Edward Charles Neumayer
October 27, 1924 ~ January 20, 2013
January 31, 2013
Charles Neumayer was born on October 27, 1924 in
Bonners Ferry to Joe and Goldie Neumayer, and at
the age of 88 passed away peacefully at home on
January 20, 2013 from multiple myeloma.
Growing up in northern Idaho, he met Betty
Zimmerman while in high school. After serving in
the United State Army Transport on the MS
Imperial during WW II, he returned to Bonners
Ferry and married his sweetheart on May 27,
Attending the University of Idaho, he studied
electrical engineering. He moved to California
and worked for Lockheed on the new generation
aircraft, jets. There he collaborated on the
development of reverse thrusters used today on
virtually all American made jet aircraft.
In 1959, he moved to Richland to raise a family
and work on the Hanford Reservation. He worked
on the electrical systems development for the
control room of N Reactor and was instrumental
in designing the Ball Hopper system for
emergency shutdown of the reactor. Receiving
numerous awards and recognitions, he worked
until the final shutdown of N Reactor and
retired in 1987.
Ed served on the West Richland City Council and
as Mayor of West Richland for several years in
He endlessly served the Lord at the First
Baptist Church of Richland as Sunday School
Superintendent, Deacon and Sunday school
teacher. After retirement, he and Betty
volunteered as missionaries in many locations
from the Tri-Cities to Australia, including
three years at Master's College in California.
Later he designed the electrical system for
Richland's Liberty Christian School and donated
many months on the remodel and construction of
Following Betty's stroke in 1999, Ed was
dedicated to her care. In spite of limitations,
together they continued to serve the church.
Eventually they moved into Eagle Assisted
Living, where they continued to love and care
for their new dear friends. Even while at Eagle,
he continued to work. He was the "fix it" man,
installing shelving and counters, planting trees
and flowers and caring for the facilities. This
became their new mission field.
In 2006, after 61 years of marriage, Ed lost his
beloved Betty after she suffered another stroke.
After moving closer to family, he continued to
serve Eagle Assisted Living almost daily.
Tending to the flowers and garden and doing
whatever odd jobs he could.
In September 2012, he moved back to Eagle where
he remained until his passing.
Ed will be remembered as a hard and talented
worker, lover of his family, and servant of the
He is survived by his children: daughter Cindy
Morgan and husband Terry, daughter Nancy Cox and
husband Dennis, son David Neumayer and wife
Karen; grandchildren Kraig Kammenzind, Janelle
Brownell, Steve Johnson, Kelly Daly, Daniel Cox,
and Nicholas Neumayer and 11 great
grandchildren. Ed is also survived by sister
Lorena Shinn and husband Marion of Lewiston,
brother George Neumayer and wife Lee of Boise,
and sister Phyllis Wester of Spokane. He was
preceded in death by his parents, brother
Lawrence Neumayer and sister Louella Barlow.
A celebration of Ed's life were be held at First
Baptist Church of Richland. Memorials may be
given in his memory to Liberty Christian School