Feb. 14, 1951 — April 16, 2017
Steven Francis Neuman was born Feb. 14, 1951 at, he would say with a smirk, the Lebanon Library, which is the former Lebanon Hospital.
Steve was an adventurous man with many talents.
After graduation from high school, he set off on his motorcycle to see the country, and ended up in Montana where he worked as a hand on a cattle ranch.
He joined the United States Army in 1973. Because of growing up around a Czechoslovakian grandfather who spoke little English, his language skills secured him a position as a German interpreter. He was honorably discharged in 1976.
He attended Portland State University for a bit, but realized he was a “hands on” person.
He worked as a chimney sweep, complete with top hat and coat.
He had the opportunity to try a new adventure when a friend mentioned a packing house in Bend for sale. Steve and his friend owned and operated the Crooked River Meat Packing Company for a number of years.
After selling the packing house, Steve's construction skills landed him a job for a year and a half building the now Weston Hotel on St. John.
Time in the Caribbean afforded Steve opportunity to pursue his passion for treasure hunting and later, stateside, gold dredging.
Every opportunity Steve had, the neighbors knew he was headed in search of gold when his camper-laden truck and trailer would go down the road. The windows would be wide open and the music of the Indiana Jones theme filling the neighborhood air waves.
Steve worked for Georgia Pacific Corporation in Halsey for 17 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Al Neuman and Daisy Goergen; and sister Veronica Trejo.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughters Tracey Pezo and her husband Mike of Las Vegas, and Alicia Malone and husband Dave Buck, son Jackson, and soon to enter the world, Lucas Steven of Maryland; stepson Matthew Moore, wife Gwen, sons Brandon and Austin of Montana; stepson Mike Moore of Hood River; stepdaughter April Williamson, husband Bryce and family Abbey, Morgan and Arlynn of Veneta; kitties Andy, Emma and Spencer who snuggled him and made him laugh; brother Val Neuman and wife Lynne of Lebanon; sister Beverly Hopkins of Albany.
Steve trusted and gave his life to the saving love and grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ a year and a half ago. That same Jesus lovingly wrapped His arms around him and showed him that glorious Resurrection Sunday sunrise we had from the other side.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on July 15 at the First Baptist Church in Brownsville.
Contributions may be made to Huntington's Research, or the Hospice House in Albany, in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 SW Washington St., Albany, OR 97321. Online condolences for the family may be posted at www.fisherfuneralhome.com.