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Ernest "Ernie" Neumann

  • age 80 of Cottonwood, South Dakota, died February 18, 2010, at his home near Cottonwood.

Ernest Earl Neumann was born April 14, 1929, on his parents’ farm-ranch located eleven miles south of Cottonwood, the son of Carl William and Maude (Redman) Neumann. He grew up on the farm-ranch and attended rural grade school in that area, by riding horse to and from school.
As a young man he stayed on the farm-ranch with his parents, and his brother Sam. He attended the Curtis Breeding Service in Gary, Illinois, to learn how to AI cattle, and also attended the Grimms School of Cattleman in Kansas.
He was united in marriage to Patty Jean Truman on November 7, 1965 at New Underwood, South Dakota. After their marriage they resided on the Neumann Ranch all their married life. During that time, he and his brother Sam, and their wives, operated a dairy for over fifty years, which was one of the first dairies to have computerized machinery in the United States. They also raised wheat and cattle. After his brother Sam moved to town, Ernie and Jean continued to operate the ranch for three years.
Ernie loved music, and especially dancing. You could often find him taking long walks, singing, listening to music and ball games on the radio in his car. He also was an avid pool player, earning many trophies at various tournaments. Ernie enjoyed fishing and rock collecting. He served on the Cedar Community Water Association board for several terms.
From birth to death, Ernie lived his whole life in the same house.
Survivors include his wife Patty Jean of Cottonwood; one brother Samuel Neumann and his wife Gail of Philip; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Ernie was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held one hour preceding the services at the church on Monday.
Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 22, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka, with Ken Toews officiating.
Interment was 2:00 p.m. Monday, at Pine Lawn Cemetery in Rapid City.

Monday, February 22, 2010 - 10:00 a.m.
Presbyterian Church
Kadoka, South Dakota

Ken Toews

Karen Toews - Pianist
Cindy Neumann - Vocalist
Congregational Hymns
“Old Rugged Cross”
“Amazing Grace”

Julie Long—Carol Mayberry

John Neumann - Bill Neumann
Mel Carleton - Samuel Neumann
John Morgan—Joe Johndreau

Monday, February 22, 2010 - 2:00 p.m.
Pine Lawn Cemetery
Rapid City, South Dakota

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Jean and Family
We are so sorry for you loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
We were so Sorry that we couldn't make the trip.
Our love is with you.

Jim & Sandy Neumann Round Rock, Texas

Jean and family,
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you. I always enjoyed visiting with Ernie, he was alway the first on the list at grazing allotment meetings and he would always be there early and got in a little more visiting time!

Buster and Nancy Peterson Kadoka, SD

Dearest Jean and Family,
Thinking of you and sending our prayers your way. Ernie was agood friend, we sure enjoyed seeing you in town and getting to say Hi. If we can help in anyway let us know. Bonnie

Bruce and Bonnie Madsen Kadoka S.D.