Leo Neubauer

CENTERVILLE — Leo Neubauer, 92, Centerville, died Sept. 30, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center, Centerville. Visitation and a Rosary were Oct. 5 at Thomas Funeral Home, Centerville. Funeral Mass was Oct. 6, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with Fr. Bill Hubmann officiating. Interment followed, at Oakland Cemetery. Leo was born March 13, 1926, to Leo and Ella (Backaus) Neubauer in Osmond. He married Patricia Walz Jan. 3, 1951, in Indianola. The Neubauer family moved to Centerville after Leo began work on the Rathbun Dam in 1965. Leo served as the superintendent of construction for Van Buskirk Construction Company for the five years it took to complete the Rathbun Dam project. Leo continued to work road construction before retiring in 1996. Leo was a WWII Army veteran serving in the Pacific Campaign from 1944-1946. He was deployed to the Philippines to serve in the 38th Infantry Unit named the Avengers of Bataan. While in the Philippines, Leo was awarded a Purple Heart. In retirement, Leo continued his love of listening and dancing to Polka music, woodworking, being a member of the Knights of Columbus, his visits to a casino, and any time spent with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and friends. Survivors include his wife, Patricia, Centerville; six children, Robert Lee Neubauer, Alta, Iowa; Lynda Kauzlarich (Kelly), Centerville; Susan Beard (Chuck), Sioux Falls, S.D.; Mary Jo Allgeier (Sammy), Pleasant Hill, Iowa; David Neubauer (Diana), Ogden, Iowa; Diane Hayes (Bryan), Atlantic, Iowa; 10 grandchildren, Tina Koestner, Chad Koestner (Courtney), Stephanie McDonald (Kris), Kari Houser (Matt), Elizabeth Rudden (Jerimiah), Valarie West (Patrick), Taylor Bliss (Jordan), Shannon Peter (Mike), Alec Hayes, Mary Hayes, nine great grandchildren and numerous extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Roselyn Neubauer; siblings, Leola Botsford, Helen Lindquist, Evelyn Stegleman, Delmar Neubauer and Donna Bell Galvin. Memorials may be directed to St. Joseph’s Hospital or HCI Care Services (hospice).

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