Deceased May 23, 2019
John was from St. Paul, Minn., and a graduate of St. Paul Academy. At Amherst he earned degrees in history and economics. He was an outstanding member of the football team and also lettered as a member of the wrestling team.
During the Korean War, John was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served as combat engineer with the 120th Combat Engineer Battalion of the 45th Infantry Division. He saw action in Korea for six months subsequent to having spent three months in Japan as a member of the Division’s football team. After his military service, John returned to Minnesota. He loved skiing, and it was at one of the western ski areas that he met his wife, Karin.
John’s career was centered on the building products business. He and Karen spent their first 11 years of marriage in Long Island, N.Y., and later in Wilmington, Del., before returning to the Minneapolis area. In 1975 John formed his own company, a manufacturer’s representative sales agency, Residential Products Marketers. He led the firm for the rest of his career.
As a five-decade ticket holder of the Minnesota Vikings, John missed only a handful of games. He maintained a condominium at Snowmass. He made his last ski run on the slopes of Vail at age 79. His greatest passion was hunting geese and quail in Canada with Bob “Bunzo” Dunn ’48. For more than 50 hunting seasons, the two traveled to Canada, where more than half of their trips were spent at the delta marshes of Lake Manitoba.
John is survived by his wife, Karin; two children, John Neimeyer III and Martha Gart; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. John’s obituary describes a “dedicated family man who lovingly has cared for his wife during her long illness.”
Andy Scholtz ’50