Barbara J. Neukam, age 81, of Jasper

Barbara J. Neukam, age 81, of Jasper, Indiana, passed away at 6:35 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Sycamore Care Strategies in Loogootee.  

Barbara was born in Jasper, Indiana on October 5, 1940, to Joseph and Othello (Hudson) Bellner.  She married Junior Ray Neukam on January 19, 1957 in St. Joseph Catholic Church.  

Barbara enjoyed volunteering. She volunteered through Precious Blood Catholic Church and their school, Cathedral Health Campus and spent her time driving elderly to doctors’ appointments.  

She was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church. 

Barbara enjoyed puzzles, reading, latch hook quilting, and spending time with her grandchildren.  

Surviving is her husband of 65 years; Junior Ray Neukam, Jasper, four daughters; June (Bill) Shimer, Jasper, Mary Jo Messmer, Huntingburg, Doris Messmer, St. Anthony, Chrissy (William) Phillips, Jasper, three sons; Ray Neukam, Jasper, John (Kristie) Neukam, Jasper, and Charlie (Rhonda) Neukam, Otwell, one sister; Betty Scuteri, New York, 15 grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.   

Preceding her in death, is one daughter; Rebecca Neukam who died in infancy, one sister; Evelyn Bellner Herron, one brother; Donald Bellner, one brother-in-law; Richard Scuteri, and one son-in-law; David Messmer.  

A Mass of Christian Burial for Barbara J. Neukam will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, in Precious Blood Catholic Church with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper, IN. 

A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 20, at the Becher-Kluesner downtown funeral home in Jasper, IN, and again from 9:00 a.m. until the 10:00 a.m. service time at Precious Blood Catholic Church on Tuesday, June 21. A rosary will be prayed at 3:30 p.m. at the funeral home on Monday, June 20.  

Memorial contributions may be made to Precious Blood Catholic Church or to a favorite charity.  

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