Denzil Neumann

KANKAKEE — On Dec. 29, 2021, Denzil “Denny” Neumann, 81, was promoted to his heavenly home, because he had received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at a young age.

Surviving are five loving siblings, the Rev. J. Doug (Connie) Neumann, Asenath (Wilbert) Brunner, the Rev. Philip (Betty) Neumann, David Neumann and Becky Adkins; and many nieces and nephews.

Denny was born May 19, 1940, in Oak Park, the son of the Rev. Denzil and Maxine Neumann. Denny grew up in a minister’s home. As a result, he lived in Chicago, Hoopeston, Chillicothe, Estherville, Iowa, Urbana and Kankakee. He later returned to Hoopeston, where he lived until his death.

Upon graduation from high school, Denny attended Pillsbury Baptist Bible College for one-and-a-half years.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hoopeston, where he was very active in the ministry at the church, serving as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and even occasionally preaching.

Denny loved music and was self-taught in playing the Hawaiian Steel Guitar, harmonicas in various keys, pan pipes, melodica, and his most unique instrument, the musical saw. His music was a blessing to many people as he played in several meetings, camps and churches.

He loved to travel across our country. Denny’s greatest love was the West. He hiked and rode his bicycle many happy miles, along with tent camping at many a campsite.

Denny’s knowledge of the Bible, nature, science, and plants, trees and bugs, along with astronomy, amazed those who listened to him.

He was a humble spiritual giant who served the Lord with a contagious smile and a willing heart. Denny will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, until the 10 a.m. funeral service at First Baptist Church, 323 E. Seminary Ave., Hoopeston, with the Rev. Adam Taubert, the Rev. Doug Neumann, and the Rev. Philip Neumann officiating. Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens of Memory, Kankakee, where he will be laid to rest near his parents.

Memorials may be sent to Camp Assurance, Georgetown, or the First Baptist Church in Hoopeston.

Funeral arrangements are by Anderson Funeral Home, Hoopeston.

Please sign his online guestbook at anderson-