Richard L. Neese, beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and doctor was 74 when he died in his home surrounded by family and friends after a long and very courageous battle with a rare form of Leukemia on April 22, 2010. He will be deeply missed by his three daughters Brenda Neese, Michelle (Tim) Hogan, Julie Root; his four grandchildren Nicole Kraemer, Jordyn Kraemer, Lindsey Neese, William Root; his sister Glenda (Doyle); his four nephews and their families Dr. Michael (Annette), Tim (Alice), Steve (Judy) and John Roquemore; his Aunt Wanda (Wesley) Maycumber; his countless friends and patients. Richard was born in Carmen, Oklahoma on February 3, 1936 to Marvin and Alta Neese. He grew up in the Redondo Beach area, attended Redondo Union High School and was very active in sports, winning CIF State Championship in wrestling his senior year. In 1957 Richard entered the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic where he met Carol Whalen. They married on February 11, 1961 and moved to Torrance, where Richard set up his practice in 1962. He was very active in the chiropractic profession and won Doctor of the Year from the L.A. Southwest Chiropractic Society and from the L.A. County Chiropractic Society. He was also asked to be on the Board of Regents, where he served for eight years. Dr. Richard L. Neese, Chiropractic Orthopedist, was in practice for 48 years and loved treating and helping patients. He loved life, his family, his friends, his country, and the outdoors. He enjoyed deep sea fishing, trap shooting, hunting, and traveling. He's been to Africa, China, Hong Kong, Costa Rica, Honduras and his last venture was The Grand Canyon. He was one of the top 10 shooters in the State of California and in 2009 he finished #1 as a Senior Vet while undergoing 22 blood transfusions that year. He took annual fishing trips with his buddies to Alaska, out of San Diego, and to Mexico. He will always be remembered for his delicious fish fry's. A celebration of Richard's life will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance, California on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 4:00 pm. Reception immediately following.

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  1. Brenda and family, my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your father. May he rest in peace. May you find strength in your memories.

  2. Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about Richard’s death. He brought so many gifts to our life, the celebrations we shared, fishing trips and of course the “Tall tale” fishing stories that followed, lol! And who could forget his famous “Fish fries”, We will never forget him! We are here to support you in your grieving process and whatever you might need. With all our love and sincere sympathy, Dr. David & Deborah Pommerenck

  3. My cousin Richard had such good, fun energy. I will miss him. He absolutely adored all of his kids and grandkids. I know that you will all remember him with that same fun energy when your grief has passed and time has healed your hearts.

  4. I met Doc Neese at the shooting range. He was always kind, generous in sharing his vast knowledge of shooting, and a true gentleman. The news of his passing was a shock and a heavy blow to his many friends at the range, and he will long be remembered, admired, and missed.

  5. He was a great man, a second dad and mentor to me. I had the opportunity to spend the last 5 months of his life with him and I will cherish those memories and all the others for the rest of my life. I gonna miss you buddy…

  6. Just wanted to let you all know we’re thinking of you. Kirk lost his father the same week, we know only too well what you’re going thru. Shelly, I still have the photo from when we all went in your dad’s Mercedes to a Dodger game! Hope you all are okay, keep your chins up, love ya’, Lori & Kirk

  7. Dr. Neese was not only a great Doctor he was a fantastic person. He teased me when he thought it was appropriate and I never left his office without feeling uplifted. Dr. Neese was a gifted Chiroprator, a healer. I told him he had magic hands and I always felt comforted by him while being treated for my physical problems. Dr. Neese never hurried to get to the next patient; while he was treating me, I was the most important patient he had that day. Gifted is what I will always remember about Dr. Neese and his sense of humor. He helped me through many really difficult physical problems. Love to his many family members. And thank you for sharing Dr. Neese with the rest of us. Mary B. Archer

  8. Dr. Richard Neese was a great alumnus of LACC and SCU. He served his alma mater in a variety of positions, including as a member of the Board of Regents, and he attended many events put on by the University. He was a positive influence upon the chiropractic profession and he was a wonderful role model for many younger practitioners. He will be missed greatly.

  9. Dear Brenda, Julie and Shelly, Sorry we can’t be with you today but want to send you our sincere condolences. I know your father was proud to have such beautiful daughters and you will always have good memories of all the great times you had together as a family. Love you.

  10. Doc Neese was a great guy and a wonderful friend. I can not believe he is gone. I may not want to go fishing or trap shooting again without him.

  11. We are so sorry to hear about Richards passing. I know how much you all loved and adored him. He was a great man with a big heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


  13. Michelle & Family, Your father was an amazing gentleman in the truest of definitions and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys this Saturday. Tom

  14. To Richard’s Wonderful Famly: As you know your father and I shared many wonderful times together and for me I will miss hearing from him and having an outing or so once in a while. He was a wonderful man, a great person and a loving father and grandfather. He absolutely adored his children and grandchildren and his family. I pray that you all will continue to live good lives as he would have wanted and that you will keep him in your thoughts and prayers for a long time to come. I know that I do and I will forever! My family sends their condolences to the Neese and Roquemore familys! Sincerely Tanya C. McElhaney

  15. Dr. Neese was one-of-a-kind, a very “special” man! I knew him thru the selling of his condos in Inglewood and Apple Valley and also sales of houses in Long Beach and Torrance. He was out-going, always up-beat and very professional. He spoke with such kindness, caring and love when he talked about his daughters and grandchildren. They were a huge part of his world. I will not forget him, he is in my prayers.

  16. Dear Michelle and family: Dr. Neese was our chiropractor for 30 years. We learned to trust and care for him and found him a wise and gifted healer and friend. Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss. Carol & Monte Morton PS We very much wanted to attend the celebration of his life but unfortunately, my mother has had a medical emergency and we need to be close to home to tend to her. Please accept our apologies. Carol & Monte

  17. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I deeply appreciated Dr. Neece’s treatments while I recovered from an accident several years ago.

  18. Richard was a wonderful man who I remember always did wonderful things for his Torrance community. When I was running for Torrance City Council he gave me his office to hold a phone bank for the Torrance Police and fire Departments to call the residents telling them to vote for me. I did win my election as a Torrance Councilwoman and I always thanked Richard and told him I couldn’t have done this without him. I will miss that wonderful smile and the way he could make my back feel like new. My prayers and love go out to his family. Fondly, Councilwoman Hope Witkowsky (Retired)

  19. I was so sorry to learn of the passing of Richard Neese. Richard was one of the few chiropractors in this area when I came here in 1966. May his wonderful memories bring to you everlasting peace. ARTHUR

  20. To all who knew Dr.Neese and will miss him, Always remember, no one truly leaves us who lives in happy memories. God Bless, and comfort you.

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