Lawrence D. Neuman

Lawrence Neuman, 78, of Independence, Iowa, was called home on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, at MercyOne in Dubuque, surrounded by his children.  To honor Lawrence’s life, a memorial service will be held at 10 am, on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, at the Trinity Bible Church, 125 Orchard Dr, in Cedar Falls on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020.  Family and friends are welcome to join in through Facebook live.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Lawrence’s family.


Lawrence, AKA Chief, Butch, or Larry, was born on July 31, 1942 in Waterloo, IA, a son to Walter and Donna (Bayeh) Neuman.  In Sept. 1961, Lawrence joined the U.S. Navy and completed 3 tours on the USS Kitty Hawk CVA-63, V1 Division. In 1965, he was honorable discharged with the rank of ABH2.  Following his time in the service, he moved back to Waterloo and invested over 15 years with John Deere.  Lawrence had three children with Sandy (Dorwin) Neuman; Nathan (Allison) Neuman, Heather (Dave) Oltrogge, and Ben (Dana) Neuman. He later married Jeannie Neuman and helped raise her daughter; Vicki (Tavis) Addison. Lawrence owned and operated System Services alongside his son, Nate, until he retired. He thoroughly enjoyed retirement and embraced every opportunity to spend some quality time with family and friends, especially with his undeniably adored grandchildren.  Golfing, which he referred to as “another day at the office”, was always at the top of his list and overseeing the 3 Elms Golf Course League in Independence brought him true joy.  He also enjoyed scuffing the tip of his pool cue with a cold drink nearby whenever possible, showing off his karaoke skills for those willing to listen, along with painting and working on his most recent puzzles.  Our hearts are broken today, but thankfully we have an abundance of memories to help heal the tears through the days ahead.  We are so very thankful that we were blessed to have a wonderful family vacation to Tennessee this July that was filled with fellowship, fun, and much laughter.  Lawrence will be missed by all who knew and loved him and we now wait patiently to see his joyful smile once again.   


Lawrence is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 5 siblings, Tom (Kim) Neuman, Evansdale, IA, Nancy (Cliff) McFarland, La Porte City, IA, Carol Pettengill, Moorhead, MN, Patty (Monty) Martin, Sabin, MN, and John (Susie) Neuman, Athens, MI.


Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Michael and Jerry; and 1 sister, Gloria.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lawrence’s name to the American Cancer Society.


Online condolences for Lawrence’s family may be left at

Memorial Service

Trinity Bible Church
125 Orchard Drive, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 50613
December 12th, 2020 at 10:00 AM

9 comments on “Lawrence D. Neuman
  1. Jason Thompson says:

    My heart goes out to the Neuman family for their loss. I wish we could all be together to celebrate his life. He was a great man who will be missed by many. Love you guys.

  2. Kortney Breshears says:

    My heart goes out his family. Chief will always be on a pedestal to me for how amazing he treated my Aunt Marilyn. He held her hand to the end and I’ll eternally be grateful for the love he gave her. I pray his soul rests in peace. Such a good man.

  3. Steve Mosley says:

    Nate and Family, We are sorry for the loss of your father, No matter how old we are, it’s never easy to lose a parent. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you and your family grieve.

    2 Corinthians 5:8 “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord”.

    Steve Mosley
    Auxiliary Systems Dept.

  4. Chris & Erin Snee says:

    Nate and Family, Our deepest sympathies to you and your family during this difficult time. Know that we are sharing in your sorrow and lifting you up in prayer. Wishing you God’s peace and loving memories of your Father to forever hold in your hearts.

  5. Janan Timmer says:

    Lawrence was always so kind and always smiling. God bless you all as you walk through this difficult time. Peace forever now for my old friend.

  6. Sharla Backer says:

    Lawrence was a wonderful man and will be missed by all! It is a shame we aren’t able to be together to celebrate his life, but I guess Facebook will have to do. Thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time!

  7. Michelle Neuman says:

    My fondest memory of Uncle Butch is playing poker with him after Grandpa Neuman’s funeral. I wish I had gotten to know him more because he sounds like a great man. My condolences go out to his family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. john neuman says:

    sorry my brother passed on and wish we could have been closer but never seemed to work out that way. my condolances to his family, children and friends for their loss. thank you for your service and rest in peace.

  9. Joyce (Slater) Halverson says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Butchie was a cousin of mine, memories of hanging out as children at family reunions with his brother Jerry and cousin Beverly. Take comfort in your memories.

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