David Neiman

David Neiman

Saturday March 21, 2020

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Obituary for David C. Neiman

Dave Neiman, 79, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on March 21st, 2020 at his home in Clear Lake. Dave was born July 27th, 1940 in Cleveland, Ohio to Harry and Dorothy Neiman. He graduated from West Waterloo High School and Iowa State University. He married Shelly (Blakeman) Jay on August 18th, 2000. He recently retired from his job with Minnesota Rural Water Association where he assisted many utility departments across the state of Minnesota with water supply protection plans. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of St. Cloud where he served on the session and building committees, Clear Lake Lions, and the Smith & Wesson Collectors Association. He was a prior member of Christ Community Church and served on the leadership team, Elks, Minnesota Ground Water Association, American Water Works Association, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He was a founding member of the Crow Wing County Mounted Patrol and Fire Chief of Mission Township. Dave was awarded the Firefighter of the Year award for the State of Minnesota. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren. He had many hobbies including hunting, RC cars and airplanes, ham radio, photography, sailing, reloading and serving others in the community. He enjoyed historical re-enactments with his wife and family. He was a treasured member of his Elk Lake Neighborhood.

Dave is survived by his wife of 20 years, Shelly, children Kayla (Dan) Woodall, Karey (David) Stryker, Andrew (Kalie) Jay, Hannah (Paul) Erwin, son-in-law Jeff Southerton, stepchildren Brad, Brian and Bruce Chaffee. Grandchildren Corbin and Norah Woodall, Nic, Cole & Cory Southerton, Liam & Josie Erwin, Laura Kate & Dylan Neiman, and Baby Jay due in May. Great grandson Stetson Southerton. Brother Rick (Marion) Neiman, sisters Susan (Doug) Ostein and Nancy (Charles) Dykeman. Niece Juliana (Ryan) Curtis and nephews Greg (Krista) Neiman and Dean (Kelly) Neiman.

He will be missed by many others whose lives he touched through his work and his personal life. Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Dorothy Neiman, sons Steven and Jeffery Neiman, and daughter Laurie Southerton.

A private family memorial service will be held at the Halvorson Taylor Funeral Home in Brainerd, MN.

Arrangements are with the Halvorson Taylor Funeral Home in Brainerd.

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  • Private Family Memorial Service

    Wednesday March 25, 2020 |
    Halvorson Taylor Funeral Home
    512 South 8th Street
    Brainerd, MN
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    Wednesday March 25, 2020
    A private family memorial service will be held at the Halvorson Taylor Funeral Home in Brainerd, MN.

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Dave Peterson

Condolences to the family and all who know and love Dave. He was involved with the city of Riverton these past years through the Minnesota Rural Water Association and was instrumental in assisting us with the development and implementation of the city's wellhead protection plan. He even volunteered to continue to be a part of our committee after he recently retired. We are indebted to him for his professional and friendly guidance and his dedication to assist communities with water protection issues. We will miss our friend Dave and are saddened by his passing.
Comment | Posted at 11:28pm via Condolence

Mike Roers

So sad to hear about Dave. Thoughts and prayers to all
Mike Roers
Comment | Posted at 09:24am via Condolence

Ruth Hubbard

My condolences to the family of Dave. I have been blessed to had worked with Dave for 20 plus years. Dave was a gentle giant. Very passionate about his work and his friendships. Dave was very instrumental in building great relationships between the Minnesota Rural Water Association and many other agencies. Dave and I traveled in Washington DC many times and he was articulate in voicing the concerns of small municipal systems and source water protection needs. You will be missed by family, friends and the industry.
Comment | Posted at 12:31pm via Condolence

Karen Voz

I will truly miss being able to talk with Dave, working closely with Dave our the past 10 years, he was always a phone call away!! I learned so much from Dave, what passion for your work is,and I don’t know of anyone in my working career that had more passion for their work than Dave. He loved his work so much, that I remember sitting at the kitchen table of an owner of a public water supply and we were there for a couple of hours and Dave just made them feel at ease with what we were asking them to do to protect the drinking water at their business. A very special person and I will miss him very much.
Comment | Posted at 12:10pm via Condolence

Robyn Hoerr

Dave was a truly wonderful friend, but also someone I had the pleasure and honor to work with over the last 22 years. The world is a better place for having Dave in it! God's peace and blessings to Shelly and the kids while navigating this difficult time.
--Robyn H.
Comment | Posted at 06:12pm via Condolence

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