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Obituary: NEUMANN, GUNTER

Published: Sunday, Sept. 21 2014 12:32 p.m. MDT

Gunter Siegmund Walter Neumann 1921 ~ 2011

Gunter Siegmund Walter Neumann, beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and great-grand-father, passed away peacefully February 4, 2011 surrounded by his loving family.Born in Berlin, Germany on October 19, 1921 to Alfred Max Karl Neumann and Gertrud Aderhold. His family immigrated to Salt Lake City in 1927, and then moved to Farmington in 1932. While attending Davis High, he bought 40 acres of land and farmed it for nine years. He funded his mission call to Switzerland by selling his farm. He fondly remembers the hours spent searching for the Swiss temple site with David O. McKay. After his mission, he became an apprentice to a baker in Bern, Switzerland. He also met his future wife, Moselle, who was working in the American Embassy in Bern. They married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 2, 1954 and have six living children. Gunter worked in the family bakery, 'The Bread Basket' until it closed in 1974. He then turned his garage into a bakery, and created many wonderful treats until his leg amputation in 2005. Gunter loved missionary work and teaching the gospel. He also loved his raspberry, cherry, and peach orchards, as well as his model train room. Preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and stillborn son (Moses). Survived by his wife, Moselle Geddes, sisters Dorothy (Gene) Severin, and Grace Neumann. Also survived by his six children, Gregory (Valerie) Neumann, LaVerne, CA; Jeffrey Neumann, Atlanta, GA; Musetta (Hal) Mortimer, Antioch, CA; Randall (Krystal) Neumann, Tooele, UT; Reid Neumann, Farmington, UT; Trudy (Timothy) Johnson, Farmington, UT; 22 grandchildren and three great-grand-daughters. Gunter will be remembered for his hundreds of beautiful and delicious wedding cakes, and his own creations of éclairs, brownies, chocolates, and gourmet cookies. His love for Farmington was shown every year as he lit his 55 foot pine tree during Christmastime and gave out thousands of doughnuts to trick-or-treaters at Halloween. He and his father (and now his son, Reid), are remembered for providing homemade sacrament bread every week for 73 years. He will also be remembered for his many musical renditions on his saw, and his lively story telling. Look for the Christmas tree to be lit in his honor, and celebrate with us a life well lived. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 14 at 11:00 a.m. with viewing 9:30-10:45 at the Farmington South Stake Center, 695 South 200 East, Farmington, Utah. Additional viewing Sunday, February 13, 6-8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 1941 North Main, Farmington, Utah. Interment; Farmington Cemetery. Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com