OBITUARY

Elmond Henry Neumann

November 6, 1930January 7, 2019
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Elmond Henry Neumann, age 88, passed away on January 7, 2019 in Austin, Texas. He was the spouse of the late Esther E. Neumann. They resided in Killeen, Texas.

Elmond was born November 6, 1930 in Round Top, Texas, the son of Henry and Stella (Wunderlich) Neumann. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served from 1949-1970. He was stationed in Japan in 1949 after basic training; in South Korea in 1950 after the Korean war broke out; in Ft. Jackson, South Carolina in 1951; and in Germany, where he retired from the military in 1970. His MOS was Mess Sergeant and his rank was Sergeant First Class. Elmond was awarded an Occupation Medal (Japan); Korean Service Medal with 5 Bronze Service Stars; and a United Nations Service Medal. After he retired from the military, he worked in Civil Service in Germany for 25 years.

He met the love of his life, the late Esther Elfriede Humm, while stationed in Germany. They were married on January 21, 1956, in Germany and lived there many years before retiring to Killeen, Texas in 1996.

They enjoyed traveling, visiting family and friends in Germany each year, and those who lived in and near La Grange, Texas. One of their favorite past-times was going to Las Vegas, Nevada. Elmond was an excellent cook and enjoyed cooking for others. He liked to work in his yard and took pride in it. He also enjoyed watching game shows like Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! . He and Esther were very fond of their special pets, Niki, and Chico.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Esther; three sisters: Junell Blankenburg, Virginia Kruse, and Corrine Ruether Lehmann; a brother, Henry Neumann, Jr.; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Neumann; six brothers-in-law: Gilbert Simmons, Arno Ruether, Johnny Kruse, Quintus Lehmann, Lawrence Blankenburg, and Georg Humm.

Survivors include: a step-son, Bernd Humm and wife, Margarete, of Germany; a step-grandson, René Humm, of Germany; a sister, Margie Simmons, of Burrillville, Rhode Island; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends Porfirio and Lisa Vidal and their children, Izzy, Isaiah, and Isaac, of Killeen, Texas.

The family wishes to thank everyone at Legacy Oaks Assisted Living and Memory Care Center and Encompass Health Hospice in Austin, Texas who provided Elmond with compassionate and quality end of life care.

  • FAMILY

  • Bernd Humm, Step-son
  • Ren`e Humm, Step-grandson
  • Margie Simmons, Sister
  • Numerous Nieces and Nephews

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, January 17, 2019
  • Graveside Service Thursday, January 17, 2019
REMEMBERING

Elmond Henry Neumann

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Jeffrey Simmons

February 3, 2019

I would like to express my deepest sympathies to Elmond's family and friends. I am very sorry to hear of his passing. Jeffrey Simmons

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Biography

      Elmond Henry Neumann was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Elmond always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Elmond was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

       His parents were Henry and Stella Neumann. Elmond was raised in In the country in Fayette county Texas. Always able to express himself well, Elmond possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Elmond was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Elmond was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Elmond was raised with five siblings. He had two older sisters, Virginia and Corrine, a younger brother, Henry and two younger sisters, Martie and Junnell. Elmond had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

       Elmond was attentive to Esther's feelings, and he charmed Esther and others with his gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Elmond was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Very much like a kid himself, Elmond identified with the inquisitive and creative side of his children’s personalities. He was able to direct his energy and spontaneity towards helping his children acquire added common sense skills. Elmond was blessed with one step-son, Bernd Humm. They were also blessed with one step-grandson, Rene' Humm.

      Elmond was an Army Veteran. Elmond was a cool thinker who could handle himself well in a crisis. He was stationed in Japan in 1949 after basic training; in South Korea in 1950 after the Korean War broke out; in Ft. Jaackson, South Carolina in 1951 and in Germany. Elmond saw action for one in the Korean War. He achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class. He received several awards including the Occupation Medal (Japan);Korean Service Medal with five Bronze Service Stars; and a United Nations Service Medal. He showed leadership qualities and could make tough decisions when he was called upon to do so.

      Elmond enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes. His favorite pursuits were traveling; visiting family and friends,going to Las Vegas, watching game shows like Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! He was an excellent cook and enjoyed cooking for others. He liked working in the yard and took pride in it. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Elmond was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. He and his wife Esther had several Black Poodles over the years,Niki and Chico were their most recent.

      When Elmond’s retirement finally came in 1970, he was well prepared. He used logical analysis of his retirement options in order to ensure his retirement would be fulfilling. Still, he was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. He retired in Germany, and then he relocated to Killeen, Texas. In retirement, he found new pleasure in traveling to Las Vegas, Nevada and to Germany each year.

      Elmond passed away on January 7, 2019 at Legacy Oaks Memory Care Center in Austin, Texas. He fought a brave battle against dementia and parkinson's disease. He is survived by a step-son Bernd Humm and wife Margarete; a step-grandson Rene' Humm; a sister Margie Simmons and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were held at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, Texas. Elmond was laid to rest in the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery with military Funeral Honors Ceremony.

      Elmond was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Elmond had a theme song written about him, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Elmond Henry Neumann.