|Posted On line: Monday, March 4, 2013; Published in The Pilot Tribune, Tuesday, March 5, 2013|
Albert J. Newman, 81
Albert J. Newman, 81, formerly of Emmetsburg, Iowa, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Community in Blair.
Services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 5, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery at Emmetsburg with military rites performed by the V.F.W Post 2295 of Emmetsburg.
Albert "Al" Johnnie Newman was born August 29, 1931, in Eddy County, Warwick, N.D., to Johnnie and Georgia (Coenen) Newman. He graduated from New Rockford High School. He moved to Emmetsburg with his parents in 1949. He worked with Commercial Construction Company until 1952, when he joined the United States Army.
He took his basic training and radio schooling in Camp Roberts, Calif. Then he was sent to Korea, where he was stationed in the battle zone as a rifleman and radio operator. He was promoted to sergeant and chief radio operator of the 179th Regiment where he served until the end of the Korean War. He returned home in 1954.
On April 12, 1955, he married Catherine "Kay" L. Johnson at his dying father’s bedside and then on April 17, 1955, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg.
He attended bricklaying school and continued in construction as construction superintendent until 1983. He then went to work with Combined Insurance Company as a representative until retiring in 2000.
Mr. Newman was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, V.F.W. Post 2295 in Emmetsburg and American Legion Post 0036.
He got his pilot’s license and enjoyed flying. He loved hunting, fishing and playing cards with his family.
He moved to Fairmont, Minn., for 10 years and then to Blair, to be closer to family.
He is survived by his wife, Kay; and children and their spouses, Johnnie Newman, Kristi (Dave) Reinders, Robbie (Jean) Newman and Kim (Bob) Sims; sisters, Ellen Dix and Arlene (Burdette) Peterson; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and countless friends.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Mulder; two brothers-in-law, Art Dix and Bill Mulder; two nieces, Lucille Dix and Carla Gerske; and a nephew, Johnnie Mulder.
Martin-Mattice Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.