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Heinz "Henry" Neuhaus

January 13, 1942 June 28, 2019
Heinz "Henry" Neuhaus
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Heinz “Henry” Paul Neuhaus, age 77, of Kickapoo, Illinois, was called to rest Friday morning, June 28, 2019 surrounded by his family at his beloved home. He was born January 13, 1942 in Münster, Germany to the late Paul F Neuhaus and Adele Terfort Neuhaus and was the eldest son to their seven children; Margot Masi of Italy, Barbel Bönte, Peter Neuhaus M.D., Gottfried Neuhaus, and Agnes Heiden, all of Germany. He was preceded in death by one sister, Mechtild – Sister Ruth of Sumatra Indonesia. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Mary Ann Neuhaus (nee Schmitz) along with four children; Julie Neuhaus of Pensacola, Florida, Paul (Dorie) Neuhaus of Manchester, Maine, Michael (Deanna) Neuhaus of LaSalle, Illinois, and Ashley (Russell) Stamann of Kickapoo, Illinois; six grandchildren; Mark, Kristin, Nickolaus, Matthew, Jaxon, and Jett, and one great grandchild Hunter.

He immigrated to the United States in 1961 after graduating at the top of his class as a pastry chef in search of new opportunities. He resided in the Peoria area where he met and later married his wife Mary Ann on December 28, 1963. He worked as a journeyman painter for his Father-in-law August H. Schmitz, before beginning Neuhaus Painting and Decorating where he worked for 30+ years. After retirement he was able to return to his true passion of baking, bringing joy to many with the food he made. He introduced soccer to the Kickapoo community through his affiliation with the Peoria Parochial Soccer League by establishing the St. Mary’s Soccer Program in the 1970’s. He was also active in the Peoria Youth Soccer League as a coach for many years. He served as a past Grand Knight of the Bishop Rosati Council, a Fourth Degree Knight for the Knights of Columbus of Council 206, and a former member of the German American Society where he cooked alongside his dear friend Ray Barsch. He belonged to St. Mary’s Parish of Kickapoo and was an active member of the Men’s Club for several years. He had a variety of interests such as soccer, the St Louis Cardinals, old Western films, classical music, and his Wednesday euchre games with Bernie, Dave, and Fred. His family and their children were the light of his life.

Services will be Saturday July 6th at 11:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Kickapoo with a celebration of life to follow at the parish hall. A special thank you to the Unity Point Hospice team for their loving care and support during his final days. Memorial donations may be made to the Whitney’s Walk for Life or the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois.
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