Royal C. ‘Roy’ Neumann

Feb. 28, 1916 – Aug. 7, 2010

Royal C. "Roy" Neumann, a longtime Waukesha resident, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010, at Waukesha Springs at the age of 94. He was born Feb. 28, 1916, in Milton Junction, the son of Carl and Rosa (nee Gillis) Neumann.

As a young man, he learned the electrical trade from his brother-in-law, Fred Speer of Fort Atkinson, and also attended school as an apprentice in Watertown. During this time, he was involved in amateur boxing (as a lightweight) in Beloit and Janesville. On Oct. 15, 1939, he married the former Doris Mittelstadt in Fall Creek. While in that area, he was part of rural electrification in Wisconsin and later in Indiana. They moved to Waukesha and he worked for Salter Electric.

During that time, Roy proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He started his own business, Neumann Electric, in the late 1950s until his retirement in 1986. During his retirement, he worked part time for a while for Delzer Lithograph making deliveries in the Waukesha/Milwaukee area.

Roy was an avid swimmer and was a member of a local scuba diving club, which took him and his family on campouts all over the state. He was an Explorer Boy Scout leader, a member of the American Legion DJ Martin Post 8, the Elks and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He loved to fish, bowl, golf, and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.

He attended Elmbrook Church, where he was an usher for many years, and participated in many groups.

He will be sadly missed by his wife of more than 70 years, Doris of Waukesha; his children, Karen (William) May of Crandon, Dean (Carol) Neumann of Menomonee Falls and Carol (the late Jerome) Petrie of Waukesha; his eight grandchildren, Marla May (Jim) Newton of Madison, Tonimarie (Cody) Stratman of Bloomington, Ill., Tiffany (Billy) Haddow of Nekoosa, Shelley (Jack) Palubicki of Green Bay, Leta (Jesse) LaValle of Waukesha, Kelley (Sandi) Petrie of Waukesha, Marnie (Frank) Richards of Milwaukee and Jaloo (Mike) Becker of Waukesha; nine greatgrandchildren and one great-great-grandchild He is further survived by his stepgrandchildren, Elaine Avery and Burton (Elizabeth) Avery of Minneapolis, Minn.; three step-greatgrandchildren; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his three sisters, Beatrice, Toledia and Octavia; and his brother, Orvind.

The family wishes to thank the nursing staff on the second floor of Waukesha Springs, especially Donna and Jackie, as well as Wheaton Franciscan Home Health & Hospice for their kindness and compassion for Royal.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the 3 p.m. funeral service Friday, Aug. 13, at Elmbrook Church, 777 S. Barker Road, Brookfield, WI 53045. Full military honors will be presented following the service at church. Burial will be held at Trinity Cemetery in Fall Creek.

If desired, memorials are appreciated to Elmbrook Church (address above).

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035, or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com to leave an online tribute.