Today, God called our husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, great-great grandfather, brother-in-law, cousin, and friend home to entertain the crowds in heaven! Carl Walter Neuman, age 84, of Waupun, died Saturday, December 13, 2014 at his home.
He was born on July 26, 1930, in Lebanon, son of Fred and Jueinitta (Stark) Neuman. He was united in marriage to Lucille (Dins) who preceded him in death in 1969. He married Evelyn (Schwarze) on January 19, 1974 at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Carl proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He just returned from the Badger Honor Flight. He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church and dedicated usher. He was employed as a tractor mechanic for a local John Deere dealership for over 35 years (the best John Deere mechanic in the area)! He loved to play his concertina and entertain the crowds. He was the number one fan of his great grandchildren attending their baseball, basketball and softball games. He was their number one fan. Friday night fish fries were first on his agenda for the start of the weekend. MJ’s will miss him! He was an avid fisherman and never kept a trout that wasn’t a premium prize. He was an excellent car mechanic as well as tractor mechanic. Carl was an active member of the American Legion (past commander), Veterans of Foreign Wars, Fond Du Lac Area Musicians, American Legion Honor Guard and the Waupun Volksfest Committee. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame, and was appointed to the World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame. He enjoyed being with family, playing the concertina, & trout fishing on the Mecan, the meanest stream around. He played concertina for special events, weddings, annual family reunions, assisted living centers, and Senior Centers. He loved German festivals and attending grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s Christmas programs.
Those Carl leaves behind to cherish his memory include his eight children: Christina (Robert) Beske of Adams, WI, Karen Baasch (Wayne Stobb) of Waupun, Cheryl (Pete) Brodzeller of Wausau, Mary (Dennis) Mittelstaedt of Waupun, Donna (Clyde) Maxwell of Waupun, Wayne (Gloria) Schwarze of Knoxsville, TN, Roy (Sue) Schwarze of Alexandria, MN, and Brian Schwarze of Lakeworth, FL; grandchildren: Gregory (Jenna)Beske and James Beske, Shelly Lackey, Randy (Vicki) Lackey, and Kevin (Susie) Lackey, Eric (Elizabeth)White and Adam White, Derek and Jamie Brodzeller, Tammy (Gregg) Biever, Mike Mittelstaedt, Terry (Susan) Mittelstaedt, Katie (Joey) Mittelstaedt, Clyde (Brandi) Maxwell), Andi (Mark) Colker, Erin Maxwell, Stephanie Schwarze, Jennifer (Chris) Nies, Hannah Schwarze, Racheal (Chris) Schwarze, Elwood (Woody) Schwarze, and Jon Schwarze; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his first wife and parents, Carl was preceded in death by an infant son, Charles Neuman; his brother, Marvin Neuman; a sister, Erna Uecker; his brother-in-law, Orlando Uecker; and a great-grandchild.
Friends and relatives of Carl Neuman may call on the family on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at the Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun and on Wednesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.
Funeral services for Carl Neuman will be held Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waupun with Rev. Elizabeth Lee officiating.
Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun with American Legion Post 210 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6709 providing military honors.