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. Bob was a member of AIMRA from 1990 through 2002. He always said that “you don’t join AIMRA to go to the convention and pickup a line, you go there to develop relationships with Reps from all over North America”
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.