Carl H. Neumann graced the
earth from December 14, 1928 until September 1, 2008. He traveled peacefully
to heaven, always created to be God’s friend forever and to walk with Him
each day. His soul and spirit will live forever.
Cedar Falls, Iowa was his birthplace to parents, Minnie
(Minerva) and Philip G. Neumann. His family farm has been in the family for
over 100 years.
He graduated from Janesville in 1946. He met his future wife in a high
school play and married on December 24, 1947. He received his B.A. in
Science from the University of Northern Iowa (Teacher’s School) in 1949.
Later he was a scholarship student with the National Science Foundation and
received his Master’s Degree.
Teaching was his main career as a
biology/chemistry teacher. In 1960, the yearbook was dedicated to him. Our
dad traveled many places, but his favorite place was with his family, the
garden and on the river at Cedar Glynn. He loved sports, coaching baseball,
and pitched in the minor baseball leagues. Later in his career, he excelled
as a School Principal/Administrator. During his administrative career, he
was nicknamed “Cool Carl”.
As a writer, he wrote “Catch Mr. Catfish” in 1972. Truck gardening was
another of his passions. His brand “Neumann cantaloupes” were sold in local
All of his brothers and sisters in Iowa pre-deceased him: George, Wilma and
Lloyd. His youngest sister, Beverly Shirk (Bob) survives him in Tucson, AZ.
Today in heaven, he is playing baseball, pinochle and cribbage with his
He lives in the heart of his family in Faribault,
dearly loved by his wife, Mona, daughter, Janet (Jeff) Chestnut and
grandchildren, Peter (Alfred University, New York) and Tyler Chestnut (St.
Thomas, St. Paul, MN). As the only grandfather to his grandchildren, it has
been said, “Grandpa lives and dies with the game of hockey” and is proud of
his grandson’s love of writing.
His son, Jim, teaches near Shanghai, China. His
youngest daughter, Julie Difrank (Jim) resides in Tucson, AZ. His children
have followed in his footsteps with careers in teaching, medicine and
His family expresses special thanks to Pastor David
Hurtt and the staff of St. Lucas Care Center. Private family memorial
services were held at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault.
Memorials will be donated to First English Lutheran Church in Faribault.
When you hear a baseball whizzing by or a fish
jumping, remember my dad on a sunny afternoon. . .
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