Concordia at the Orchard Personal Care Resident Turns 100

Contact: Shirley Freyer
Concordia Lutheran Ministries
Tel: 724-352-1571 x8266

Concordia at the Orchard Personal Care Resident Turns 100

Center Twp., PA – Concordia at the Orchard personal care resident Regis P. Neff celebrates his 100th birthday on April 28.  

Born in Butler, he married Averil M. Black on January 16, 1943 at St. John Church in Coylesville. The church had no heat or electricity due to a major snowstorm.  It was surely a day to remember as they were locked out of his parent’s home and he crawled through a second floor window to unlock the door.  On their way to Pittsburgh for their honeymoon they forgot their gas ration tickets and his sister walked a mile in the snow to deliver them!  

They had a daughter, Ruth Douthett who works at Concordia, a son, David and a set of twins, Jeanne Aubrey and Ronald Neff as well as 11grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

He retired from T.W. Phillips Gas Company. A member of St. Wendelin Church, he served on the front line in the artillery division during WWII. He never missed an opportunity to march in veterans parades (he was a member of the Chicora VFW), and raised a flag daily at his home. Hobbies included camping, cards, singing, and yes, pumping and repairing oil wells.  

His special enjoyment was children and he always had a quarter to give them.

His secret to reaching a century, “Smile, be Happy – Don’t Worry. Take life slow and easy!”