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Theodore "Ted" R. Neuman

Died: Mon., Jul. 4, 2011

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STEVENSVILLEa- Theodore "Ted" Ralph Neuman passed away unexpectedly July 4, 2011, in Stevensville, taking care of the land he loved.

Ted was born Jan. 5, 1923, in Roundup to William H. Neuman and Elsie Mae (Sealey) Neuman. He graduated from Roundup High School in 1941 and in the fall of that year entered Carroll College in Helena. Upon the invasion of Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Ted was accepted as a naval cadet and stationed in Pensacola, Fla., for training as a Navy pilot. After graduation, he flew PBY Catalinas for reconnaissance and air-sea rescue missions on the Atlantic coast and in the Aleutian Islands. Near the end of World War II, he was stationed on an aircraft carrier bound for Japan when the war ended.

After an honorable discharge from the Navy, he returned to Montana and took a job as a tour bus driver for Yellowstone National Park and worked for several years taking tourists all around the park. He then returned to Montana State College in Bozeman to resume his education and graduated in 1951 with a degree in agricultural engineering. While attending college he met the love of his life, Rosemarie Schneiter of Belgrade. They were married in Bozeman on Nov. 26, 1953.

Ted worked for many years as a design engineer building dams and reservoirs across the state of Montana. Ted, Rosemarie and family moved to Stevensville in 1969 and purchased a farm northeast of town, where they settled in to raise cows and kids. Ted became a registered land surveyor and had his own business. For many years, he worked up and down the Bitterroot Valley.

Ted was a self-taught musician who influenced not only his family but many others to learn and enjoy old-time music. The Neumans played as a family many times together in a variety of venues. After the children grew up and left home, Ted and Rose continued playing music and were active members of the Old Time Fiddlers Association.

Ted was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Sister Mary Carmella; and brothers John and Jim. He is survived by his wife Rosemarie; children Irene (Ed) of Cornelius, Ore., Laura (Charles) of Vashon Island, Wash., Dan (Tonya) of Missoula and Tim (Theresa) of Great Falls; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister Helen Hughes of Wolf Creek; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Ted will be greatly missed as a man, husband, father, grandfather, musician, friend and patriot.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the Stevensville Senior Center, 100 Mission St.; reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please make remembrances to American Legion or VFW.

Read more: http://missoulian.com/news/local/obituaries/article_bfdba7c8-a8a0-11e0-9caa-001cc4c03286.html#ixzz1ReQIF5cd

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