Carl Neuman

Date of Death: Dec 13, 2014
Carl Neuman
[highlight_text]1930-2014[/highlight_text] Today, God called our husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, great-great grandfather, brother-in-law, cousin, and friend home to entertain the crowds in heaven! Carl Walter Neuman, age 84, of Waupun, died Saturday, December 13, 2014 at his home.


[leftcolumn]He was born on July 26, 1930, in Lebanon, son of Fred and Jueinitta (Stark) Neuman. He was united in marriage to Lucille (Dins) who preceded him in death in 1969. He married Evelyn (Schwarze) on January 19, 1974 at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Carl proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He just returned from the Badger Honor Flight. He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church and dedicated usher. He was employed as a tractor mechanic for a local John Deere dealership for over 35 years (the best John Deere mechanic in the area)! He loved to play his concertina and entertain the crowds. He was the number one fan of his great grandchildren attending their baseball, basketball and softball games. He was their number one fan. Friday night fish fries were first on his agenda for the start of the weekend. MJ’s will miss him! He was an avid fisherman and never kept a trout that wasn’t a premium prize. He was an excellent car mechanic as well as tractor mechanic. Carl was an active member of the American Legion (past commander), Veterans of Foreign Wars, Fond Du Lac Area Musicians, American Legion Honor Guard and the Waupun Volksfest Committee. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame, and was appointed to the World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame. He enjoyed being with family, playing the concertina, & trout fishing on the Mecan, the meanest stream around. He played concertina for special events, weddings, annual family reunions, assisted living centers, and Senior Centers. He loved German festivals and attending grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s Christmas programs.

Those Carl leaves behind to cherish his memory include his eight children: Christina (Robert) Beske of Adams, WI, Karen Baasch (Wayne Stobb) of Waupun, Cheryl (Pete) Brodzeller of Wausau, Mary (Dennis) Mittelstaedt of Waupun, Donna (Clyde) Maxwell of Waupun, Wayne (Gloria) Schwarze of Knoxsville, TN, Roy (Sue) Schwarze of Alexandria, MN, and Brian Schwarze of Lakeworth, FL; grandchildren: Gregory (Jenna)Beske and James Beske, Shelly Lackey, Randy (Vicki) Lackey, and Kevin (Susie) Lackey, Eric (Elizabeth)White and Adam White, Derek and Jamie Brodzeller, Tammy (Gregg) Biever, Mike Mittelstaedt, Terry (Susan) Mittelstaedt, Katie (Joey) Mittelstaedt, Clyde (Brandi) Maxwell), Andi (Mark) Colker, Erin Maxwell, Stephanie Schwarze, Jennifer (Chris) Nies, Hannah Schwarze, Racheal (Chris) Schwarze, Elwood (Woody) Schwarze, and Jon Schwarze; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his first wife and parents, Carl was preceded in death by an infant son, Charles Neuman; his brother, Marvin Neuman; a sister, Erna Uecker; his brother-in-law, Orlando Uecker; and a great-grandchild.[/leftcolumn]

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Visitation: [/highlight_text] Friends and relatives of Carl Neuman may call on the family on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at the Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun and on Wednesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Services: [/highlight_text] Funeral services for Carl Neuman will be held Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waupun with Rev. Elizabeth Lee officiating.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Burial: [/highlight_text] Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun with American Legion Post 210 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6709 providing military honors.[/rightcolumn]


  1. Judy Carlson Says: December 15, 2014 at 6:11 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I have the privilege of working with Roy Schwarze in Alexandria, Mn.
    And had a wonderful time when I met Carl and Evelyn at Roys home. Carl had musical talent that will be missed. My love and condolences go out to you all.

  2. Len Strozinski - Buttons & Banjo Band Says: December 15, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    I was shocked to learn that another of my Concertina Hall of Fame friends has gone to play in the big polka band in the sky. On behalf of the Buttons & Banjo band and myself I extend my sincere condolences to Carl’s family. Carl and his band played music at the Dorfhaus in Roxbury on the 3rd Mondays of the month while we played on the 1st Mondays and sometimes we traded gigs. Carl was a wonderful person and an excellent concertina artist. The concertina and polka community has suffered a huge loss.

  3. Stuart Grulke Says: December 16, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Carl’s sudden departure left me in awe as I was preparing to send Christmas greetings to the family. Carl was scheduled to play a solo (How Great Thou Art) for my brother’s memorial this past Oct. at the Immanual Lutheran Church, Lebanon. Carl had to cancel the volunteer commitment. He couldn’t apologize enough as the Honor Flight came through for him and was so well deserved for his outstanding service to the USA during the Korean War. The many years growing up as neighbors and a close life time friend will be cherished forever.
    I can’t play the concertina (Pear Buttons’) nor sing well but it’s my turn now Carl, “How Great Thou Art”.

  4. Arl Brooks-Carlson Says: December 17, 2014 at 12:29 am

    The music industry will miss a great concertina player. I knew Carl as part of the Volksfest celebration every year. He and Evelyn also subscribed to my polka publication, The Fox Valley Polka Review since June of 2000. He left his earthly world on 12/13/14. A rare date in the history of calendars. Keep squeezin’ that concertina! Will miss you.

  5. Larry Beyer Says: December 19, 2014 at 7:42 am

    It was with great sadness and joy to see Carl’s announcement.
    When setting up Waupun Volksfest every year, I could always count on Carl to be there helping out. We would talk about how many years he has been helping out and of the German festival at Immanual Lutheran church in Lebanon. The Lord has called Carl home. We all look to the day when we can be with our Lord Jesus Christ.

  6. Carlene Wojahn Says: January 2, 2015 at 12:38 am

    My condolences to the family. I was just telling my Granddaughter Sadie about him and his polka music. Lost touch with him but always enjoyed memories of his music.

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