Otto Neuhardt, 83, of Miles City died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, surrounded by family at Holy Rosary Healthcare.
Mr. Neuhardt was born on Feb. 12, 1931, at the Darcy Hospital in Miles City to Fred and Caroline Alexander Neuhardt.
He was raised on the family farm/ranch at Crow Rock. Mr. Neuhardt was confirmed in the Watkins Congregational Church and currently attended the First Lutheran Church. He attended grade school at Tree Coulee School, and graduated from Custer County High School. He received his bachelor of science degree in teaching from Eastern Montana College.
He married Elvera Haglof. They were married for 60 years.
Mr. Neuhardt started his career in a one-room school house and ended 40 years later at Custer County District High School. He is admired and loved by his students. He participated in the German foreign exchange teacher program.
He was a member of the Miles City County Planning Board, president of the Montana Education Association, instrumental in founding the first 4-H club in Garfield County, owned a title insurance company, developed the Neu-Vu subdivision, did excavation subcontracting for residential construction, was actively involved in the Boy Scouts, did ranching and custom haying, headed the Murial Cooksey Accordian Jamboree, and played for country dances for 60 years in southeastern Montana.
Mr. Neuhardt is survived by his wife, Elvera, and his sister, Leah Jesko; children, Sharon (Monty Mulkey), Ellis (Elizabeth Michels) Neuhardt, Kim Neiffer, Elvis Neuhardt and Jon Neuhardt; grandchildren, Levi Mulkey, Candice Lamb, Shane Mulkey, Mark Neuhardt, Andrew Neuhardt, Larisa Watson, Latoya Gardner and Tanner Neiffer; and great-grandchildren, Kyra Watson, Bryan Watson and Jazzmin Watson.
A prayer service will be Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 6 p.m. in Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the First Lutheran Church in Miles City. A graveside service will be in the Custer County Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at The Parlor, 1806 Main St.
Memorials may be made to: Dollars for Scholarships, Range Riders or the First Lutheran Church.