James H. Neumann

September 11, 1924 - September 09, 2019

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Saturday, September 14, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Wolcottville Chapel

Sunday, September 15, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Wolcottville Chapel


Sunday, September 15, 1:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Wolcottville Chapel


James Howard Neumann, 94, of Fort Wayne and formerly of Wolcottville died Monday, September 9, 2019, at 10:53 p.m. at Park Place Senior Living in Fort Wayne.

He was born September 11, 1924, in Crystal, Michigan, to Howard and Doris (Steere) Neumann.

On July 16, 1950, in Wolcottville he married Beverly Stenner. She preceded him in death on May 29, 1975. Then on August 28, 1976, in Wolcottville he married Eulias Mynhier. She preceded him in death on October 8, 1992.

Mr. Neumann retired from the US Postal Service 1982 as a rural letter carrier. He worked part time for his father at the Wolcottville Ford Garage for many years. Following his retirement from the US Postal Service, he was co-owner of the J & E Drug Store (formerly Denny’s Drugstore) in Wolcottville for several years and the House of Flowers which was located at the site of the current Humpty Dumpty Ice Cream Shop.

He honorably served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II as a navigator from 1943 to 1946 and retired from the USAF Reserves as a Major after serving for 25 years. He flew 35 missions during the war over Europe in a B17 with the 384th Bomb Group.

Jim was a member of the Woodruff Grove United Methodist Church, Wolcottville Lions Club, The Retired Officers Association, Wolcottville American Legion Post 110, Kendallville American Legion Post 86, Kendallville VFW Post 2749, Wolcottville Business Association, and the Rural Letter Carriers Association. He joined the Johnson Township Fire Department as a volunteer on October 6, 1953, and served for over 50 years. Jim also played an active role in the 4th of July celebrations and Senior Dinner in Wolcottville for many years. He enjoyed giving talks on maple syrup, bees, and WW II classes at the Wolcottville School. Jim was known for tapping trees on Cemetery Street and making maple syrup.

Surviving are a son, Mitchell (Ranay) Neumann of Wolcottville; four daughters, Brenda (Terry) Hisey of Fort Wayne, Jennifer (William) Stone of Fort Wayne, Denise (Kevin) Watters of Bedford, and Teri Beaty of Huntington; 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Doris Neumann; a brother, Wallace “Wally” Neumann; a son-in-law, Dave Beaty; and a grandson, Logan Neumann.

Funeral services will be Sunday, September 15, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville with the Rev. William Stone officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Wolcottville.

Honor guard services will be provided by the Honor Guard and active duty members of the U.S. Air Force.

Calling is Saturday, September 14, 2019, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Sunday.

Preferred memorials are to Johnson Township Fire Department.

View a video tribute after Sunday or share memories and condolences at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com

Guest Book

Kim Cooper
September 19th, 2019 4:15am

Your family has been in my thoughts. I enjoyed the time getting to know you and Jim. I know he will be missed. ....Kim Cooper ( friend of Marys from Park Place)

Bob Smith
September 11th, 2019 11:34pm
Del Rey Oaks, CA 93940

I remember Jim when I was growing up in Wolcottville he and my parents Carl and Annella Smith were very good friends. I am very sorry for your loss.

September 11th, 2019 11:13pm