Charles Richard Neumann was born December 28, 1940 in Chicago, where he lived until he moved with his family to Arlington Heights in 1953. He graduated from Arlington Heights High School in 1959. He received the degree of Doctor of Naprapathy for the National College of Naprapathy in 1962. In addition to practicing naprapathy from 1962 to 1974, he worked as a System Coordinator for Waukegan Steel Company and from 1980-84 was branch manager, then salesman for Midwest Welding Supply Company. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights, Illinois. He was married to his wife Karla in 1972.
Sir Knight Neumann was initiated as an Entered Apprentice in Arlington Heights Lodge No. 1162 in Arlington, Heights, Illinois, on December 20, 1962; passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on January 17, 1963; and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on January 26, 1963. He served his Lodge as Worshipful Master in 1972. He was exalted a Royal Arch Mason in November of 1963 and was a member of Palatine Chapter No. 206, Palatine, Illinois. He served as Excellent High Priest in 1968. He was anointed in the Order of High Priesthood in 1968. He was greeted a Royal and Select Master in Cryptic Council No. 46, Elgin, Illinois, in 1964 and served as Thrice Illustrious Master in 1969. He received the Thrice Illustrious Masters degree in 1969. He served as Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Illinois Grand Council of Cryptic Masons in 1988-1989.
He was Knighted in 1963 in Bethel Commandery No. 36, Knights Templar, Elgin, Illinois, serving as Eminent Commander in 1967. In the Grand Commandery of Illinois, Charles was appointed Grand Captain of the Guard in 1968, and in 1969 was elected to the station of Eminent Grand Sword Bearer. In 1975, at the age of 34, he was elected to serve as Right Eminent Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Illinois. He also served as an aide to the Grand Recorder of the Grand Encampment during the 1982-85 triennium.
He joined the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Chicago, on Ap ril 1, 1970. He was Coroneted a 33°, Sovereign Grand Inspector General, on September 27, 1988, at Grand Rapids, Michigan. He became a member of Medinah Temple, A.A.0.N.M.S.,in 1963.
Additional Masonic affiliations include Knight Masons, USA; Life Member of Illinois Priory No. 11, KYCH; Arlington Heights Chapter No. 992, Order of the Eastern Star; Heather Court No. 27, Order of the Amaranth; Legion of Honor, Order of DeMolay; Medinah Conclave No. 16, True Kindred; Medinah Fire Unit; Illinois York Rite College No.15; El Jaala Grotto, M.O.V.P.E.R.;Royal Order of Scotland;Simon Peter Tabernacle XXll, HRAKTP. In 1994 Sir Knight Neumann served as Grand Chancellor of the Grand College of Rites of the USA and in 2003-2004 he served as Grand Master of the Grand Council of Allied Masonic Degrees of the USA.
Sir Knight Neumann was appointed Right Eminent Assistant Grand Recorder on July 1, 1984, by Grand Master Ned E. Dull. He was elected Right Eminent Grand Recorder at the 56th Triennial Conclave on August 13th, 1985, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was installed on August 14th, 1985. At the 56th Triennial, he was elected Secretary of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation and the Educational Foundation. On August 11, 1997, at the 60th Triennial Conclave he was elected an Honorary Past Grand Master of the Grand Encampment. He served as our Right Eminent Grand Recorder until his retirement in 2005.
Sir Knight Neumann passed away on August 13, 2014, in Green Valley, Arizona.
Cards may be sent to:
Mrs. Karla Neumann
1439 North Old Adobe Road
Green Valley, AZ 85614-6248