Derald Naumann, 79
Elmore — Derald Naumann, age 79, of Elmore, died April 24, 2009, at his home. Funeral services were held April 28, 2009, at Shiloh Lutheran Church in Elmore. Rev. Robert Roettger officiated. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery in Elmore. Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Blue Earth assisted the family with the funeral services.
Derald was born in the city of Elmore on Jan. 14, 1930, the second child of Ira and Myrtle (Krosch) Naumann. The Naumann family lived in Elmore for the next year after which they moved to the former Dick Ripley farm, living there until 1939 when they moved to the Iowa farm south of Elmore. He attended country schools until graduating from Elmore HIgh School in 1947. Derald became an avid sports participant in high school with competitive roles on the winning football and basketball teams. Derald attended the University of Minnesota Ag School and quickly became a successful college wrestler, with highlights of making the final rounds of the U.S. Olympic team trials in 1952.
Derald served as a cryptographer in the Korean War, and upon the completion of his tour of duty in the Army he returned to the family farm. He remained proud of his country and its military and supported the cause by serving for more than 50 years in the local American legion post, in a variety of roles, including the role of commander.
Derald married Lois Jensen on May 26, 1956, and they later divorced. On March 17, 1967, he married Bonnie Smith in Blue Earth and they lived on the family farm until his passing. Derald was actively involved in farming his whole life, but played many other roles in the community.
After wrestling at the University of Minnesota, and for the Army, he was instrumental in founding and building the wrestling program at Elmore High School. He continued coaching until the school closed in 1990. For over 16 years, Derald was the greenskeeper at the MinnIowa Golf Club. He was a substitute mail carrier eventually having a full time mail route and retiring in 2000. He was actively involved in his church holding many offices over the years. He loved to be competitive whether it be playing cards, debating who caught the biggest fish, or in the many hours playing golf with his friends and family.
Derald passed away peacefully in his home on April 24, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, his children, Cory Naumann; Kristin (Nathan) Mannix; Brian (Jennifer) Naumann and their children, Lindsey, Jamie, Samantha and Owen; Alan (Masami) Naumann and their children, Stefanie, Michael, Bradley and Gregory; Julie (Scott) Smith and their children, Summer, Taylor (Emily) and Crystal. Derald has 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren: Spencer, Mariana, Josiah, Layla and Kaitlyn. He will also be missed by his sister JoAnn Schaumburg, and brother Donnie (Connie) Naumann, his sister-in-law Mardee (Dave) Heinrich, his brother-in-law Richard (Vickie) Houge and his aunts, Elvira Thompson, Eva Thorson and Madeline Naumann and many nieces and nephews.
Derald was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Myrtle, his brother Edwin and his wife Geri and his brother-in-law Marvin Schaumburg.
Derald was a grateful recipient of the gift of blood donated by many generous persons. Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy are requested in the form of blood donations or monetary donations to the American Red Cross to aid in blood donation efforts.
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