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Neil A. Katzenmeyer, 82, of Brownton

Neil Katzenmeyer
Neil Allyn Katzenmeyer, 82, of Brownton, died Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at his home.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 25, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton with the Rev. R. Allan Reed officiating. Dawn Wolter was the organist. Congregational hymns were “Just As I Am,” “I’m But a Stranger Here” and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.”
Casket bearers were Mr. Katzenmeyer’s grandchildren, Troy Todnem, Tracy Rollie, Kelly Atkins, Lacey Levies, Kirk Hlavka, Megan Sikkila and Paige Sikkila. Honorary casket bearers were his great-grandchildren, Collin and Morgan Rollie and Austin Lavies, the Rev. Robert Smith, Ralph Karns, Stanford Hlavka, James Sikkila and the Brownton Coffee Group.
Interment was in the church cemetery.
Neil Allyn Katzenmeyer was born July 29, 1932, at his parents’ home in Brownton. He was the son of Walter and Selma (Proehl) Katzenmeyer. He was baptized as an infant, and confirmed in his faith as a youth on June 23, 1946, both by the Rev. M.A. Schulz at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart. He was educated in Brownton, and was a graduate of the Brownton High School class of 1950.
On Sept. 8, 1950, he was united in marriage to Verona Lindeman at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart. Their marriage was blessed with four children, Kolleen, Daryl, Wanda and Robin. The Katzenmeyers resided in rural Brownton. They shared 64 years of marriage, and enjoyed the past 24 winters at Happy Wanderer Retirement Park in Indio, California.
Mr. Katzenmeyer was a lifelong farmer for the family business, Katzenmeyer Farms. He also owned and operated T&J  Bus Company and Brownton Oil Company. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton, where he served as treasurer, chairman of the congregation and Sunday school. He enjoyed attending Trinity Lutheran Church in Indio, California, during the winter months. He also was a member of the Brownton C&C Association and a board member of the Brownton Rod & Gun Club.
Mr. Katzenmeyer enjoyed fishing; he was a master fisherman. He and Verona enjoyed their lake home on Eden Lake near Eden Valley. He also enjoyed playing cards, especially Sheephead, and listening to country music. He played volleyball at the retirement park in California every winter until the age of 81. He loved working with his hands and could repair anything. He loved sharing memories of his life, and especially cherished spending time with his family, grandchildren and countless friends.
He is survived by his wife, Verona Katzenmeyer of Brownton; daughters, Wanda (Stanford) Hlavka of Unionville, Virginia, and Robin (James) Sikkila of Brownton; grandchildren, Troy Todnem, Tracy Rollie, Kelly (John) Atkins, Lacey (Sean) Lavies, Kirk Hlavka, Megan Sikkila and Paige Sikkila; great-grandchildren, Collin and Morgan Rollie and Austin Lavies; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Elva Wendlandt, Lester Lindeman, Lil Lindeman, Elmer (Elsie) Schulz, Mary Ann (Clarence) Schatz, Donna Reinitz and Betty Katzenmeyer; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Selma Katzenmeyer; children, Kolleen Todnem and Darryl Katzenmeyer; and brothers, Wesley, Lyle and Stanley Katzenmeyer.
Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.