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Paul John Neussendorfer

March 11, 1955 January 5, 2019
Paul John Neussendorfer
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The memorial service for Paul John Neussendorfer, 63, of Leola, SD, will be 11:00am, Saturday, January 12, 2019, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Aberdeen, with Pastor Josiah Fitch officiating. Military honors by Sidney L. Smith American Legion Post 24. Paul died peacefully, surrounded by family, after a courageous battle with cancer. He passed away on Saturday, January 5, at Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD.

Arrangements by Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home, 1111 South Main Street, Aberdeen.

Paul John Neussendorfer was born on March 11, 1955 to Urban and June (Penberthy) Neussendorfer. His family lived in Sayre, PA, and later to Bismarck, ND when he was a young man. They moved to Aberdeen, SD, in 1968. Paul graduated from Central High School in 1973.

On May 4, 1973, Paul was united in marriage to Dawn Preston at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Aberdeen. He joined the United States Air Force in 1976 and went to basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. They traveled to many places with Paul’s career in the military, including two trips to England. During his time in the service, Paul continued his education. In 1998, he retired from the military and received his Bachelor of Science. He worked as an Educational Technologist with the Department of Defense until retiring in 2017.

Paul was member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Aberdeen. He was active in Gideons. Paul was also a member of the Leola Sharpshooters 4-H group and the NRA. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping, and skiing. Paul was an avid gardener and was known for his tomato plants. Tinkering with photography was a favorite pastime of his. Paul was a godly man who left a lasting legacy for his family. He loved his family and especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Grateful for having shared Paul’s life are his wife: Dawn Neussendorfer, Leola; his children: Philip Neussendorfer, Mountain Home, ID, Kristin (Jim) Schauer, Leola, Richard (Theresa) Neussendorfer, Alamogordo, NM, and Pam (Tom) Crowther, Box Elder, SD; his grandchildren: Gabriel Neussendorfer, Elaina Neussendorfer, Lia (Kyler) Dinger, Ahna Schauer, Karina Schauer, Rebekah Schauer, Joshua Schauer, Caleb Neussendorfer, Jonah Neussendorfer, Hannah Crowther and Emilie Crowther; his siblings: Robert (Stacie) Neussendorfer, Omaha, NE, David (Kim) Neussendorfer, Bellevue, NE, and Marjorie Neill, Worthing, UK; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Preceding Paul in death are his parents, Urban and June Neussendorfer.

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