Eldon Neumann

November 03, 1929 ‒ August 01, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

Update: A graveside service will be held Friday, September 18, 2020, in Crawford County Memory Gardens in Crestline officiated by Certified Celebrant Dave Roberts. All are invited to attend.

Eldon M. Neumann, age 90, passed away August 1, 2020, in OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital from COVID-19 complications.

Eldon was born Nov 3, 1929, in Crawford Co. to parents Russell & Myrtle (Stone) Neumann and was a 1947 graduate of North Robinson High School where he excelled in basketball, baseball, and track. He met a lovely young woman named Phyllis (Palmer) and the pair married on Aug 12, 1967.

He retired from The Wagner Hardware Company in Mansfield after 43 years of service. No one knew hardware like Eldon! He was twice awarded the wholesale hardware salesman of the year by the Ohio Hardware Association in the 1960s before joining the home office and retiring as executive vice president in 1999.

Eldon enjoyed watching (and often attended) Cleveland Browns and Indians and OSU football and basketball games throughout the years. Hunting and fishing were Eldon‘s favorite hobbies as his pursuits took him to NM, WY, CO, MI, FL, OH, Lake Erie, and Canada with lifelong friends in a converted school-bus-turned-RV aptly named “Our Dog House.” Family, however, was Eldon‘s passion. He kept an address notebook of siblings, nieces and nephews, friends, and hardware acquaintances and communicated frequently with all. He guided and shared his knowledge and experiences with his children and grandchildren. His death will leave a void but happy memories in all their hearts.

He is survived by children (& spouses) Steve & Bonnie Neumann of Plain City, Mike & Carrie Neumann of Austin, TX, and Beth & Tim Frey of Oxford; grandchildren Scott (Anne) Dietrich, Grace Neumann, Nate Neumann, Curtis Akers, and Adam Akers; great-grandchildren Cameron and Kennedy Dietrich; sister Dorothy Buerger of Kennett Square, PA; sisters-in-law Lois Neumann and Carolyn Neumann; 18 nieces and nephews; along with many, many wonderful friends.

In addition to his parents, Eldon was preceded in death by his loving wife of 52 years, Phyllis Neumann, on Jan 27, 2020; siblings Arthur, Carol, Dale, Hazel, and Richard; and best friend Paul Mahler of Galion.

His final resting place will be Crawford County Memory Gardens in Crestline where the family will gather to bury his urn later this year. In lieu of flowers, contributions to OhioHealth Hospice may be sent to the funeral home (PO Box 3085, Mansfield, OH 44904). Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Eldon’s family. Share a memory with them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Steve, Beth, and Mike, I am very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. He was a very important part of my dad’s life. Their time together throughout the years made my dad smile every time he talked about him. I can remember the excitement of talking about their trips together in “Our Dog House” and having fun watching “slides” from every trip. (I don’t think I’ve used that word in this context in 20 years!) Every moment was so special to him with your dad. The picnics at the farm, the dinners on Crestview, the trip to Northern Michigan, the gatherings in Lexington with your mom and dad and my kids… they were toddlers then. We had a wonderful time in Ocean Reef fishing. My father was so excited to host Eldon and Phyllis there. He would smile more than ever when he would talk about Eldon. They had a beautiful lifelong friendship. . May he Rest In Peace and your family cherish all of the wonderful memories you had with him.

    • Thanks Karen. Dad lived with dementia for the last five years and even though his health was relatively good his body had recently begun to fail. So we had time to prepare for the inevitable. But it’s never easy to loose your dad as you know. Dad and Paul shared a lot of really good times – they had a lot of history together. They’re probably out somewhere in their bus right now. In going through dad’s accumulation of pictures I’ve come across lots of your family. When I finish I’ll send them your way – there are some good ones. Later, Sn

  • To Steve, Bonnie and the whole Neumann family we share our deepest condolences and prayers for all of you. May your memories comfort you in the days ahead.

    KC and Chris Farrell

  • Steve and family, so sorry to hear of your Father’s passing. I didn’t know your stepmother had passed away this year as well. Sending our deepest sympathy and prayers your way.

    • Thanks Amelia and Chuck. Dad lived a good life, really loved his family and friends. It’s a shame COVID took him sooner than expected.

  • To Eldon Neumans Family,
    I just saw Eldons obit and am so sorry for your loss. I have known your fathers family since 1937 when I was 3 years old. We’re neighbors at North Robinson.I have stayed friends with Dorothy since then.
    I send you and family my thoughts and prayers. Peace to you all.
    Love and Aloha,
    Marilyn Ritzhaupt Andrade

    • Thanks Marilyn. Dad lived a great life and we’ll miss him dearly. It’s great that you have maintained your connection the the Neumann family for so long. Aunt Dorothy talks often of your friendship and her recent trip to visit you in WA. Steve