Mobridge Tribune

Junior Neumiller had long career in automotive industry

Junior “JR” Neumiller, 86, of Mobridge, passed from this life on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, at Mobridge Regional Hospital with his wife and family by his side.
After contracting COVID-19 in the fall of 2020, Junior experienced declining health until his passing.
Junior was well known for his wit, charisma and stubbornness. It wasn’t abnormal for his loved ones to refer to him as “that stubborn old German.” These are a few of the characteristics that won over the love of his life and wife of 66 years, Della (Sackman) Neumiller. The two fell in love dancing and hunting together, and eventually married on April 9, 1955. To this union three children were born: Vicki, Marsha and Kurt.
Junior Neumiller was born on July 25, 1935, to Robert and Ida Neumiller on the prairie in rural Campbell County. He graduated from Glenham High School in 1954 and immediately started chasing his dreams of working in the automotive industry. In 1961, at the age of just 26 years old, Junior was named the youngest manager of Cave Supply. This was only the beginning for Junior. After working as a manager for two years, he decided it was time for his next adventure. Along with a partner, JR purchased Cave Supply (later known as GTC/Carquest Auto Parts) in Mobridge. He owned and worked there for 32 years until his son, Kurt, took over.
The perfume of the auto industry was present wherever Junior went. JR loved comradery and was well known for community service. He was an active member of Jaycees, Mobridge Shriners, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, and served on the Mobridge Country Club board.
Becoming a great-grandpa or “Papa” as his girls called him, was his biggest joy in life. His girls always brought a smile to his face and joy to his heart.
JR was loved by so many, and we are comforted knowing that he is now in heaven looking down on us all, no doubt with an EJ brandy in his hand while checking the stock market with that side smirk he was so well known for.
He is survived by his wife, Della; three children, Vicki Neumiller of Mesa, Arizona, Marsha Maynard of Mobridge, and Kurt (Robbi) Neumiller of Mobridge; Three loving grandchildren, Hayle (Drew) Petersen, Lindsay (Sutton) Sandquist and Cody Maynard; and four great-grandchildren, Aurora, Thea, Layken and Lydia; and one sister, Nancy (Don) Hummel of Renton, Washington.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Ida Neumiller, and sister, Connie Auske.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *