David Clement Neuhaus

David Clement Neuhaus

David Clement Neuhaus


David Clement Neuhaus of Fairfax, IA passed from this life to his new life with the Lord on November 5, 2022 at the good old age of 92. Services: 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Jude Catholic Church by Rev. Christopher Podhajsky. Burial: St. Patrick Cemetery, Fairfax. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday from 2 to 7 p.m. at Teahen Funeral Home and on Thursday at the church after 9 a.m. Everyone is invited to a celebration of Dave’s life after the burial service on Thursday at St. Jude Catholic Church at 12:15 p.m. A luncheon will also be held on Friday at The American Legion Hall Pekomy from 11 to 1 p.m.

Dave was a man who loved his faith, family, country and the Iowa Hawkeyes. He led the bank in Fairfax for over 60 years. Dave was blessed on three occasions of marriage. The wife of his youth was Mary Clare (Hannon) Neuhaus. They were married for 25 years. Mary Clare lost her fight against breast cancer in 1983. His 2nd wife was Virginia (Motty) Strang

Neuhaus. Dave and Didge were wonderful grandparents to two families and resided in Fairfax from 1984 until Didge lost her fight against pancreatic cancer in 1999. Dave and his 3rd wife, Mary C. (Rosdail) Gerhold Neuhaus, were united in marriage in 2000.

Dave and Mary resided in Atkins where he could watch the annual birthing

of cattle from his living room window. Mary passed in 2013 and Dave remained in Atkins until 2019 when he moved to Mercy Hallmar Nursing Home in Cedar Rapids. A special thank you to the Hallmar staff for the loving Mercy touch he received over the past three and a half years. Dave received over 350 birthday cards at Hallmar for his 90th birthday! Dave and Mary Clare rescued and adopted two boys who had been facing foster care in Chicago: Kevin and Patrick Slater. They were children of Mary Clare’s sister, Helen. The Lord counted Kevin’s days complete and called him home in 2019. Dave outlived his parents, Theadore and Ellen (Logan) Neuhaus, four siblings and their spouses: Todd (Carol) Neuhaus, Jack (1st wife Rose and 2nd wife Shirley), Patti (Tom) Flaherty, and Marie (Frank) Karal.

Also, preceding Dave in death: his sister-in-law Frances Anne Hannon; his mentor at Fairfax Bank John L. Krall; his step son Steve Strang; step daughters Lynnete and Judy Gerhold; nephew Michael Frances Slater and niece “little” Mary Neuhaus along with Kevin’s partner, Ashley Dodge. Preceding Dave in death were close friends: Lloyd (Betty) Williams, Ben (Betty) Jones, Jim (Betty) Bayne, Dave Selzer, Bud (Joanne) Burger, Dick Flaherty, and Bill Gibney.

Dave is survived by his two loving siblings: Joseph (Cynthia) Neuhaus and Ann (David) Thuerauf. He is also survived by his son Patrick (Lois) Slater and their children David and John (Shanel) and their child Virginia. He is survived by Kevin’s ex-wife, Kay Lewis Slater and their children: Megan (Steve) Slater Schwar and their children Ava and Ivy; Emily (Matthew) Bollman and their children Isla and Lainey and her adopted son Preston Tritle, and Mark Lewis Slater. He is also survived by step children: Stacie Strang and her daughter Rebecca; Cherie Strang and her daughters Jessica (Brad) Strang Reese; Laurel (Chuck) Strang Holt, and Stefanie (John) Strang Warner; Carl (Marilyn) Gerhold, Tom (Julia) Gerhold, Randy (Pamela) Gerhold, and Jony Gerhold.

Dave is survived by nephews: Dixon (Terry) Slater, Chirs (Craig) McSherry, Tom (Susan) Neuhaus, John E. (Carla) Neuhaus, Mark Neuhaus, Jean (Loren) Meredith, Jim (Laurie) Neuhaus, Paul (Kim) Neuhaus, Michael (Diane) Karal, Steve (Beverly) Flaherty, Denny (Jan) Flaherty, Ron Theurauf, Bob Theurauf, and Dan Theurauf. Nieces: Christine Sparks Slater, Maryann Drapeau Slater, Marciana (Bill) Neuhaus Tharp, Chrissy (Patrick) Neuhaus McCleary, Cathy Theurauf Rice, Sharon Thuerauf Grice, Sue Ellen (James) Flynn, Karen (Jim) Karal Colbert, and Dr. Maureen Flaherty. Dave is also survived by Nick Dodge (Ashley’s son), other friends Larry Henkes, Tom Charles, Sister Susan O’Conner, Mike Sankot, Brian Stallman, dear friend Phyllis Ammeter, and many other friends from Fairfax, Cedar Rapids, and beyond.

Dave had many words of wisdom found in a life well lived. Perhaps noteworthy are two: “Do the next right thing” – that is something simple yet profound and it starts with each of us. He also said of banking “It’s a people’s business.” Dave loved people.

The treasured bankers who knew Dave well and are still working at “the bank Dave built” include: Patrick Slater, John Slater, Lois Slater, Laurie Neuhaus, Mike Tiernan, Patti Lopata, Tami Brush, and Jodie Regan. He is survived by outside Directors: Bill Boland, Wes Huisinga, Don Lefebure, and Gordon Sevig. Dave left his mark on the many bankers whom he worked with in the past and those still working.

A few highlights of his honorable life: a devout Christian, a loving and faith filled husband, special vacations to home and away Iowa football games with Kevin and Pat, and memorable vacations with his grandchildren.

Dave held many volunteer positions of responsibility: Chairman and member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Christian Church in Fairfax until it’s closing in 2010, he then joined St. Jude’s in Cedar Rapids; 60+ years as President and CEO of Fairfax State Savings Bank; nearly 50 years on the Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department; member of the Knights of Columbus; Air Force veteran during the Korean War; member of the Cedar Rapids Elk’s Club; 65+ years as a member of Fairfax Legion PEKOMY Post #572; Junior Achievement Hall of Fame recipient; Cedar Rapids Mercy Medical Foundation Director; Cedar Rapids Mercy Medical Board Member; Greater Cedar Rapids Foundation Director; former original College Community Clerk; and former City Clerk for the City of Fairfax.

The many kindnesses shown by Dave won’t be counted here, but the Lord knows each one. Dave was larger than life at times; he had a strong, even steely will without arrogance. He loved his Lord first, his family next and his community and the U.S.A.

He fondly remembered delivering newspapers as a boy, containing the news of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In retirement, he would recount each house in Fairfax and who lived there. He recalled working at the local filling station and the people, especially the widows that would bake treats of homemade cookies, kolaches, and candy! A few of the best memories included visiting Wyoming, Alaska, Ireland, Hawaii, Norway, Switzerland, and fishing trips to Canada. However, he loved working at the bank most of all.

Please send memorials to the Mercy Medical Foundation of Cedar Rapids, the Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department, or the Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa. Thank you.

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