Roland M. Neumann, Jr. passed away on April 23, 2023 at the age of 92. He recently celebrated his 92nd birthday with his family at the Milwaukee Catholic Home where he and his beloved wife of 66 years, Marie, lived.
Roland was born on March 24, 1931 in Chicago, the son of the late Roland and Marie (Fowler) Neumann. He grew up in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and graduated from Sheboygan North High School in 1949. Roland went on to attend Loyola University, Chicago, graduating in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce. He served in the United States Army following the Korean War and was stationed in Germany. On December 29, 1956, Roland married Marie Joan Brusok at Immaculate Conception Church in Sheboygan. He attended Marquette University Law School and graduated in 1959.
Roland began his career at Northwestern Mutual in Milwaukee before moving back to Sheboygan to join Security First National Bank’s Trust Department in 1965. He had a long career at the Bank (now U.S. Bank), where he was promoted to Senior Vice-President in 1976 and served in this role and as General Counsel until he formed his own law firm in 1986, now known as Hopp Neumann Humke. He specialized in estate and succession planning, probate and trust administration, and corporate law. “Rollie,” as he is known by most, proudly served his clients and the Sheboygan community for more than 50 years, serving on numerous boards and organizations. One of his longest tenures of service was to the Vollrath Company (Windway Capital) and the late Terry Kohler family. Roland met the late former Governor Walter Kohler, Jr., who was on the Board of Directors of the Bank. This led to a career-long relationship with Walter Kohler’s son, Terry, and his family. Roland joined the Windway board in 1988, serving proudly for 30 years.
Roland was the first layperson on the Board of Directors of St. Nicholas Hospital and an active parishioner at Holy Name Catholic Church. He was involved in the Elks Club, the Sheboygan Yacht Club, and Sheboygan County civic activities, receiving the Citizen of the Year award in 1983 from the Kiwanis Club. Although Roland provided invaluable advice and guidance to so many, it was his calm and gentle nature that truly set him apart.
Roland enjoyed golfing at Pine Hills Country Club where he was a member for 40 years, vacationing in Door County with his high school friends for 50 years, traveling with his family, and, in later years, spending winters in Arizona. He was a master of the grill, cooking burgers, steaks, and, of course, bratwurst for friends and family. He loved watching the Green Bay Packers, but when it came to baseball, he was a loyal Chicago Cubs fan at heart.
Roland is survived by his wife, Marie Neumann; his children, Lee Anne (Jeff) Conta of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin and Thomas (Hollie) Neumann of Green Bay, Wisconsin; his three grandchildren, Patrick, Matthew, and Katherine Conta; as well as nieces, nephews and other family and friends. He will be greatly missed.
Along with his parents, Roland was preceded in death by his sister Joy (Neumann) Bardon.
A Funeral Mass for Roland will be held on Friday, April 28th at 2:00 p.m. at Holy Name Catholic Church, 818 Huron Ave., Sheboygan. The family will greet visitors at the church from 1:00 p.m. until the time of Mass. He will be laid to rest at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Sheboygan.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions to the Roland M. Neumann Endowed Scholarship Fund at Marquette University Law School. Checks may be made payable to Marquette University Law School, with Roland M. Neumann Endowed Scholarship Fund written in the memo line. Please mail checks to Marquette University, PO Box 7013, Carol Stream, IL 60197-7013. Alternatively, memorial contributions may be made in Roland’s honor to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School. Checks may be made payable to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, with Roland M. Neumann written in the memo line. Please mail checks to 807 Superior Ave., Sheboygan, WI 53081.