Phillip A. “Phil” Naumann
November 30, 1923 ‒ January 02, 2013
BELLVILLE: Phil Naumann never met a stranger. When he met someone new he would talk and talk until they were as old friends. His sharp mind kept conversation topics entertaining and endless.
A real people-person, Phillip A. Naumann passed away at his rural Bellville home Wednesday, January 2, 2013. He was 89.
Phil was born November 30, 1923 in Lefor, North Dakota to Phillip and Anna (Heidecker) Naumann. Raised in a home where speaking German was the main method of communication, Phil put his bilingual skills to good use as an US Army interpreter during WWII. He worked in Berlin, intercepting German messages and decoding them.
On November 21, 1945 he married Alice M. Weiler. After the war, Phil was the fifth person hired by General
Motors in Mansfield. He worked as a tool & die maker for 30 years before retiring in 1985.
Once retired, Phil could devote his full attention to his favorite job: running the family farm. Although he enjoyed fishing, golfing, and taking the family on picnics, his real passion was tending to his 75 acres and making hay.
Phil had a hidden talent: he had an incredible mind for facts especially historical facts. He took pride in his heritage and thought more people should explore their own. His remarkable memory made him a great resource for all kinds of stories.
He was a life member of American Legion Post #535 in Bellville, AMVETS Post #31 of Mansfield, VFW Post #5101 of Lexington. He was also a former member of the Moose Lodge, Mansfield Liederkranz, and Sons of Herman.
Phil is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Alice Naumann; his sons Gerald (Mary Ann) Naumann of Shelby, Terry (Bev Tracy) Naumann of Tiffin, and Douglas (Stacey) Naumann of Mt. Gilead; grandchildren Ryan (Tami) Naumann of Galion and Tamie Naumann of Mansfield; step-grandchildren Scott (Kathy) Tracy, Seth Weaver, and Shea Weaver; great-granddaughter Courtney (Clint) Hite; great-great-granddaughter Allyson Hite; sisters-in-law Lena Naumann of Dickinson, ND, Blanche Naumann of Taylor, ND, and Ann Weiler of Colorado; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers and a sister.
The Naumann family will receive friends 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, January 6, 2013 at the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a memorial service celebrating his life will begin at 4 p.m. Celebrant Jerry Wilson will officiate.
Snyder funeral homes is honored to serve the Naumann family and private condolences to them may be made by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com