Art Neumayer, 88, Orofino

     Art Neumayer, 88, of Orofino, passed away Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at his home.
     Art was born Sept. 2, 1923, at Bonners Ferry, Idaho, to Alois and Natalie Neumayer. He attended school at Bonners Ferry, where he became an outstanding boxer, being undefeated through his high school years. He was recruited by Gonzaga University, receiving an athletic scholarship for boxing. After attending Gonzaga for a year, Art was drafted into the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II. After his discharge, he returned to Gonzaga, where he went on to win two Pacific Coast Championships and was chosen Outstanding Athlete in 1947. He was later inducted into the Gonzaga Hall of Fame. Art graduated from Gonzaga in the spring of 1949.
     In that same year, he married his high school sweetheart. They moved to Orofino that fall, where he began his 38-year coaching and teaching career for the Orofino Maniacs. Art and his wife raised three children during that time.
     Art is survived by his wife at their home; one son and his wife; nine grandchildren and their families; two brothers; three sisters; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Phillip; son Dennis; father Alois; mother Natalie; daughter Patti Adams; sister Jo Ann McNall; and brother Gene Neumayer.
     A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Catholic Church in Orofino. Burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday at the Pine Hills Funeral Chapel.
     Memorials may be made to the Art Neumayer Scholarship Fund at the Orofino High School. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Orofino is in care of arrangements.

Lewiston Tribune, February 1, 2012, p. 7C
Transcribed by Jill Leonard Nock

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