Reverend Fred William Neumann

  • Born: March 12, 1939
  • Died: January 24, 2019
  • Location: Austin, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North

3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
Tel. (512) 452-8811

Tribute & Message From The Family

Reverend Fred William Neumann passed away on January 24, 2019. He was born in Marlin, Texas, on March 12, 1939. His parents were Fred W. Neumann and Jewel Mae Smith Neumann. He married Clara Lavon Chamness on May 30, 1959 at Grace Lutheran Church, Dallas, Texas. They celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on May 30, 2018. Fred was a Missouri Synod Lutheran pastor for 54 years. During the years of his education at Seminary, Fred taught 8th grade and served as interim Principal at Trinity Lutheran Church & School, Springfield, Illinois. His last year of Seminary he was employed by the State of Illinois to home school brain injured and maladjusted teenagers. He taught four students, and in later years received letters of thanks from two of them. He was a member of Austin Rotary and served as President of Northeast Austin Rotary during the 1980's. He also served on the board of Marywood Children and Family Services of Austin (now closed) in the 1980's.

Fred was baptized April 16, 1939 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Riesel, Texas, by Pastor E. A. Heckmann. He was confirmed March 29, 1953 at Grace Lutheran Church, Dallas, Texas, by Pastor Elmer Klenk.

He attended Concordia College of Austin, Concordia College of Seward, Nebraska, and Concordia Theological Seminary of Springfield, Illinois, (now located in Ft. Wayne, Indiana). He earned a Bachelor of Science in Education (1961), Bachelor of Divinity (1965), and Master of Divinity (1976). He was ordained August 1, 1965, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Gulfport, Mississippi. He served the following parishes: Vicarage at Trinity Lutheran Church, Orlando, Florida; Pastor at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Gulfport, Mississippi; Grace Lutheran Church, Lamesa, Texas, together with Faith Lutheran Church, Andrews, Texas; Faith Lutheran Church, Post, Texas; Trinity Lutheran Church, Norman, Oklahoma; and St. Paul Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas. Pastor Neumann was granted Pastor Emeritus at St. Paul Lutheran Church in 1997.

He is survived by his wife Lavon, his daughter Jacque Neumann Driskell (husband Stephen Driskell and their daughters Amanda Jewel and Rachel Elizabeth), his son Fred William Neumann V, his son John Aubrey Neumann (wife Alexa Reed Neumann, and John's children Scott Gerald Neumann [wife Kaitlyn Hurwitt Neumann, son William Peter Neumann], Hal Neumann, Suzanne Patricia Neumann), his sister-in-law Barbara Haedge Neumann and Emily Fairchild, the mother of John's children, along with numerous cousins and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Jewel Neumann, his brother James Ray Neumann, his daughter-in-law Caryn Denise Zoch Neumann and his granddaughter Katherine Grace Neumann.

The family wishes to extend thanks to the staff of Texas Home Health Hospice and Brush Country Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their care of Fred over the recent months.

Fred's life will be celebrated at a Memorial Service at Saint Paul Lutheran Church, 3501 Red River, Austin, Texas 78705 on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 2:00 PM with Reverend Richard Mittwede officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church Altar Guild or St. Paul Lutheran Church Organ Fund, 3501 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78705.


Condolence & Memory Journal


Raymond and I are so sorry for your loss. I remember when you and Fred came to visit my mother in the nursing home in Waco. He officiated at my mother's funeral. (Selma Mulsow) I just found out of his passing from Barbara Kaspar this past week at quilting. Sending prayers and hugs.

Jane Mulsow Teske

Posted by A friend   February 13, 2019

Remembering Pastor Neumann for many milestones: he confirmed me as an adult, officiated my wedding and baptized Curt, my older son. He was a life-long friend of the family and always humored me.
I think he coined this phrase, "He who drinks a 5th on the Fourth (reference to July) shall not come forth on the Fifth."
May God's peace reside with Lavon, Stephen & Jacque, Butch, John & Lexi and the entire Neumann family.

Posted by Jen Offen - Temple, TX   February 09, 2019

we are sad about his passing a great man an pastor may god bless hiss family always

Posted by brenda basore basore basore - Pflugerville, TX - Friend   February 03, 2019

Pastor Neumann was special to me. He became our Pastor at St. Paul when I was 14 yrs. old. He officiated at my wedding and baptized both of my sons. He was so kind to me and helped me through some difficult times. I will always remember him fondly. I am so sorry for the family's loss. My prayers and condolences to and for you all.

Posted by Jeannie Fickel - Liberty Hill, TX   February 03, 2019

My heart is saddened to learn of Pastor Neumann's passing. Pastor Neumann was a huge person in the lives of my 3 siblings and myself. He was there for us when our mother passed away at a young age in 1984. We were 12, 10, 4 and 3 at the time. He officiated the funeral for my father who passed away almost 2 years ago. He was a strong supporter of my father as he was readying himself to attend the Seminary in St. Louis, MO as a single father of 4 children. God bless Lavon and his family as they go through this difficult time. Pastor Nuemann will truly be missed but my memories of him will remain with me always.

Posted by Eric Johnson - Broken Arrow, OK - Friend   February 03, 2019

My Pastor for so many years, my friend, also. Such a kind and caring man. He possessed a wonderful sense of humor and great intelligence. He helped so many people through the years and truly lived a life of service. My love to Lavon and all of the family.

Posted by Mary Lou Lane - Austin, TX - Friend   February 03, 2019

We were so sorry to hear about Fred. We will miss his wit and Don will miss the breakfast meetings with him. We know he is at peace now and in a wonderful place.

Posted by Don and Janell Hatley - Wilmington, NC - Friend   February 02, 2019

A good man, a good pastor, a good friend. He was patient, caring, and joyful. My sympathy to the family.

Posted by Roy Bohrer - Austin, TX   January 29, 2019

I'll miss his crazy wit, his wisdom, and his Christian compassion.
Former classmate David Melber

Posted by A friend   January 28, 2019

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