Wallace Neumann - New Ulm

Obit - Neumann, Wallace

Wallace "Wally" Neumann, 90, of New Ulm, died Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 25, 2011, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in New Ulm, with Monsignor John A. Richter celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, and will continue from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm. There will be a parish prayer service Sunday at the funeral home.

Wally, son of Albert and Amelia (Koetting) Neumann, was born on Aug. 28, 1920, in New Ulm. He entered the Army on Oct. 2, 1942, and served with the 50th Combat Engineers. His company received the Distinguished Unit Citation for service during the battles against the Japanese on the island of Attu, Alaska. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 3, 1945. Wally was united in marriage on Sept. 15, 1947, to Verna Koop at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in New Ulm. He worked as a foreman for Wallner Construction for over 50 years.

Wally was a man of many handy talents who could fix, or build, just about anything needed around the house or garage. He loved working on cars and lawnmowers and spent many hours creating projects in his woodworking shop. He was generous with his time and talents always willing to lend a hand to those in need of car or house repairs. He was a avid Vikings and Twins fan, but his passion was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Wally was a member of the VFW, American Legion, St. Joseph's Society, Union of Operating Engineers, and Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church.


Wally is survived by Verna, his wife of 63 years; daughters, Laurie of New Ulm and Karen of Fairmont; sons, Rick of New Ulm and Gary (Germaine) of Rochester; grandchildren, Jed, Reid and Aubrey of Rochester; brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Alice Neumann of Arizona; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gordon and Doris Johnson of Madelia; sister-in-law, Mary Neumann of New Ulm; and by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Henry and Anna Koop and brothers, Donald, Garnet, Harvey and Albert Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the New Ulm Medical Center Hospice, or the New Ulm Medical Center Oncology Department.

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