Calvin Neeman, Sr.
Date: Sunday, October 4
Time: 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Pitman Funeral Home, 1545 Wentzville Pkwy., Wentzville, MO
Date: Monday, October 5
Time: 10:00 am
Living Lord Lutheran Church, Lake St. Louis, Missouri
Our Lady Cemetery
Memorial contributions may be made to the Living Lord Church or to the American Heart Association, care of Pitman Funeral Home, 1545 Wentzville Parkway, Wentzville, M0, 63385
Calvin Amandus Neeman Sr. age 86 of Lake St. Louis, Mo. born in Valmeyer IL, formerly of Cahokia IL, and Dupo High School graduate was called to his Lord and Savior on October 1st, 2016.
Most notably recognized as a professional baseball player with the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates, Cal began his baseball career signing with the New York Yankee’s in Joplin Missouri as an uninvited tryout. He attended Illinois Wesleyan University where he was an acclaimed baseball and basketball player, later he graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
He was a Korean War veteran, active in his church and served on numerous local boards. Always the competitor Cal developed a contagious passion for golf which he shared with everyone. He was a teacher, coach, and mentor to many.
While in the Yankee organization he met, married and cherished his lifelong adoration Mary Ann, nee Minchich, Neeman from Binghamton, NY. In their 61 years of marriage they raised five children with a reverence for God and secondary love of family.
He was preceded in his death by his parents, Amandus Neeman and Elenore, nee Johanning, Neeman, and an older brother that passed shortly after birth.
Surviving siblings are a brother Earl (Carolynn) Neeman of Macinaw, Il, and a sister Adeline (Al) Ferry of East Carondelet, Il.
He has five surviving children, all of which cannot adequately articulate their immense love for their father: Calvin and (Carol) Neeman of Waterloo IL, Jim and (Sue) Neeman of Freeburg Il., Lori and (Louis) Wray of Lake St. Louis, Mo., Susanne (Kevin) Graham of Dardenne Prairie, Mo., and Paul Neeman of Creve Coeur, Mo.
Immeasurably, his positive influence encouraged his six grandchildren: Collin (Jill) Neeman, Jake Neeman, Leslie (Adam) Robertson, Louis C. Wray, Charles Wray, Kevin Graham, and Katelynn Graham.
Visitation: Friends may call from 2pm-6pm Sunday, October 4th, 2015 at Pitman Funeral Home, 1545 Wentzville Parkway, Wentzville MO.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held Monday, October 5, at 10 a.m. at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 500 Cedar Circle Dr., Lake St. Louis, Mo. with Pastor Roy Christell officiating. Interment will be at Our Lady Cemetery, Lake St. Louis, Mo.