children, Myron David Neuffer, John Gerald, Gregory Wayne, Lewis Dale, Barbara Ruth, Peggy Neuffer Hendrix and Linda Neuffer Chaston; 27 grandchildren; and 61 great-grandchildren. After Margaret’s passing in 2001, Gerald married Rosemary Lee Healy on Aug. 11, 2008.
Gerald’s life was his family, his church, his work (agronomy genetics) and his country. Gerald served in the U.S. Army in 1944. He graduated from the University of Idaho in 1947 and received his master’s (1950) and doctorate (1952) from the University of Missouri. He was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 1956 and made full professor in 1966. He chaired the Department of Genetics from 1967 to 1969 and retired from the Department of Agronomy is 1992. He held the title of professor emeritus in the University of Missouri’s Division of Plant Sciences. He created and catalogued over 10,000 unique maize GMOs. Gerald diligently served many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Besides participating in the local clergy, he was also asked to lead church administration for most of northern Missouri, and again for the central states of the U.S. Additionally, Gerald and Margaret served as Stake Patriarch for the Columbia Stake. He was an avid runner and ran 4 miles every morning for the last 43 years and participated over 15 times in the annual Parley P. Pratt Freedom run each July 4 in Columbia.
Gerald was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret McGregor Neuffer, and son John Gerald Neuffer. Gerald is survived by brother Paul Cole Neuffer; sister Joan Marilyn Crist; his second wife, Rosemary Lee Neuffer; her seven children; Gerald and Margaret’s six other children; 26 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-great-grandchildren for a total of 145 surviving descendants.
The family would like to thank the Compassus Hospice group for its support and aid of Gerald and his family during his final month. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Missionary Fund.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 904 S. Old 63, Columbia, Missouri. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at Nilson Funeral Home. Visitation will also be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. the day of the funeral service. Online condolences may be left for the family at nilsonfuneralhome.com.