Allen Earl Neumann, 83, passed away July 30, 2018 in Brenham.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, August 3, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church, with Pastor Katrina Walther officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Oaks Chapel.
Allen Earl Neumann was born August 7, 1934 to Carl and Eugenia Hartmann Neumann in Austin County, Texas. The family of three lived on a farm in Shelby, Texas. Allen still remembered the day in 1941, when he went to Brenham with his parents to purchase their first Farmall A tractor. He held on to that tractor and cherished it up to his final years.
Allen was baptized October 31, 1934 and confirmed April 10, 1949, both at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Shelby. He attended grade school in Shelby and graduated from Bellville High School in 1953. During his school years, Allen participated in FFA, baseball and track. Later that year, he married Vernice Geneal Dippel on November 28, 1953 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top. The couple resided in Houston for nine years before returning to the Brenham area. They were blessed with four children: Cindy, born in 1955, Veryl, born in 1957, Jay, born in 1958, and Barbara, born in 1962.
Allen was a truck driver most of his life. He was employed by Frito Lay, Coca-Cola, Blue Bell Creameries, LaRoche Chevrolet, and Alexander Oil Co. Allen and Vernice also managed Cowboy’s Place in the Burton area. He retired from Alexander Oil Co. in 1999 and was recognized for driving over one million miles during his career.
Pastimes included participating in the Washington Co. Horse Relay Team at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, collecting, restoring, and driving antique Farmall tractors, and going on trail rides. During retirement, Allen and Vernice enjoyed traveling to nearby states with their friends. He also enjoyed participating in the Annual Hill Country Antique Tractor and Engine Club Bluebonnet Tractor Ride in Fredericksburg. Each year, he proudly displayed his tractors at the Washington Co. Fair and drove in the Round Top July 4th parade.
Allen was a devoted member of Zion Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council, as well as serving as a leader of the youth on a ELCA youth gathering trip to New Orleans. He also enjoyed visiting Brenham’s Cowboy Church. During his final years, you could find him enjoying a donut with a cup of coffee at Max’s Donut Shop in the morning, and relaxing in his recliner. In the afternoons, Allen enjoyed watching Big Joe’s Polka Show with his cats, Snoopy and Bella.
Survivors include his children: Cindy and Donnie Lyles, Veryl Neumann, Jay Neumann, Barbara and Chris Gremmel; grandchildren: Bobbi Jo and Matt Supak, Chadd and Kaci Neumann, Lacey Neumann, Justin Lyles, LyNae Neumann, Courtney and Billy Bender, Blake Gremmel, Bailee Gremmel, and Nick Neumann; great-grandchildren: Nathan Simons, Jax Stewart, Brodie Jones, Braygen Calvin, Brazos Supak, Sandy Supak, Chase Neumann, Kailyn Neumann, Kimber Bender, and Harper Bender. Also surviving are Allen’s two pet companions, his cats, Bella and Snoopy.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Vernice Neumann, his parents, a granddaughter, Ashley Lyles, and special friend, Dustin Gross. Allen’s son, Jay Neumann, passed away hours after his father’s death on July 30, 2018.
Allen’s grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Sharecroppers members Emery Schulz, Royce Bartels, Bobby Reichle, Ryan Guerrero, Bobby Neumann, and Jeffery Maass.
Memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church Youth or to a favorite charity of your choice.
Funeral arrangements for Allen Earl Neumann are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.
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Thursday, August 02, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Memorial Oaks Chapel
1306 WEST MAIN
Brenham, Texas 77833
Friday, August 03, 2018
Zion Lutheran Church
1800 FM 2679
Brenham, TX 77833