William Richard Neumann better known as Bill, was born in Ft. Morgan, Colorado, December 5th,1936. Bill went to be with the Lord in Vero Beach, Florida, January 30, 2015.
As a child, Bill and his mother and father and two sisters, Barbara and Sandy, moved to Laramie, Wyoming and eventually moved to McCook, Nebraska. Bill attended McCook High School and was a member of the band and a member of the football team. Bill graduated from McCook High School in 1954 and joined the Army Paratroopers shortly thereafter. He graduated from the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He served in Germany with the 11th Airborne Division and was honorably discharged, January 20, 1958.
Bill attended and graduated from McCook Junior College and at that time, met his future wife, Carol. Bill and Carol were married in McCook, Nebraska, August 16, 1959.
In the early 60's they moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where Bill attended and graduated from the University of Nebraska. They then moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia where Bill worked for IT&T and eventually moved back to Denver where Bill was employed by Martin Marietta in the Aerospace division and was part of the Space Shuttle Program. While in Colorado, he and Carol raised three children. Son Brian and twin daughters, Cathy and Christy.
Bill and Carol eventually moved to Washington, DC, and were part of a Systems Engineering Integration Contract to update the air traffic control systems throughout the United States.
Bill and Carol retired to Florida and lived for a time in the Pantherwoods/Meadowood Golf Course community in Ft. Pierce. Due to Bill's illness (COPD) he had to give up golf and in 2005 they moved to their present home in the Vineyard, here in Vero Beach.
Bill's children were his first priority. He loved them deeply and was always ready to give them financial guidance and support whenever they needed it. Bill also loved dabbling in the stock market and with his analytical mind he became quite proficient.
Bill and Carol have been members of Grace Baptist Church for the past 12 years. Bill loved the Lord and during his illness he placed his trust in the Lord completely. He was such a trooper and I know that only with God at his side was he able to endure the suffering he has had to go through these past several years.
Carol says she feels so fortunate to have been blessed with this wonderful man, her soul mate, for the past 55 years. He made sure they were financially secure and because of his wonderful analytical mind his decisions were safe and always well thought out. Carol said he was her best friend and pal. They traveled and loved it and lived life to it's fullest. Carol said she loved his sense of humor. That is how he acquired the nickname, (affectionately known by all), "Bad Billy". He earned it!!
Survivors include his wife Carol, son Brian (Jody)of Aurora, Colorado, daughters Cathy (Mike) Mastroianna of Thornton, Colorado and Christy Kammer of Parker, Colorado. Eight grandchildren, Benjamin, Chloe', Josiah, Esther, Kara, Jarron, Heidi, Bryanna. Eight great grandchildren, Isabella, Alizea, Julia, Jarron, Jr., Demetrius, Sophia, Leah and Ella of the Denver area. Sisters Barbara (Ed) Dowell of North Platte, Nebraska and Sandy (Jim) Reisinger of Loveland, Colorado.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph and Bernadine Neumann and his son Mitchell Scott Neumann.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Grace Baptist Church in Vero Beach. Burial will take place Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado at a later date.