Otto Wilhelm Neuhaus

Otto Wilhelm Neuhaus, 86, of Vermillion, passed away on Nov. 14, 2009 at his residence.

Otto was born on Nov. 18, 1922 in Zweibrucken, Germany to Clemens Jakob and Johanna Amalie (Schnorr) Neuhaus.  The family moved to the United States in 1927, settling in Huntington, WV.  While attending the University of Michigan, Otto met Dorothy Ellen Rehn and on Aug. 30, 1947 the couple was married in Cleveland, OH.

Otto obtained his Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1955, the University of Michigan.  He then moved to Detroit, where he served as the chairman of the Department of Biochemistry at Wayne State University from 1955 – 1966. The family then moved to Vermillion in 1966, where Otto served as the chairman of the Biochemistry Department at the University of South Dakota Medical School for 22 years, retiring in 1988. 

Otto was very active in the community belonging to Sigma Xi, Gourmet Couples Club, and Trinity Lutheran Church, where he served a term as vice president. He loved to collect pewter, and grow roses. He was an avid reader, and spent many wonderful years teaching Sunday School and Bible classes.  He adored spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his son, Tom (Eve) Neuhaus of San Luis Obispo, CA; his two daughters, Carol (Frank) Scheel of Richfield, MN, and Joanne (Ross) Currie of Nipomo, CA; his brother, Francis Neuhaus of Skokie, IL; six grandchildren, Lisa Edwards, Brendan Donohoe, James Neuhaus, Christina Culver, Juliet Donohoe and Linnea Neuhaus; and three great-grandchildren, Jeremy, Liam and Cameron Edwards.

Otto is preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, with Rev. Ed Anderson officiating. Burial followed in Bluff View Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov.18 with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at Iverson-Siecke-Kober Funeral Home in Vermillion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Oscar Howe Memorial Association at University of South Dakota, 414 E. Clark Street, Vermillion, SD; or to Trinity Lutheran Church, 816 E. Clark Street, Vermillion.  Condolences may be sent online at

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