Funeral service for Albert J. Newman is Tuesday,?March 5, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Nicholas Thackery will officiate.
Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg. Military rites will be performed by V.F.W. Post #2295, Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.
Albert (Al) Johnnie Newman was born Aug. 29, 1931, in Eddy County, Warwick, ND, the son of Johnnie and Georgia (Coenen) Newman. Al graduated from New Rockford High School. Al moved to Emmetsburg with his parents in 1949. He worked with Commercial Construction Company until 1952, at which time he joined the United States Army.
Al took his basic training and radio school in Camp Roberts, CA. Then he was sent to Korea, where he was stationed in the battle zone as a rifleman and radio operator. He was promoted to Sgt. and Chief Radio Operator of the 179th Regiment where he served until the end of the Korean War.
Al returned home in 1954 and was united in marriage to Catherine (Kay) L. Johnson on April 12, 1955 at his dying father's bedside and then on April 17, 1955 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg.
Al was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, V.F.W. Post #2295 in Emmetsburg and American Legion Post #0036.
Al attended brick laying 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.
Al got this pilot's license and enjoyed flying. He loved hunting, fishing and playing cards with his family. He moved to Fairmont, MN for ten years and then to Blair, NE to be closer to family.
Al passed away Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at the Good Shepherd Home in Blair, NE, at the age of 81. He is survived by his wife, Kay and children, Johnnie Newman, Kristi (Dave) Reinders, Robbie (Jean) Newman, Kim (Bob) Sims. Also, surviving are his sisters, Ellen Dix and Arlene (Burdette) Peterson; his eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and countless friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 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.
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