Neil W. Darr

09/19/1944 - 09/24/2023


Obituary For Neil W. Darr

Lima, OH
Neil Walter Darr, age 79 of Lima Ohio passed away unexpectantly on September 24, 2023, at St. Rita’s Hospital.
Neil is survived by his wife Barbara Pautler Darr of 57 years, his sister Shirley Maxwell (Florida), brother in laws Bud Pautler (Susan) and Richard Pautler (Mary Pat) his daughter Michelle with whom he shared a birthday and his son Jeffrey Neil Darr (Rose). Five grandchildren Amanda (Elisabeth), Melody (Stacy), Mitchell (Jackie), Preston and Payton. He was preceded in death by his parents Eugene and Alma Darr, brother-in-law Ernie Maxwell and son in law Mitch Bledsoe.
Neil and Barbara met on a blind date in 1962 and the rest they say is history. They enjoyed a wonderful marriage full of adventures. After getting married in Murphysboro, Illinois they moved across the United States to Oregon. This was the start of moving about the country to places such as Washington, Texas, Massachusetts, Illinois, New Jersey, St. Louis Missouri finally ending up in Lima Ohio. He worked at Wagner Brake and Lighting for 24 years which led to all the moves. International Brake brought them to Lima Ohio.
Neil enjoyed time in his workshop, cutting grass and just being outside enjoying his property. He was on the Lima Symphony Board for over 20 years. He was a diehard Cardinal fan. He was a cradle to grave Catholic and lived his life helping others. But his true love was his wife, Barb. Anyone who were blessed to know them as a couple know what true love is. SHMILY.
The visitation is Wednesday, September 27, 2023, from 5pm to 8pm at the CHILES-LAMAN FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, SHAWNEE CHAPEL. A Mass of Christian burial will be on Thursday, September 28, 2023, at 10 am at St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. Kent Kaufman presiding. A graveside service will be scheduled in the future as Neil will be laid to rest in his hometown of Belleville Il. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Diabetes Association. Neil lived 60 years with this disease.


27 Sep


05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services - Shawnee Chapel 1170 Shawnee Road Lima, Ohio 45805 Get Directions »
28 Sep

Funeral Service

10:00 AM

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church 2200 W. Elm St. Lima, OH 45805 Get Directions »
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  • 09/27/2023

    My sincere condolences to Neil's family and friends. It was an honor to be a member of his team at Wagner Brake so many years ago. Those days at Wagner have become for me....The good old days. ❤️❤️

  • 09/26/2023

    I have way too many memories of Neil to share just one. Starting as a young girl on a dirt pile, and spanning 20 yrs of family vacations with Michelle & her boys. Neil was my adoptive Dad always, but especially the past 5 years since my own Dad past away. He will be Loved Always & Miss So Very Much! 💗Melissa

  • 09/26/2023

    Barbra I'm so sorry for your loss. I worked for Neil at Wagner Brake. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this difficult time. Mike DeSpain

  • 09/26/2023

    I first met Neil in his brother in law, Rick's and Mary Pat's wedding. Mary, my sister, asked me to be a bridesmaid, and Neil was the groomsman I was paired with. Neil gently guided me how to serve, as it was my first time and I was a teenager, with his jovial sense of humor and fun. At various family functions through the years, Neil always had a smile or joke to bring joy to the occasions. Barb was always there laughing with and serving him joyfully. He will be missed.

  • 09/26/2023

    Neil was a wonderful man with a big heart. He loved his family so much and will be forever remembered.❤️

  • 09/26/2023

    Barb, we want to express our condolences and prayers for you and the family. Neil was a wonderful person to work with. Sorry but we are unable to attend the viewing and funeral. ~ Tony and Jean Sroufe

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