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Thomas Neibauer 1922-2010

Nov 23, 2010

MASON CITY Thomas F. Neibauer, 88, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 at home surrounded by his loving family.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, at the Holy Family Catholic Church, 714 North Adams, Mason City, with the Rev. Kenneth B. Gehling officiating. Interment will be in the Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery in Mason City following the service. Full military honors will be conducted by members of the Mason City Veteran’s Memorial Association.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be directed to Hospice of North Iowa.

Tom was born in Emmetsburg on July 1, 1922 to Michael and Anna (Brennan) Neibauer. He graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1940. He entered the Merchant Marines in 1942 serving in World War II until his honorable discharge in 1945.

Tom married Marjorie J. Mileham on Sept. 12, 1945 at Assumption Catholic Church in Emmetsburg, where they lived until moving to Mason City in 1951. Tom worked for D-X Oil Company (later called Sun Oil) driving a gas tanker until he retired in 1985.

His love of sports in high school where he played football, basketball, and baseball, and later as a young adult boxing and tennis, continued throughout his life with bowling, playing golf and teaching each of his children to play. Tom gave freely of his time to Newman High School including coaching girl’s golf for many years. He was instrumental in establishing the Newman Booster golf tournament. For his work at Newman High School, he was nominated and received the Governor’s Volunteer Award for Outstanding Service to the State of Iowa in 1987.

Tom and Marge have been members of Holy Family Catholic Church since 1951. Tom has been a member of the Knights of Columbus, joining in Emmetsburg in 1940, and a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1006 of Mason City since 1956.

Tom was a loving husband and father and a good friend to many. He especially enjoyed family gatherings, holidays, and weekend visits, especially family golf outings.

He is survived by his wife Marge, five children and five grandchildren: Jean Neibauer of Waterloo, and her daughter Anna Akbari, New York, NY, Liz (Bette) Neibauer of Waterloo, Mary Anne and son-in law Karl Jorgenson, and their son Jonathan and daughter Meghan of Salem, OR, Tom (T.J.) and daughter-in-law Helen Neibauer of Kensett, and Bill Neibauer and his sons Anthony and Nathan of Springfield, MO. He is also survived by one sister Dorothy Gereke, Boca Raton, FL.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, sister and in-laws; Harold (Mike) and Isla Neibauer of Livonia, MI, Mildred and Keyron Burns of Minneapolis, MN, Linus and Ethel Neibauer of Hampton, Cletus and Pearl Neibauer of Emmetsburg, Paul Gereke of Boca Raton, FL and other extended family and friends.

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