Edgar John Niemann May 28, 1920 – May 13, 2004
Longtime Glenwood Springs resident and local businessman Edgar John Niemann died Thursday, May 13, 2004, in Valley View Hospital. He was 83.
Mr. Niemann was born May 28, 1920, in Cook, Neb., to Louis and Ella (Bentzinger) Niemann. He graduated from Cook High School and then went on to earn a B.S. degree in mathematics from Doane College in Crete, Neb.
After working for several years at Chanute Field in Illinois, he joined the Navy in 1943 and earned his wings in Florida. The war ended shortly after that and, deciding he wanted to be a florist, Mr. Niemann went to work at Walton’s Greenhouse in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where he learned the flower business.
He married Naomi Fenske in Sidney, Neb., on Sept. 28, 1947. In 1952, they moved to Glenwood Springs, where they bought Glenwood Floral and Greenhouse. Together, they ran the business for the next 40 years, eventually joined by their son, Scott, and daughter, Holly. Along the way, they changed the name of the business to Niemann’s Gardens.
After retiring to Traver Point, in 1992, the Niemanns continued raising flowers, just for the joy of it. In addition to loving flowers, Mr. Niemann enjoyed helping others and exploring the beauty of this area.
He was a member of the Re-1 school board for 14 years, starting in the early days of the district. He was also an elder of the Glenwood Church of Christ. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, the West Glenwood Sewer Board and the Oasis Creek Water Board.
He is survived by his wife, Naomi; his son, Scott, and wife, Birgie, of Rochester, Mich.; his daughter, Holly Rodgers, and husband, Tim, of Garland, Texas; his brothers Eldon, of Spring Hill, Fla., and Lloyd, of State College, Pa.; and his sister Vernelle Plessman, of Crete, Neb.
His is also survived by eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, May 29, at 11 a.m., at the Glenwood Church of Christ, 260 Soccer Field Road. Pastor Mark Hauptli will officiate. There will be a private inurnment at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Glenwood Church of Christ, 260 Soccer Field Road, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.Memorial contributions may be made to the Glenwood Church of Christ, 260 Soccer Field Road, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.
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