Dr. Robert Neumayr

Dr. Robert J. Neumayr, age 78, of Yankton, South Dakota died on Sunday, October 10, 2021 surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 AM, on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Tom Anderson officiating.  Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Parkston, South Dakota.  Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Friday, October 15 at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a vigil service at 7:00 PM.  Visitation resumes one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Pallbearers are Matthew Strom, Michael Strom, Jakob Strom, Chuck Aman, Randy Heisinger, MD and Dave Tunge.  Honorary pallbearers are Mal Jameson, MD, John “Jack” Brockman, Steve Wescott, MD, Steve Johnson, John Frank, MD, Brad Hare, MD, John Blackburn and Marvin (Marv) Engstrom.

Bob was born May 5, 1943 in Parkston, South Dakota to Herman and Sara (Curtin) Neumayr. Bob’s educational experiences began at the age of six when he began working for his father, Herman, at Neumayr’s Market in Parkston, sacking potatoes. He continued working at the store through his grade school, high school and college years, where he learned the importance of hard work and treating people with respect and kindness. He graduated from Parkston High School in 1961.  In 1966, Robert graduated from the Pharmacy School at South Dakota State University, and in 1968 he earned a Masters Degree in Pharmacology at SDSU.

On August 21, 1967, he married Jo Ellen Maxwell in Parkston, and in September of 1968 they moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where Bob began his studies for a PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. During this time, Bob also managed the Primary Children’s Hospital Pharmacy on weekends where he became interested in Clinical Medicine.  In 1972, Bob was accepted into the University of Utah School of Medicine. He received his PhD in May of 1974 and graduated from medical school in May of 1975.  He then completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the University Utah Hospitals in 1978. The Neumayrs moved to Yankton in 1978, where Bob began his career at Yankton’s Medical Clinic. For the next 42 years, Bob loved every day of getting to know and caring for his patients. He also cherished the professional relationships that developed over the years working with members of the medical, nursing, administrative and support staffs at Yankton Medical Clinic and Avera Sacred Heart Hospital. Bob was especially grateful to the nurses he worked with at the clinic and the hospital. Beginning with Violet Waters in 1978 until his retirement, he believed he had been blessed with the opportunity to work with the very best nurses. He retired from practice in 2020 at the age of 77, a tough decision, because he truly loved his work.

Bob enjoyed a variety of hobbies through all his working years. Because of his interest in aviation, he earned his private pilot’s license. He always enjoyed meeting pilots during his years as an Aviation Medical Examiner.  Bob looked forward to the annual Oshkosh Airshow in Wisconsin, which he attended every year with family and friends since 1983.  Bob loved hunting with his family, friends and his German Shorthair dogs. He also enjoyed restoring vintage cars and motorcycles, World War II jeeps and Dodge Power Wagons.

Robert is survived by his wife, Jo Ellen of Yankton; two children: Mary (Dr. Richard) Strom of Yankton and James Neumayr of Yankton; four grandchildren: Matthew, Michael, Jakob and Sara Strom; one brother, Tom (Lona) Neumayr of Rapid City, SD; and three nephews: Robert, Andrew and Tyler.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents.

Heartfelt gratitude goes to Barb Aman, RN and Lori Hansen, MD for the extraordinary comfort and care they gave to Bob and his family in his final hours.


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18 response to "Dr. Robert Neumayr"

  1. By: Tina and David Barnes Posted: October 11, 2021

    David and I would like to express our sympathy to the family of Neumayrs for their loss. As a longtime doctor at Yankton Medical Clinic, Dr. Neumayr showed a strong dedication to his medical community and Yankton community. We all thank the Neumayr family for sharing his time with our medical community and patients.

  2. By: Glenn and Annette Johnson Posted: October 12, 2021

    We send our deepest sympathy to you. From a nurse/medical perspective, Dr.Neumayr was always kind, pleasant and had a million dollar smile. He will be greatly missed. Sending love and prayers for peace and comfort.

  3. By: Amy Huber Posted: October 12, 2021

    I would like to send my sympathies to the family of Doc he was an amazing person..he will be missed by many….may he rip ❤

  4. By: Sharon Leinen Family Posted: October 12, 2021

    Deepest sympathies for your family. My mom Sharon was a patient of Dr Neumayrs and he took very good care of her. She was grateful for his care and kindness. We thank you Dr Neumayr, our prayers for his family.

  5. By: Lee Mikkelson Posted: October 12, 2021

    Dr Neumayr was my physician for over 30 years. He was an intelligent, kind man who had a great sense of humor.. My husband enjoyed bantering with him and we had such great respect for the doctor and the man. RIP.

  6. By: Jeannette Warren Posted: October 12, 2021

    I would like to extend mt sincere condolences to the Neumayr family. My husband and I were both patients of Dr. Bob. He was always extremely kind and caring. He and my husband shared a great deal relative to flying as they were both pilots. My husband has since passed but I’m sure he would comment “grab that stick and pull back as you reach the end of that runway. and soar toward the heaven:. You have earned your wings Dr.. Bob. Rest in peace.

  7. By: Kathi Larson Posted: October 13, 2021

    Neumayr family I was so surprised to read of Dr Neumayr’s passing. I worked on Medical floor at ASHH for many, many years and each morning was greeted by him. I believe he was the tallest and I was the shortest nurse so I’m sure we looked pretty funny walking down those halls together. When I left floor nursing and went to IT to work I had the opportunity to teach him the computer system! Oh what fun we had! His patients loved him, he would walk in with that little grin on his face and they loved it! I’ll pray for your peace and comfort. I know his spirit will follow you all each day. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  8. By: Mary Maxwell Posted: October 13, 2021

    I am enjoying all the accolades about Dr. Bob, but I knew him as the kid next door growing up in Parkston. He married the “girl across the street” who was also a Maxwell , but not related to me. I also knew his Dad and know that he had Bob and his brother Tom working at the grocery store at an early age, but they were rewarded with lots of “boys toys” for their efforts ( a remote control airplane! ) and Bob carried that love of toys into his adult life!! It is truly ironic that his funeral service will start Saturday about the time that the pheasant season opener starts in South Dakota.. He will get a posthumous 21 gun salute many times over on Saturday!! RIP Bob and say hi to the old neighborhood gang you have now been reunited with.

  9. By: Debra K Welch Posted: October 13, 2021

    Dearest Dr. Neumayr, I can’t find the words to express how broken hearted I am for your family and even for myself. Not only were you my doctor, but also my mothers and my sister. You were the kindest most gracious person I have ever met. Your smile warmed our hearts even in the most dire of times. You were so loved in this world and you will be more loved in heaven. My love and prayers to your family.. Rest well my friend.

  10. By: Calvin Ratzlaff Posted: October 13, 2021

    A great common sense doctor that was loved by my father until his death in 1992 and by my wife until her passing in 2020. Conventional wisdom is in such short supply in the medical community today. I feel honored to have known him.

  11. By: Jean Janssen Posted: October 14, 2021

    I feel truly blessed to have known Dr. Neumayr. I was always impressed with his knowledge of his patients and how he could walk into a room and knew so much personal information about the patients family. He also gave so many compliments to the nurses, especially the first nurses he worked with! He will be truly missed. God’s blessings to you all!

  12. By: Mary Brandt Posted: October 14, 2021

    My sympathy is extended to the family on Dr. Neumayr’s passing. He was my late husband”s Dr for many years. Even after we relocated to Sioux Falls from Avon five years ago, we would still drive back to Yankton so LeRoy could see his favorite Doctor. May God’s love be with you in the days ahead as you adjust to life without him.

  13. By: Bill Pape Posted: October 14, 2021

    I had the privilege of doctoring with Dr. Neumayr for over 20 years. He was always not only professional as a Doctor though a trusted friend as he always made time to visit with you as patient and as a friend. Knowledgeable, totally engaged , dedicated and trusted. He’ll be missed.

  14. By: Cheri L Leader Posted: October 15, 2021

    Dr. Neumayr was a wonderful professional, but also such a good sport. He even agreed to be a part of one of the YMC Pharmacy music videos on YouTube. Blessings, Love, & Prayers to your family

  15. By: Melita Posted: October 15, 2021

    I am so sorry for your lost prayers for you and your family he was a good doctor and he will be missed

  16. By: Shar Peterson Posted: October 22, 2021

    Jo Ellen & family,
    My thoughts & prayers are with each of you at this most difficult time. Dr. Neumayer was not only a wonderful physician, but also a most kind & caring soul… Heaven rejoiced at his entrance.
    God Bless… with deepest sympathy, Shar Peterson

  17. By: Elisabeth Lyons Posted: May 23, 2022

    Doc was so amazing and such a humble healer. He was my husband’s doctor and the only one who didn’t treat him like he was faking or like he wasn’t treatable. He joked that my husband was going to make him get his old medical books out to figure out his diagnosis. But he figured it out and gave him the answers nobody else had or could. My husband has struggled to find a new doctor and wishes he hadn’t missed the last call he got from Doc. We miss his professionalism and his personality. He was truly an amazing man and is so very missed. My husband use to joke that when Doc retired he was going to have to do house calls for him. God only takes the good ones and he took one of the absolutely very best when he took Doc home and he patiently awaits his family and friends in their eternal home.

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