Elmer Frederick Neumeier, 94, was welcomed by the Lord with “Come in my good and faithful servant” at 10:15 pm. Monday, May 14th, 2012. His wife and family were at his side as he departed.
Elmer was born July 8, 1917, in Dayton, the son of May (Caldwell) and Raymond Frederick Neumeier, who both died when he was young leaving him orphaned at age 5. He was raised by his grandparents, Katherine (Fisher) and Andrew Neumeier, of Wapakoneta. On Jan. 10, 1944, he married Mary Louise Gehrlich, who survives.
Also surviving are nine sons, James (Elena) Neumeier, Richard Neumeier, Joseph (Kathy) Neumeier, Michael Neumeier, Samuel (Mary) Neumeier, Matthew Neumeier, Mark (Christina) Neumeier, Philip Neumeier, and Frederick (Robin) Neumeier, 10 daughters, Janice Daum, Rebecca (Tom) Mosler, Barbara (Tom dec.) Maloney, Bonita (Michael Flood), Teresa (Michael) Elsass, Alice (Emerson dec.) Altstaetter, Nancy (Edward) Gutman, Mary Kay (Daniel) Drexler, Angela (Robert) Butler, and Amy (Stuart) Meyers; 60 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Victoria; and a great-great-grandson, Jayden.
Armed with the responsibility to define his own path and built upon the family values passed down to him, Elmer entered the military during World War II. He served a three-year term as seaman and machinist mate in the U. S. Navy, Seabees, 70th and 84th Battalion Units, serving tours in Algeria, Okinawa and Guam. He was awarded the Purple Heart. During his service term, he married Mary Louise Gehrlich Jan. 10, 1944, a lifelong friend and the love of his life.
A “man of all trades” he then pursued a life of service to his family, church and community. His work history included Westinghouse, Gehrlich Brothers, Koneta Rubber Co., and the Wapakoneta City School system from which he retired. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Wapakoneta F.O.E., Knights of Columbus (K of C) and Holy Name Society. He held the position of Grand Knight during his service at the K of C. He received a 25 year service award as a member of the scouting community serving as an educator and leader for area youth. Elmer was a gifted card shark and accomplished fisherman, but he’d rather be known for his faith, patriotism and love of family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 107 W. Pearl St., Wapakoneta, with the Rev. Patrick Sloneker officiating. Burial is to follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Wapakoneta, where military rites will be conducted by the Wapakoneta V.F.W.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fri.day at the Long & Folk Chapel of Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, 13 S. Blackhoof St., Wapakoneta.
Contributions may be given to St. Rita’s Hospice or St. Joseph Catholic Church Renovation Fund.
Condolences may be expressed at bayliffandeleyfh.com.