(Harry) Fredrick Neuwirth died on August 28, 2018 in Salem, Or
at age 93. He was born on April 1, 1925 in Sheboygan,
Wisconsin, the son of Christ H. Neuwirth and Anna (Ehler)
Neuwirth, emigrants from Siberia and Germany respectively.
Harry lived at home until accepted into the army upon
graduation from Sheboygan North High School in 1943 (where he
reveled in the thrill of playing football).
Sheboygan is on the western shore of Lake Michigan
which provided thousands of fish dinners to men & women
fishing from her piers each day during the depression.
Harry’s upbringing forged a work ethic and devotion
to his family and his country that endured until the day he
traveled on a railroad train for the first time in his life
on his way to The Great Lakes Naval Station to be inducted into the Army.
Several days later he was on another train on his way
to an Army airfield in Biloxi, Mississippi where the U.S.O.,
on the evening of his arrival, welcomed him with the Harry
James band in a hanger big enough to hold the south side of
Sheboygan. That is where he also gained his first glimpse of
his near future: a B-29!
served for two years in the Army Air Corps, six months of that
on the island of Guam flying twenty five combat missions over
Japan as a gunner on a B-29 bomber crew.
At war’s end his (and hundreds of similar crews) flew
a no-bombs `Show of Force’ mission over Tokyo Bay and the
Battleship Missouri as the terms of peace were being signed
stateside he was discharged from the army as a young sergeant.
The Army Air Corps was disbanded at that time.
eventually moved from Sheboygan to Oregon by way of Southern
California. In Oregon he encountered a weak job market that
rejected his applications all over Salem. He had the good
fortune to find Pentacle Theater which was seeking someone to
protect their equipment and materials from other renters of
the hall they occupied: He lived in the right wing of
Pentacle’s temporary home.
was at Pentacle that he met Salem native and Willamette U.
alumna Caroline “Caddy” Matter who,
along with The Laue’s, helped to found Pentacle
Theater. While at Pentacle Harry `acted’ as a nervous
understudy to whoever asked.
The luckiest immigrant from California and the best
known beauty in Salem, Harry and Caddy married in her
mother’s beautiful Salem flower garden on September 6, 1961.
The new couple weathered the October Storm of ‘62 in a tiny
cottage at the summit of Skyline Road with their infant son
Daniel Anthony (Born 7/15/62), eventually moving to Silverton
where their second child, Nancy Anna was born on the last day
worked for twenty three years as a letter carrier with the
U.S. Postal Service in Silverton, retiring in 1985.
Over the years the couple found great pleasure in
converting their unimproved acre-on-Silver-creek into a
showplace. Caroline also played violin with the Salem Symphony
and Harry sang baritone with the Representatives Quartet and
the Salem Senateaires. With both activities on Thursday
evenings the children enjoyed the luxury of TV at Grandma
Vestal (Matter) Loveall’s every week!
Harry and Caroline shared twenty five very happy years
before Caroline died peacefully in her sleep on Dec. 27, 1986.
from the postal service, Harry drove school bus in Salem for
several years where a fellow driver told him of a `gracious
widow’ living in Ontario, Or. Peggy Boyer and Harry managed
to negotiate a long distance romance and married in 1988. They
honeymooned in Europe and then made their home in Silverton.
In July of 2001 the couple reluctantly sold their Silverton
house-on-the creek to take up residence at The Springs at
Sunnyview in Salem where they happily settled into life in a
retirement community. Peggy
lived with cancer for six years, ultimately passing away in
February of 2013.
also volunteered throughout his retirement: at a local school
teaching kids to read, at the Salem Library, at the Oregon
Garden and at his retirement community as a member of the
took a thousand magnificent memories with him. He is survived
by both of his children: Dan (Trina) and Nancy (Tim) and two
beloved grandchildren, Elias Paul and Peyton Caroline Stuckart
of Sublimity. His family is eternally grateful for the
compassionate care he received from Willamette Valley Hospice
the last weeks of his life.
memorial service will be held Sunday, September 30 at 1:00 pm
at The Springs at Sunnyview in Salem. All who knew Harry are
welcome to attend.
written by Harry Neuwirth prior to his death.