William "Bill" A. Neumann
June 29, 1943 - September 21, 2022
William Albert Neumann was born on June 29, 1943, the son of Carl and Bertha (Thies) Neumann at the family farm near Denison, Iowa. He was baptized and later confirmed his faith at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. He attended Zion Lutheran School through eighth grade.
Bill was drafted into the United States Army on March 1, 1965 and served until his honorable discharge on March 1, 1967, having earned the rank of SP4. He received his marksman award during his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He then received his military police training at Fort Gordon, Georgia and transferred to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio where he was assigned a German Shephard named Tessie. They became very close and trained for many years together. He proudly obtained his GED while in the military.
William married Bethel "Beth" Hillhouse on September 3, 1967, at Zion Lutheran Church, officiated by Rev. Carl Schmidt, in Denison. He loved farming, especially his cows. He started with his father's Hereford herd, later started replacing the Herefords with Charolais and ultimately took pride raising registered Simmentals and selling calves as breeding stock. After farming, he worked 15 years for Crawford County as a Secondary Road Maintenance driver, retiring in 2008.
He was a man of God. He loved fishing and hunting. Bill cherished his time with family. They spent over forty years traveling to Big Pine Lake in Perham, Minnesota, and over the years they welcomed their children and many grandchildren.
Bill passed away at Gracewell - Eventide Lutheran Home on September 21, 2022, at the age of 79 years.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Bertha Neumann; parents-in-law, Ralph and Betty Hillhouse; brother, Fred Neumann; and brothers-in-law: Wayne Schroeder, James Frederick Sr, and Rex Hale. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Beth Neumann of Denison; four daughters: Kari (Douglas) Leonard of Holstein; Tami (Jim) Riha of Bellevue, Nebraska, Meri (Quincy) Pope of Heflin, Alabama and Billie (Rob) True of Council Bluffs; 13 grandchildren: Gus Leonard, Vivian Leonard, Jake Riha, Nick Riha, Trey Miller, Autumn Miller, Quinton Pope, Aubrey Pope, Brittnie (West) Wilson, Emile True, Olivia True, Avery True, and Will True; three great-grandchildren: Gracie Crowe, Blakely Miller, and Meritt Wilson; siblings: Ken (Joyce) Neumann of Denison, Carolyn Schroeder of Ida Grove, Kathy Wilwerding of Harlan, Coleen Fredericks of Arthur, Karlen (Russell) Watson of Dow City, Maxine (Steve) Winey of Deloit, and Dale (Maureen) Neumann of Denison; sisters-in-law: Rodonna Neumann of Arcadia, Linda (Randal) Haines of Lakeland, Florida, and Lesli Hale of Old Town, Florida; brothers-in-law: Hank (Joan) Hillhouse of Lakeland, Florida and Jerry Wilwerding of Harlan; and many other relatives and friends.
The visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 23, 2022 at the Huebner Funeral Home in Denison. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. Interment will be held in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Denison. Memorials may be directed to the family.