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John J. Neiger III

Company M-1

31 Dec 1936- 10 Feb 2021

Place of Death: Riverside Hospital in Kankakee, IL.

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, John Neiger, on 10 February 2021, at Riverside Hospital in Kankakee, IL.

John is survived by his wife, Barbara; his children, Tracy and her husband, Jim Simon, and Jono (John Neiger IV) and his wife, Kemper Carlsen; step daughters, Julie and her husband, Robert Birkenheier, and Amy and her husband, Jimmy Turner; and his grandchildren, Timothy and Courtney Simon, Forest Carlsen-Neiger, Ryan Birkenheier, and Jaden Turner and John’s brother Henry Neiger. John was pre-deceased by his parents, Sallie Morfit Neiger and John J. Neiger Jr., Class of 1935.

John Neiger's funeral service will at 1 PM on Wednesday, 1 September 2021, at the Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, VA, followed by burial with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

There will be a reception at the Fort Myer Officers’ Club following the burial.  His widow, Barbara, would appreciate you sending her an RSVP email if you will or may be attending so that she can let the officers club know how many may be at the reception.  Her email address is -

Condolences may be sent to Barbara at 3115 Town Square Drive #201, Rolling Meadows, IL  60008.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to Illinois Veterans Home Manteno, 1 Veterans Drive, Manteno, Illinois 60950 — you may specify “Activities Department” which will help the many volunteers there to enrich the lives of the residents with activities, parties, entertainment, etc., or you can specify Prince Home which houses and does outreach to Illinois homeless veterans.

Well done, John. Be thou at peace.

Information for John Neiger’s Service
Date: Wednesday September 1st
Service: 1 pm — military is prompt!
Procession to cemetery: 1:30
Reception @ Officers Club: 2:30- 5:00

All guests should arrive at the Old Post Chapel for the service at approximately 12:30, 12:45 at the latest. Getting there close to 1pm can cause a delay in entering until after the casket is brought in and the bearers return to the back. 

Access to Fort Myer (now also called Joint Base Myer Henderson Hall) is through the Hatfield Main Gate.

Directions to the gate are at 

Visitors information phone number is 703-696-0186 / 0185. 

All guests must bring photo ID and check in at the gate. Anyone without a valid military or Department of Defense ID must pull off to the side and go in to the building there to register for a one-day pass. Please allow plenty of time for this check in as it depends on how many people are registering when you are—could be 10 minutes, could be a half hour—there’s just no way to tell. If you want to pre-register you can use this link: but be aware you’ll be required to input a lot of personal information on the internet such as SS# and DL# which some people don’t feel comfortable doing.  

You will then be directed to the parking queuing lot at the Old Post Chapel for the service. 

Following the service, you will be directed for participation of the procession to burial site. Proper footwear that allows mobility on hard and soft surfaces is recommended. 

Following the cemetery portion of the Honors Ceremony, people will return to Fort Myer for the luncheon reception at the Officers Club, also called Patton Hall, from 2:30-5:00 pm. 

As of August 2021, face masks are required in all indoor settings on Post regardless of vaccination status. Masks can be removed after entering the private dining room at the reception where there will be ample seating for the luncheon. Coffee and ice tea are included with the luncheon but there will also be a open bar for wine and beer.  

In honor of West Point, please feel free to wear any USMA colors of black, gold and grey…not necessary, of course. 

If you have any other questions, please let me know. 



Class Memorial Pages/M- John Neiger.pdf

Attached is a bio on John Neiger.  This has been a particular tough one for me.  Johnny was my roommate first class year and lifelong friend.  As John always used to end his emails - "Grip Hands.

Bob Hampton

This was also a special website update for me.  John is the person that created the first version of our Class Website.  It was John many years ago who offered me the option to become the next Webmaster.  His support and friendship was most helpful and appreciated to assist me to be successful in that role.

Samuel N Weiss - Class of 1961 Webmaster

My heart is aching a little today.  One of my Dad’s classmates from West Point passed away Wednesday.  You wouldn’t think that one of your parents classmate’s death would affect you.  However, growing up in the military, life is different.  Your family is the compilation of your friends, your friend’s parents, and often your parent’s friends.  We are a special group.  They graduated in 1961–and Johnny has been a part of our lives ever since.
Rest In Peace Johnny—as peaceful as Heaven can be with those Cadets who are there to greet you with sabers drawn.

Pam Prather