Gordon J. Neumann

Gordon J. Neumann, 88, of Dubuque, died Monday, March 25, 2024, at Eagle Pointe Place in Dubuque.

Gordon was born September 14, 1935, in Holy Cross Iowa, son of William and Kathryn Neumann.  Gordy (Bud) grew up in a farming community and graduated from Holy Cross Leo in a class of 13 students.

He went into the Army from 1955-1957, he was station in Seattle Washington, here he served as the colonel’s primary driver and played on the basketball team. After his service he came home, with lots of stories.

When he returned from the army, he met Rosemary Nieland.  They wed in 1960, raised three children, and were married for 58 years before she passed in 2018.

Gordy worked over 40 years at the Dubuque Packing Company in various departments, finishing his career as a supervisor before retiring.  He went on to drive a school bus for the Dubuque Community School District.  He really enjoyed those kids.  After retiring from bus driving, he delivered trucks for the McCoy group and loved to share stories about his time behind the wheel.

Gordy was an avid sports fan and played basketball and baseball.  He carried his love of sports throughout his life.  He loved to spend time attending his kids and grandkids sporting events. He spent time with his grandkids on the Mississippi River teaching them to fish and spending quality time together.   Gordy also liked to hunt. While his two daughters didn’t seem to get the “quiet in the woods” his son Kyle picked up this passion and has carried the family tradition on with his son. Gordy loved to hear how they did and would often meet them and his son-in-law after the hunt to help cut up the deer and tell stories. 

Gordy also had a passion for woodworking.  He loved his “shop” in the back yard. He was so happy when the “guys” built that for him, even though it almost took “T” air born.   It was a place for him to take his grandchildren to teach them things. Those kids mellowed him out and he loved spending time with them. He never once yelled at them for “pinching the board” while he was cutting it on his table saw. And of course, he had to tell his grandkids all his stories.

Through the years Gordy and Rosie were involved in a lot of clubs and activities. They bowled, they belonged to the KC’s, they fished, they took family vacations every year. They made a lot of friends, but most of all they cherished the time with their families. Every year the family would vacation somewhere, Rosie sat back and listened, Gordy sat back with his cooler, everyone else ran around like crazy people and all doing exactly what Gordy liked best, creating new stories.

Gordy didn’t enjoy many things more than a cold beer and telling a story or two.  He really enjoyed spreading these stories at the Moose and the Legion and made many friends at both clubs.  Bartending at the Moose was one of his favorite things to do in his later years. If you were ever around the Neumann boys you knew you were in for a good cold drink, a good story and a lot of laughs. Dad loved spending time with his brothers and their families. Every holiday was special with the Neumanns, a lot of memories and new stories.

Come join us on Friday April 5, 2024, for a Celebration of Life from 1:00-4:00 pm, at the Moose Lodge (2635 Windsor Ave) and bring with you a story to share to help celebrate Gordy’s life.

Gordy was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary Neumann, his parents, William and Kathryn Neumann and in-laws, Bernard & Magdalena Nieland, brothers-in-law Lavern (Coletta) Nieland, Elmer (Adel) Nieland, Ray Nieland and sister-in-law Armella (Kenny) Nieland. 

Those left to cherish his memory are his children Dawne (Joe) O’Meara, Michelle (Wayne) Schnier, Kyle (Kelly) Neumann. Grandchildren Josh (Alice) Habel, Monica (Bart) Sitarski, Ryan Schnier, Tyler (Lauren) Neumann, & Amanda (Tyler) Menhusen.   Great-grandchildren: Charlie Gordon & Edith Habel, Sophia & Lukas Sitarski, Avery Schnier, Raylan & Crosby Neumann, & Meredith, Everett & Liam Menhusen.  His brothers: Richard Neumann, Gene (Kay) Neumann, & Jim (Bev) Neumann & the amazing Neumann nieces & nephews and their families.  Also, many Nieland cousins and their families.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at Trustwell Living at Eagle Point Care Facility where the girls treated him like family and brought many smiles to his face.   

Dad, we are going to miss you until we see you again in the heavens, keep the beer cold and we will continue the laughter and the stories.

Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Crematory is in care of the arrangements.

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