Carl F. Niemann

Carl F. Niemann, 78, of Huntington, IN, died Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at 9 a.m. at his home.

Mr. Niemann was employed as a machinist at Merkler Machine Shop in Fort Wayne for 20 years, retiring in March 1993, and had also worked as a security guard for Safe Guard of Huntington.

He served in the 11th Airborne Division of the United States Army in Japan. He re-enlisted in 1952 and served with the occupation forces in Germany, then was transferred to France. He was a life member and officer of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689, a member of American Legion Post 85 and a member and past secretary of Eagles Lodge 823, Huntington. He was commander of the American Legion color guard, which he helped organize in 1991, and was captain of the Eagles flag team.

He was born March 8, 1931, in Tipton to Carl H. and Dorothy Wright Niemann and grew up in the Bippus area. He married June M. Funderburg on Nov. 7, 1954, in Huntington. His wife survives.

Additional survivors include four sons, Thomas (Julie) Niemann, of Goblesville; Charles Niemann, of Marion; and Fredrick Niemann and Carlton (Mary) Niemann, both of Huntington; two stepsons, James (Margaret) Foster Jr. and Michael (Gloria) Foster, both of Huntington; a daughter, Carolin Sue Niemann, of Huntington; a sister, Joan (Robert) Stanley, of Orlando, FL; 20 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Friday, March 20, 2009, at Calvary United Methodist Cemetery, Bippus, with Chaplain Sid Poriss of American Legion Post 85 officiating. Casket bearers were an American Legion Post 85 honor guard of Fred Kintz, Jim Biddle, Terry Kline, Jerry Weesner, Bob Johnson and Barry Baker. Military graveside honors were presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 honor guard of Carl Smith, John Stoffel, Mike Smith, Dave Rinehart and Dustin Howell, with a flag detail of Jerry Walling and Jerry Helms. Wayne Ashbaugh fired the cannon and performed Taps.

Preferred memorials are gifts to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 or American Legion Post 85 in care of Deal-Rice Funeral Home, 338 E. Washington St., Huntington, IN 46750.

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