Walter Albert “Walt” Neumann, Jr., age 78, of Watertown, passed away peacefully with his wife, Kay, by his side, Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Waconia.
He was born March 16, 1941, to Walter and Rosella Neumann, Sr., the second of five children.
Walter was baptized April 20, 1941, by the Rev. Otto E. Kohn at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chaska; and confirmed April 3, 1955, by the Rev. John Stehr at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia.
Walt met the love of his life at the Green Giant Canning factory in Watertown. They married June 23, 1962, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, in Watertown, with Pastor Louis Wetzel officiating. Their union was blessed with two children, Troy and Todd; and four grandchildren, Tina, T.J., Natalie, and Chase.
An avid outdoor enthusiast, Walt loved doing landscaping and yard work, camping, fishing and hunting. He loved to travel to the NALCC conventions and get-togethers, in many states.
Walt and Kay belonged to the National Autumn Leaf Collectors Club since 1992. They traveled everywhere and made many friends. They also belonged to the Hamm’s Club for over 25 years.
Walt worked at the creamery in Waconia for five years, and then for Advance Machine, where he was a foreman for many years. After 35 and one-half years, he retired, in 2002.
Walt was a collector of Autumn Leaf Jewel tea dishes by Hall, and many products. He was also a big collector of brewery items of many different brands. He enjoyed collecting many items including toys, coins, pop bottles, playing cards, advertisements, book matches, and ash trays.
He was active in his church, St. Paul’s Lutheran in Watertown, where he served as an usher and played on the church dart ball team for years, along with his sons, Troy and Todd.
Walt was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Sr. and Rosella; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph and Dorothy Pysick; and brothers-in-law Francis Jones, Rollie Ulrich, and Ralph Pysick.
He is survived by his loving family: wife of 57 years, Kay; children Troy Neumann, and Todd (Sue) Neumann of Watertown; and his grandchildren: Tina Neumann and special friend Nick Schlechter, T.J. Neumann Jr., Natalie Neumann and special friend Tyler Hoese, and Chase Neumann.
Walt is further survived by sisters Sandra Jones, Darlene Schmidt, both of Watertown, and Rosemary (Owen) Fuglseth of Mound; brother Wilfred (Linda) Neumann of Norwood; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Glenn (Gerry) Pysick of Rogers, and Jane (Jim) Morrow of Watertown; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
There was a memorial service Saturday, March 14 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. Donald Andrix officiating. Visitation was from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church, prior to the service.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.